The Rolling Stones break box office records in North America

Current jaunt most successful of all time

The Rolling Stones‘ 2005 tour of North America is the most successful US concert tour of all time, according to US trade publication Pollstar.

The veteran rockers, on a jaunt promoting new album ‘A Bigger Bang’, broke their own 11-year-old record by selling $162m (£94m) worth of tickets, playing 42 performances before 1.2m people.

U2‘s ‘Vertigo’ tour came second, making $138.9m (£80.1m).

Celine Dion came third, having made $81.3m (£47.1m) from 155 dates during her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, reports the BBC.

Sir Paul McCartney and The Eagles complete the top five, with ticket sales of $77.3m (£44.8m) and $76.8m (£44.5m) respectively.

The previous record for a US tour was $121m (£70.1m), set by The Rolling Stones themselves on the ‘Voodoo Lounge’ trek in 1994.