Watching one of your favourite artists perform live on stage remains without a doubt the moment when music’s ability to reach out and touch people is at its most powerful. The energy and vital force exuded by a live performance awakens an inexplicable feeling within us. So before we make our way back to fill concert venues once again, let’s take a little look back on the wildest, longest, and most lucrative tours in history.
Launched in 2009, U2’s 360° Tour remains to this day the biggest tour of all time, eclipsing even the Rolling Stones 2005-2007 tour. The numbers are staggering: more than $700m in revenue, and more than 7 million audience members attending 110 concerts. Bono’s band didn’t do things by halves. With a convoy of more than 120 lorries on the road, a sound system that exceeded 50m, the gargantuan tour cost €100m, ran for two years, and featured dates in Europe, North America, and Oceania. The stage design was equal in scale to the tour itself, with its 360° central stage overlooked by a giant dome 30m tall.