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Rolling Stones 'beat tour record'
Sir Mick Jagger
Sir Mick got laryngitis and some dates were postponed
The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang tour is the top-grossing tour in history, Billboard magazine has reported.

Since August 2005, the band have grossed $437m (226m), playing 110 shows in front of 3.5 million fans.

The Stones' success comes despite the tour being dogged by delays and cancellations due to throat problems for lead singer Sir Mick Jagger, 63.

The tour was also postponed when guitarist Keith Richards fell from a tree while on holiday in Fiji.

Earlier this month, the band postponed five concerts and cancelled what was to be the final date of the tour in Honolulu, Hawaii, after Sir Mick was advised to take four days off to help him recover from laryngitis.

Big name support

Sir Mick also returned briefly to the UK two weeks ago to spend time with his father Joe Jagger, who was in hospital and later died aged 93 of pneumonia.

The Stones have been supported on tour by big names including Kanye West, Van Morrison and Alice Cooper.

The band's tour record does not include a free concert in front of two million fans on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in February.

Irish rock group U2 previously held the record for the top-grossing tour, according to Billboard.

Their recent Vertigo tour grossed $377m (195m).




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