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U2 smashes tour records

U2’s 360 tour has officially broken the records to become the highest attended tour ever and the highest grossing tour in history.

The tour has now passed the $558 million gross mark set by the Rolling Stones on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour of 2005-2007 and is expected to gross nearly $700 million by the time it wraps in late July. With 110 shows and more than 7 million tickets sold, the tour has also broken the record set by the Stones’ ‘Voodoo Lounge’ tour of 1994-1995, which sold over 6.4 million tickets.

The band’s manager Paul McGuinness has boasted to Billboard that ” with a further 20-plus shows to go on the tour is kind of mind-blowing. It means that it’s a record that will probably never be outstripped. We were always very conscious that we had two parallel careers, as recording artists and as live performers, and each was absolutely vitally important. In our own kind of quiet way we were all somewhat military about it. We would talk about territories and conquering them, and if there was somewhere that was slower to come along, we would go back there and work it again. Bono is kind of a closet General Patton. So, for us, this is a real victory.”

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Hinee

Hinee said on the 11th Apr, 2011

"It means that it%u2019s a record that will probably never be outstripped."

Big call, records were made to be broken.

The show was pretty amazing though and well worth those figures.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 11th Apr, 2011

I wonder if it ever turned a profit.

The previous rumours were that it cost upwards of $650,000 a day to run the tour, even on nights when there was no concert.

Each of the three claw stages was rumoured to cost between $40 and $140 million.

Hinee

Hinee said on the 11th Apr, 2011

They have THREE different stages? Fuck me.

I work next door to suncorp stadium so got to see the semi trailers coming and going all day for weeks, makes sense that they would need that many to be ready for shows around the place though.

lukey26

lukey26 said on the 11th Apr, 2011

What this means is that the Stones will produce one hell of a tour soon. They don't want Bono to steal their glory.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 11th Apr, 2011

The Stones need to do a tour of theatres.

therat

therat said on the 11th Apr, 2011

I've got money on Pink breaking that record by performing a 678 day tour in Australia in 2014/15

scottyk82

scottyk82 said on the 12th Apr, 2011

didn't know there was that many people in the world with shit taste in music.....

chewy

chewy said on the 19th Apr, 2011

i just can't help but think a lot of that has to do with the brilliant support acts (jay z, muse, black eyed peas, interpol, snow patrol etc)

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 19th Apr, 2011

I don't know how many people would pay double the usual price for a support act to see them play in a stadium that no doubt has shit acoustics

hopefully bono will have more money to donate to charity so he doesn't keep crapping on about me parting with my hard earned and rather limited coin

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 19th Apr, 2011

Your spare change can make far more of an impact than Bono's millions ever could...

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 19th Apr, 2011

Snow Patrol were picked as a support so that U2 could be 100% certain they would be the most exciting band of the night.

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 19th Apr, 2011

i think the point is if we all donated a few dollars....no wait, it still wouldn't be as much cash as bono is sitting on...my bad,