The Rolling Stones easily placed among the top 20 touring acts of 2013, despite playing only a fraction of the shows performed by the competition.
According to Pollstar's Year End Top 20 Worldwide Tours chart statistics posted Dec. 30 at Pollstar.com, the legendary British rockers played only 20 shows in a dozen cities, but grossed $110.3 million in revenue, earning twelfth spot overall.
Boasting a mind-boggling average ticket price of $287.89, the “Satisfaction” hitmakers AEG Live produced 50 and Counting Tour grossed a whopping per show average of $9, 195, 722 per show - both stats by far the highest of any artist in the top 20.
The Stones' average ticket price was nearly three times that of first place artist Bon Jovi ($97.65) who averaged a mere $2,675,227 per show, but performed 102 shows (over five times as many as The Stones) to earn top spot with a total gross of $259.5 million, followed by Beyoncé ($188.6) and Pink ($170.6).
With the announcement of an upcoming Asia-Pacific tour leg - dubbed "14 on Fire" - along with recent news of The Stones scoring three nominations at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, 2014 is sure to be another banner year for The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.
Did you know? The Rolling Stones' headline appearance at the world renowned Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England on June 29, 2013 recently topped a U.K. poll to determine the biggest music moment of 2013.