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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 November, 2003, 17:57 GMT
Stones tour licks up $300m
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger on stage
Forty Licks was billed as the band's 40th anniversary tour
The Rolling Stones' Forty Licks world tour was the second highest grossing concert series ever, reports say.

The 116-venue tour grossed nearly $300m, playing to more than 3.4 million people, Billboard magazine said.

It ranks behind only the Stones' marathon Voodoo Lounge stadium tour, which grossed $320m in 1994-95.

Billed as the band's 40th-anniversary tour, Forty Licks began on 3 September, 2002, in Boston, and ended on 2 October 2003 in Zurich.

The band played a variety of stadiums, arenas and theatres and filled venues to 99% capacity over the dates.

They played in the United States, Australia and the Far East before going to Europe in June.

But there were a series of on-tour troubles for the band.

Frontman Mick Jagger had to postpone the opening UK show at Twickenham rugby stadium because of flu.

Other problems faced by the group included postponing a concert in Amsterdam because Jagger had a sore throat.

Previous concerts were cancelled due to the Sars epidemic in Asia, safety fears in Belgrade and problems with their flights.

Earlier in the tour they cancelled a concert in Spain after Jagger came down with laryngitis.


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