forever because of the unique nature of that tour and that band."
"They print money," he says, noting that the band's run of five 50 Omega Seamaster 300 No Date and Counting shows in late 2012 grossed $38.7 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.
"In terms of the business of touring, the Stones either invented it, improved upon it, and/or changed it forever," Waddell says "They've broken ground in the areas of production, sponsorships, merchandising, VIP ticketing and overall touring economics. So many things that are a matter of course in the live business today originated with the Rolling Stones. But none of that would matter if they weren't simply a kickass band with kickass songs."
That short stint ranked 33rd among 2012 tours, according to Pollstar. Tickets averaged $529 each, the priciest of the year's top 50 Omega Watches Speedmaster Professional
The Stones' last global outing was A Bigger Bang, which grossed $558 million from August 2005 to August 2007. It stood as history's biggest until U2's ambitious 360 tour in 2009 2011 set new records for attendance (7.2 million) and gross ($736 million).
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shows in London and New York last year and had such a good time that we thought let's do some more. It's a good show. Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd. It's great fun to be able to get that close to the audience."
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tours and more than double the cost of the next highest, $263 for an average Barbra Streisand ducat.
Keith Richards added: "From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh. You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it. It was like open the gates let us out! 'Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people."
"So while their ticket prices are typically the highest, so is the level of what's being offered. Few bands can serve up such a revered canon of songs that are so meaningful in rock and still play them at a very high level. All the talk about how high Stones tickets are misses the point: You get what you pay for. I saw them in December. They killed it."
Price was no barrier. Every Stones show sold out.
Today the band announced it will kick off a nine city North American leg of its 50 and Counting tour in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The date will be announced pending the NBA/NHL playoff schedules. The tour will visit Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. Ticket prices were not announced.
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The Rolling Stones on April 3 announced they will kick off a nine city North American leg of their 50 and Counting tour in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The date will be announced pending the NBA/NHL playoff schedules. 25. The band played five gigs to celebrate their 50th anniversary, including two shows at O2 and three more in the USA.
"Any year the Stones are touring is special," says Ray Waddell, Billboard senior editor/touring. "The Rolling Stones are one of the few guaranteed home runs in the live music business and have been since the early '80s. They are in an elite class. They don't compete with other bands. There is no substitute. That's why their ticket prices are what they are. How many opportunities do rock 'n' roll fans get to witness history, and maybe more importantly, how many more chances will there be?
Waddell has covered every Stones tour since Steel Wheels in 1989. Since then, the band has likely grossed at least $2 billion at the box office worldwide (receipts are incomplete) and another $1 billion in ancillaries like merchandising, sponsorships, live albums and DVDs, he estimates.
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