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Rolling Stones Roll Over Other Artists To Snag Billboard’s Top Live Act Spot

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Once again, the Rolling Stones top the list of top live bands. 

Billboard compiled a list of the Top 25 Live Acts of the Past 25 Years and the Rolling Stones ended up on top of the heap.

Since 1990, the Stones have played to almost 20 million fans, done 538 shows and have raked in one billion, 565 million dollars in the process. I could just live off the interest with that much cash.

U2 came in second, but not by much. They made one billion, 514 million dollars since 1990, no doubt jettisoned by their hugely successful Achtung Baby album and U2 360 World Tour, which was excellent, by the way.

Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi also hit the billion dollar mark. Elton John and Eagles also made the top ten.

I find this really hard to believe, but Paul McCartney played just 220 shows and still made 505 million landing the former Beatle at number 13 on the list.

With obscene ticket prices, I suppose the billion dollar mark isn’t hard to hit. Like Van Halen says, “The more you get, the more you want.”

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