The band are only beaten by their own 'Voodoo Lounge' tour of 1994-95...

THE ROLLING STONES have achieved the second highest grossing tour of all time with their 2002-03 ‘LICKS’ jaunt which saw the rockers play to over 3.4 million people and rake in $300 million.

The band were only beaten by their own record, which saw the 1994-95 ‘Voodoo Lounge’ tour gross $320 million.

The Stones ‘Licks’ tour’s 116 dates filled venues to 99% capacity according to Billboard. The tour celebrated the group’s 40th anniversary and kicked off on September 3, 2002 in Boston before winding up on October 2, 2003 in Zurich.

Tour producer Michael Cohl said: “This tour is finished,” though hinted that another one may take place in 2005, adding: “I’m always ready.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, The Stones rounded off the ‘Licks’ tour by releasing a mammoth DVD package earlier this month.

‘Four Flicks’ came out on November 10, and as its title suggests is a four-CD retrospective that accompanies their ‘Forty Licks’ greatest hits compilation.

The first three CDs are made up of live footage filmed at Paris Olympia, New York Madison Square Garden and London Twickenham Stadium respectively. The entire package features over five hours of music and over 50 songs.

Disc four features two behind the scenes documentaries, ’Tip Of The Tongue’ and ‘Licks Around The World’.

Extra DVD features include a ‘Backstage Pass’ element allowing users to cut between live performance and backstage action, plus ‘Select-A-Stone’, which allows running footage of individual band members throughout the concert footage.