The Story Of How Rolling Stones Grossed $558 Million From A Massive Tour

There cannot be any rock ‘n’ roll enthusiastic who could possibly deny the extraordinary accomplishments of the Rolling Stones. The band is often regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time by many respectable music critics as well as fans. The Stones are both musically legendary and commercially successful as the band is one of the best-selling music artists of all time with an estimated record sales of 240 million.

Thanks to being one of the most successful bands in the history of rock, the Stones performed countless live performances all around the world. According to many sources, the Rolling Stones have performed more than two thousand concerts globally. However, the band has one live show that went down to the list of one of the most crowded live performances of all time. Let’s dive into the time when the band performed on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for two million of their fans.

The Rolling Stones Played For 2 Million During Their ‘A Bigger Band Tour’

Following the release of their 22nd British and 24th American studio album ‘A Bigger Bang’ on 6 September 2005, the Rolling Stones hit the road between August 2005 and August 2007. The worldwide tour was the highest-grossing tour of all time back then, earning $558,255,524.

The outstanding scale of the tour was first realized when the Stones performed a one-night concert on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 18 February 2006. The concert was free and there were a reported two million fans present on the beach breaking several records as the largest rock concert of all time. The show was also broadcast on television and was recorded to be released later.

The live performance was so crowded that a special bridge had to be constructed for the band members to cross from the stage to their hotel safely. Years later, the Rolling Stones released a trailer video for their performance and the audience seems just enormous with approximately two million people creaming and singing the Stones’ classic tracks while the band rocked the stage.

Although the monumental concert has since been surpassed by U2’s 2009 to 2011 ‘U2 360 Tour,’ the Rolling Stones managed to add another legendary moment to the rock ‘n’ roll history with their impeccable music. Lucky for them, there were two million people to witness the historical moment for rock music, and a double CD, triple LP, Blu-ray, and a double DVD live album was released on July 9, 2021, named ‘A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach’ for those who weren’t there and watch again.

You can watch the trailer for the whole performance below.