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Rolling Stones sold $38.4 million-worth of tickets for five shows


The Rolling Stones raked in a massive $38.4 million in ticket sales from their five comeback concerts last year.

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The rock icons performed a handful of star-studded dates as part of their 50 and Counting anniversary tour, with two shows in London, one in New York and two in New Jersey. The shows sold out within minutes of going on sale, and tickets ranging from around $144 to $1,520. The band came under fire for the high prices, but guitarist Ronnie Wood previously justified the price by claiming it was costing the rockers "millions" to set up their stage. According to, the Stones sold a total of 364,864 tickets for the brief run.

The five concerts featured a stellar lineup of guests, with appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, the Black Keys and John Mayer, as well as former bandmates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

Jan 19, 2013 8:53AM

Went to one of the live shows in NJ-and watched the

pay per view show at home a few nights later. Still can't get over the

extraordinary sound system. Great stuff. Expensive-true.

And yes 5 shows x 20,000 capacity equals 100, 000.-not

300.000 plus. Anyone know how many world wide saw the

pay per view at $45 a pop? That's where the serious money is.

Obviously The Stones Can Always Get What They Want.

If you've never seen them-rumors have it they will be back

in 2013. Jump.

Jan 18, 2013 2:15PM

The Stones,

I can't believe they're still

doing it after all these years.

I watch them whenever I can...


...Fred and Barney

Jan 18, 2013 2:13PM
5 shows - 364,000 tix? - these were all arena shows...about 21,000 per show x 5 shows is not 364,000.
Jan 18, 2013 2:11PM
What happened to peace, love and a group of young rebels writing the songs that spoke for all of us?  This might sound idealistic but wasn't that the idea?  Still love their music but we loved them then because they stood for something - now, apparently, what matters is the buck.  1975 Cow Palace in San Francisco: the Star stage, Mick riding the blow up phallus and a great show worth every bit of the $15 ticket.  I was an 18 year old kid who had just graduated from high school and was there to watch my musical heroes.  In the words of a couple of my idols: "What can a poor boy do?".  Apparently he can't afford to see the Stones anymore. 
Jan 18, 2013 1:14PM
Not worth the cheapest price for the best seats, yeah now you have to sit in assigned seats not like the good old days when you could be in the 1st row about 8ft. away for 6 bucks. They have become caracatures of themselves.
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