U2 Top Rolling Stone Rich List

Irish rockers U2 have beaten THE ROLLING STONES and THE EAGLES to top the 2005 rock rich list, drawn up by Rolling Stone magazine. BONO and his bandmates made an estimated $154.2 million (GBP90.7 million) from touring and album sales, becoming the only act to break $100 (GBP58.8 million) on the Rock's Top Thirty Moneymakers list, which is compiled using interviews with industry experts and figures from Nielsen Soundscan and Pollstar. The top 10 rock earners of 2005, according to Rolling Stone magazine are: 1. U2 ($154.2 million/GBP90.7 million) 2. THE ROLLING STONES ($92.5 million/GBP54.4 million) 3. THE EAGLES ($63.2 million/GBP37.1 million) 4. SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY ($56 million/GBP33 million) 5. ELTON JOHN ($48.9 million/GBP28.8 million) 6. NEIL DIAMOND ($44.7 million/GBP26.4 million) 7. JIMMY BUFFETT ($44 million/GBP25.9 million) 8. ROD STEWART ($40.3 million/GBP23.7 million) 9. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND ($39.6 million/GBP23.3 million) 10. CELINE DION ($31.5 million/GBP18.5 million).


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IT IS & ALWAYS WILL BE THE BIGGEST ROCK & ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD..THE STONES R GOOD BUT, MAKE WAY 4 U2, COS, THEY'RE COMING THROUGH... WITH OR WITHOUT YOU COS IT'S ALL ABOUT PRIDE & IN THE NAME OF LOVE WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME.IF U CAN'T HANDLE THAT! GO HOME OR IT'S ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND UNDER THE BLOOD RED SKY IN OCTOBER WHEN THE BOY SAID THAT YOU HAVE TO BE WIDE AWAKE IN AMERICA TO BE WARM AT THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE WHILE HE WAS DISMANTLING AN ATOMIC BOMB....YOU CAN RATTLE & HUM OR BE NUMB...THE DEVIL IN U2 ROCKS THE WORLD..BONO RIAAN VOX
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Where the Hek does Rolling Stone get these numbers from? The Rolling Stones made $162 million on their 2005 North American tour. Do these numbers refer to net money made instead of gross? Regardless they are virtually meaningless. While U2 deserves credit for having the most money total, it is no indication that they are better or bigger than the Stones. The Stones started touring towards the end of 2005 whereas U2 spent most of the year touring Europe and the U.S.. If the Stones starting touring towards the beginning of the year, they probably would have made close to 200 million. These results are more about logistics than an indication of how big the bands are. When the two compete on a level playing field, the Stones will always make the "bigger bang".
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I am happy for the U2 guys, but divide that by 4 guys, and individually they each made less then no's 4,5,6,7, and 8 on that "rich list".. They are the best and most loved band so naturally the band topped the list ...Besides which, they earned every penny of it..
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I thought Elton John would do better. He has 2 stage musical out and a restless tour as always plus the Peachtree Road album. He's one of the hardest workin men in show biz and one of the older ones. My respect.
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I too am very proud of this, my favorite band. but this amount just surely is how much they made, not taking into account how much the tour cost, let alone how much they give away. Bono finances his own activism for sure. And google hits occassionally will have him taking care of business on multiple continents on the same day! So knowing a dime is worth more in the hands of the responsible than a dollar in those irresponsible, i'm glad the dimes go to them. I wish them the best and unlimited success. . . .sammi fredenburg
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