U2's 360° Tour grosses $736m to dwarf The Rolling Stones' previous record Get Tickets

Bono and co due to wrap up two-year jaunt in Canada tonight (July 30)

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U2 will wrap up their 360° Tour tonight (July 30) having grossed a record-breaking $736,137,344 (£448 million), according to Billboard.com

Bono and co will take to the stage at Moncton's Magnetic Hill Music Festival in Canada as they finish the third leg of their two-year global jaunt.

After coming offstage tonight, the band will have played to a total of 7.26 million people on the tour, the US industry magazine said.

The tour broke The Rolling Stones' previous record for the highest grossing tour, at $558 million, on April 8.

The success of the 360° Tour, which began in Barcelona on June 30, 2009, has been attributed to the band's ground-breaking 360-degree production, which can increase the capacity of stadiums by as much as 25%.

However, news of the band's record-breaking haul is unlikely to go down well with those who have campaigned over the band's tax affairs.

Earlier this month, guitarist The Edge angrily denied accusations that U2 are tax evaders, either individually or as a band. Many of the allegations stem from the fact that the Irish band base some of their business operations in Holland.

The musician - real name David Evans - responded to comments by US federal worker Simon Moroney, who wrote to the Baltimore Sun to voice his views on the four-piece's financial affairs.

Campaign group Art Uncut also launched a protest during U2's headline set at Glastonbury last month, which saw violence break out in the crowd.

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