completed their record-smashing 360
world tour on Friday June 30 in Canada, bringing to a close the highest grossing tour of all time.
7.26 million people saw the band perform on the tour since it began exactly two years ago, grossing $736, 137, 344 (448 million), according to Gigwise
. In its first six months, the show was crowned
"Best Stage Show
" at the Total Production International awards.
In April we reported
on the band beating the previous record holders The Rolling Stones
, whose "Bigger Bang
" tour grossed $554 million.
"These numbers are staggering, a fantastic result
", said tour promoter and producer Arthur Fogel
at the time. "U2 have invented a new style of rock show and they continue to deliver their fans the best possible live experience.
As well as averaging 63, 000 people at each show, the band finally headlined Glastonbury Festival
after a false start the previous year when they cancelled because of singer Bono
's back problems.
Although the news will cement U2's reputation as a hugely popular live rock act, some observers have taken a stance against what they call tax avoidance from the band. Their Glastonbury slot saw protest group UK Uncut display a huge banner saying "Bono Pay Up
", before security staff forced them to take it down.
In a Guardian
report, a spokesperson responded to the protest saying "U2 is a global business and pays taxes globally... At least 95% of U2's business... takes place outside of Ireland and as a result the band pays many different kinds of taxes all over the world.