U2 beat Stones to tour world record
U2 have knocked the Rolling Stones off the number one spot after their 360 world tour became the most successful ever.
The Elevation rockers played a sell-out show at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo on Sunday night, helping them take the record held by the Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang tour, which grossed 554 million dollars between 2005 and 2007, Billboard.com reports.
U2 manager Paul McGuinness said: "Fans all over the world agree that a ticket to U2 360 is good value for money. We're really proud of this tour and this achievement is great news, coming as we head back into North America."
U2 still have 26 more gigs left to play before their final show in Canada on July 30, and the total ticket sales for the 360 tour are due to be over 700 million dollars.
McGuinness added: "That dollar figure for the gross looks enormous! Of course I can't tell you what the net is, but I can tell you that the band spend enormous sums on production for their audience."
The US leg of the tour was delayed in May last year when frontman Bono had to undergo emergency surgery in Munich for a back injury.
Tour promoter/producer Arthur Fogel said: "These numbers are staggering, a fantastic result. U2 have invented a new style of rock show and they continue to deliver their fans the best possible live experience.
"An in-the-round transportable stadium production is something that the touring industry has been trying to figure out for some time.
"The extra capacity that the U2 360 creates also allows for a large number, several thousand in fact, of low priced tickets at every show."