With a career that spans six decades and too many honors and distinctions to list, The Rolling Stones can add one more to the list. Their three-year, three-leg No Filter Tour wrapped on Aug. 30, 2019 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. And with the final numbers reported, they now are the only artist to have two tours among Billboard’s all-time top 10. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, The No Filter Tour grossed $415.6 million and sold 2,290,871 tickets, joining A Bigger Bang Tour on the list of the top 10 highest grossing tours in Boxscore’s history.
The Stones began their tour in September of 2017, playing 14 stadium shows in Europe. That opening leg grossed $120 million, highlighted by a three-night stint at the U Arena in Paris, where they earned $18.5 million and sold over 100,000 tickets between Oct. 19 and 25, 2017. On the Billboard Boxscore 2017 year-end charts, the Brits ranked No. 7.
The band returned to Europe a year later for another 14 shows between May 17 and July 8, 2018. That leg grossed $117.8 million, adding another top 10 year-end ranking to their belt, at No. 8 for 2018. At London Stadium, they set a new high mark for the tour, earning $20.5 million and selling 137,475 tickets on May 22 and 25. That double header remains the highest-grossing show in the venue’s history.
And finally, The Rolling Stones came stateside, playing 16 shows in North America, beginning on June 21, 2019 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, and wrapping on Aug. 30 in Miami. These dates managed a gigantic $177.8 million haul. Once again, they outdid themselves, amassing $25.5 million over two nights (Aug. 1 and 5) at the New-York-area MetLife Stadium (the venue is in East Rutherford, N.J.).
The Stones maximized their touring prowess in North America, averaging a freakish $11.1 million per show in 2019, after pacing $8.5 million per show in Europe throughout 2017-18. The stadiums in the U.S. and Canada were slightly smaller, at 49,041 tickets per night (53,794 in Europe) but the band made up for it by stretching North American tickets to an average of $282.80, 79% higher than the $157.88 price overseas.
In all, their $415.6 million total makes the No Filter Tour the eight highest grossing tour of all time. The band’s A Bigger Bang Tour (2005-07) held the all-time record with $558 million until U2 surpassed them with the 360° Tour (2009-11), grossing $736.4 million. Most recently, Ed Sheeran finished The Divide Tour (2017-19) with a whopping $776.2 million, setting the new all-time standard.
The No Filter Tour makes The Rolling Stones the first act to gross more than $400 million on two separate tours.
See below for the updated all-time top 10 grossing tours, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.
Rank. Artist: Tour – Gross in USD
1. Ed Sheeran: The Divide Tour – $776 million (2017-19)
2. U2: 360° Tour: $736 million (2009-11)
3. The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang Tour – $558 million (2005-07)
4. Guns N’ Roses: Not in This Lifetime Tour – $530 million (2016-ongoing)
5. Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Tour – $523 million (2016-17)
6. Roger Waters: The Wall Live – $459 million (2010-13)
7. AC/DC: Black Ice World Tour – $441 million (2008-10)
8. The Rolling Stones: No Filter Tour – $416 million (2017-19)
9. Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour – $412 million (2017-18)
10. Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour – $408 million (2008-09)
The No Filter Tour is the second-highest grossing tour in the Stones’ Boxscore archives. It trails the $558 million from A Bigger Bang Tour, but eclipses the Voodoo Lounge Tour ($319.5 million; 1994-95) and the Licks Tour ($299.5 million; 2002-03). Since the inception of Billboard Boxscore, The Rolling Stones have grossed an enormous $2.386 billion and sold 27.2 million tickets over a reported 679 concerts.