The Rolling Stones recently completed a second European “No Filter” tour leg and, in typical Stones fashion, submitted box office numbers that would be the envy of almost anyone else for a full global jaunt.
Mick and the boys, with the help of promoter Concerts West and local co-promoters, saw 14 sold-out stadiums during the May-July leg, ringing up nearly $116.6 million grossed and averaging 57,763 tickets sold per report. Those figures are down somewhat from last fall’s similar-sized tour leg, which grossed just shy of $120 million and averaged 62,945 tickets sold during September and October.
The Stones were No. 3 on Pollstar’s Mid Year Top 100 Worldwide tours chart before the two additional shows were reported.
Combining both legs, the Stones rolled up a total gross of $236,545,265 and moved 1,506,259 tickets in Europe.
Notable stops on the spring caravan included two sellouts at the 68,737-capacity London Stadium with opener Florence + The Machine that grossed $20,496,695 (£14,896,395); and single shows at 55,000-cap Twickenham Stadium ($11,105,252; £8,346,989) and 67,295-capacity Olympiastadion Berlin in Germany ($12,113,470; Euro 10,371,033).
The tour wrapped July 8 at 52,355-cap Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland, with opener Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, grossing $7,580,943.
So, now that The Rolling Stones have pillaged Europe, when can we expect them to return Stateside?
We could cajole only a qualified “no comment” from Concerts West’s John Meglen, who reluctantly added, “They never said that was the end!”