The Rolling Stones Atlanta show grosses more than $7 million

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI

The Rolling Stones’ June return to Bobby Dodd Stadium was a solid, if unspectacular performer on the band’s current tour, grossing $7.6 million with the sale of 42,320 tickets.

Those numbers, recently released by concert industry trade publication Pollstar as part of its mid-year roundup, place the Atlanta show among the lower-grossing dates on the band’s “Zip Code” outing.

Stadium shows in Nashville, Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio, which moved tickets at the same price point as Atlanta - $29.50-$395 face value – nabbed higher returns, from $8.4 million in Nashville to $7.9 million in Ohio.

The Bobby Dodd date did, however, financially best the Kansas City, Mo., stop, which grossed $7.2 million with tickets selling from $29.50-$350, though that show's attendance topped out at 49,502.

(Here's my review of the show if you missed it.)

What’s a few hundred thousand, right, guys?

The top-earning city on the Stones’ tour through the end of June was in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl. That performance earned the band $9.4 million from sales of 47,272 tickets (also in the $29.50-$395 range).

The Rolling Stones are, unsurprisingly, the top-generating tour of the year so far, with a combined haul of $80.7 million from 10 concerts.

According to Pollstar, the Top 100 tours of 2015 generated a gross of $1.43 billion, which is 39 percent higher from the same point in 2014.

Following the Stones in the Top 10 of Pollstar's list of North American tours are Garth Brooks ($79.9 million); Fleetwood Mac ($65.9 million); Kenny Chesney ($55.8 million); U2 ($40.3 million); Maroon 5 ($39.8 million);  Neil Diamond ($37.7 million); Taylor Swift ($35.6 million); Elton John ($29.8 million) and Bette Midler ($28.2 million).

Some Georgia acts landing on the list include Luke Bryan ($25.9 million), Jason Aldean ($14.3 million) and Chris Tomlin ($6.9 million).

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