U2 has done the impossible. They have dethroned The Rolling Stones as the highest grossing tour of all time. And I can say that I have seen it. (See Above).
According to their promoter, the band has now beaten the Stones concert sales record of 554 million dollars and will rake in over 700 million dollars in ticket sales by the time the current 360-world-tour wraps up in Canada in July.
By then it will have been seen by 7 million people in more than 30 countries. Jagger's band set the previous record on its Bigger Bang Tour in 2005-2007. The U2 360 tour has also set another record. Staged in the round in a transportable stadium (coolest thing I've ever seen), it costs a reputed 750,000 dollars per day whether or not the band has a gig that night.
The four members of the band are expected to earn a mere 150 million dollars each from the tour. Insane.
If you missed this show when it was in the states, you missed quite the party. Check out the video of the Rose Bowl concert out in Cali.