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Rolling Stones' Tour Breaks Attendance Records

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The Rolling Stones' most recent world tour is one for the record books. The British rock greats brought in $558,255,524 between August 21, 2005 and August 26, 2007, making their "Bigger Bang" tour the top-grossing trek in history.

Providing the box-office tally to Billboard magazine was longtime Stones tour producer Michael Cohl.

The tour far surpassed U2's 2005-06 Vertigo tour, which took in $389 million. The previous record-setter was the Stones' $320 million Voodoo Lounge tour of 1994-95.

Cohl said 4.68 million tickets were sold on the 144-date "Bigger Bang" tour, which saw the Rolling Stones visit such countries as Romania, Serbia, and Montenegro for the first time.

Speaking to Billboard, Cohl said "We had to overcome a lot; this was like Homer's 'Odyssey.' There were all sorts of difficulties to overcome and it turned out to be just one amazing triumph."

Among those difficulties was guitarist Keith Richards' widely-discussed fall from a tree in Fiji in April, 2006. Despite suffering a head injury, Richards successfully recovered and finished the tour. - VOA News

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