Monday, August 27, 2007

The Stones Wrap it Up

Reuters news service covered the end of the Stones' two year world tour in support of the 'new' album A Bigger Bang (wow, it feels like it came out, well two years ago). Two years is a long time to be on the road. Here are some stats, from the story:

The marathon tour comprised 146 performances in 31 countries and Puerto Rico. First-time stops included mainland China, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, as well as last year's Super Bowl in Detroit.

Along the way, Jagger and Richards each lost a parent, and Wood his older brother. Last October their former record label boss, Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, slipped backstage during their concert in New York, fell into a coma and died seven weeks later.

The North American shows, which accounted for just over half the performances, grossed $300 million and attracted 2.2 million people, according to Pollstar, a concert trade publication.

They forgot to mention that along the way Richards admitting snorting his dead dad's ashes. Then said he didn't. And then said he did after all.

Long live the fricking Stones.

1 comment:

Ned said...

If you want to read an amazing (nearly) day by day account of the tour you should check out Chuck Leavells blog:

Chuck has been the Keyboard player and music director (he and Mick create the set list each night) for several years.