The Rolling Stones have rocketed to the top of Pollstar's weekly top global tour rankings with new results submitted from the band's 2017 fall tour of Europe. The legendary British rocker's Concerts West/AGE Presents produced No Filter Tour grossed nearly $120 million over 14 stadium shows, which launched Sept. 14 in Hamburg, Germany, and wrapped up Oct. 25 in Paris.
Pollstar reports on Nov. 8 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers dislodged U2 from their long run at the top of the chart, notching an average gross of over $10.2 million per event and an average of 62,945 tickets sold over 11 cities. U2 came in at No. 2, earning a healthy $9.15 million from 21 cities reported and an average of 79,510 tickets sold with Coldplay ($6 million), Metallica ($3.9 million) and Guns N' Roses ($3.8 million) filling out the top five Global Concert Pulse chart positions, which are available here.
The Stones charged an average ticket price of $158, compared to U2’s $115 per ticket. Concerts West CEO John Meglen credits the tour's solid performance with the ability to find the “sweet spot.”
“We continue to find the sweet spot,” Meglen tells Pollstar. “It’s not about how much can we charge, it’s about how can we find what these seats are worth.”
The “Satisfaction” hitmaker's fall trek did not include any shows on their home turf in the United Kingdom. But frontman Mick Jagger told The Sun on Tuesday that The Stones are “getting plans into place” for some big U.K. Shows in 2018.
No word yet on any 2018 Stones tour dates in North America, but U.S. fans can still take in the band's retrospective exhibit "Exhibitionism," which continues its current run through Jan. 31, 2018 in Las Vegas at The Palazzo. Stones fans looking ahead to the holiday season can hit their piggy band for the upcoming archive release of The Rolling Stones – On Air, , which will hit shelves in multiple formats on Dec. 1 via Universal/Polydor and is available for preorder here. For all the latest details on The Rolling Stones, click here.