The Rolling Stones – On the making of A Bigger Bang tour

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A Bigger Bang was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones which took place between August 2005 and August 2007, in support of their album A Bigger Bang.

For the Rolling, at the time, it was the highest grossing tour of all time, earning $558,255,524. It has since been surpassed by U2’s 2009 to 2011 U2 360 Tour,[3] now placing second.(source wikiwand)

For the Rolling Stones, though, the  gigs should be another lucrative night out. Since the tour kicked off in 2005, the band has visited 16 countries and played 110 shows to 3.5 million fans. According to music trade magazine Billboard, the tour has generated ticket receipts of $437 million (€328 million).

In 2005, the Stones announced plans for another world tour starting 21 August at a press conference and a mini concert at the Juilliard School in New York City.rolling

The A Bigger Bang Tour was expected to include dates throughout the United States and Canada before going to South America, Asia and Europe. During the Q&A, Mick Jagger told reporters that it would not necessarily be their last tour.

 

All rehearsals for the tour took place in Toronto, Ontario, in a private school; for the full stage rehearsals, a hangar at Pearson International Airport was rented.

In keeping with tradition, the Rolling Stones performed a surprise club show on 10 August 2005 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre before an audience of 1,000, each only paying $10 (the Phoenix’s regular cover charge).

The tour had its official start on 21 August 2005 with two shows at historic Fenway Park in Boston. The Stones’ huge stage caused extensive damage to the outfield, so that approximately 40,000 square feet (4,000 m²) of sod had to be brought in to repair it, and a subsequent baseball game held at the park three days later had to be pushed back an hour to give the grounds crew more time to complete the repairs.

The outstanding scale of the tour was realised on 18 February 2006 when the Stones played a one-night concert on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The free concert was broadcast on television and broke several records as the largest rock concert of all time

 

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