The Rolling Stones have topped a newly compiled list by Billboard ranking the top 25 live artists of the last 25 years. The legendary British rockers beat out fellow box office heavyweights, including: U2, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Bon Jovi to win top honours.
According to statistics posted May 27 at Billboard.com, “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band’s” grossed a mind-boggling $1,565,792,382 in concert revenues from 1990-2014 to earn top spot. The "Satisfaction" hitmakers played 538 show to 19,677,569 fans to edge out U2 who came second with gross earnings of $1,514,979,793.
Rounding out the top 5 were Bruce Springsteen ($1,196,116,507), Madonna ($1,140,230,941) and Bon Jovi ($1,030,082,884). Other artist to make the list include: Elton John, Dave Matthews Band, Celine Dion, Kenny Chesney and The Eagles.
The Rolling Stones currently have no less than four world tours ranked in the top 20 highest grossing tours of all time, which include: A Bigger Bang Tour (No. 2), Voodoo Lounge Tour (No. 10), Licks Tour (No. 11) and Bridges to Babylon Tour (No. 14). Not bad for a band nay sayers have been calling "Rolling Bones" for decades. Commenting on The Stones' win, Jon Bon Jovi said, "Mick Jagger is always going to be the role model. "Until he hangs up the retirement number, I don't know where the end zone is. I just keep running the ball until Jagger says, 'Here's the goal line.'"
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers played the first show of their 14 On Fire European tour earlier this week in Oslo, Norway at Telenor Arena. The sold out show marked the band's first live performance since the world tours' abrupt cancellation earlier this year, due to the death of frontman Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott.
The Stones head next to Portugal, where they will headline the Rock In Rio Festival in Lisbon on Thurs. May 29. For more details, check out RollingStones.com.
Did you know? The Rolling Stones also ranked among the top 5 on Billboard's "Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List.