U2 is expected to draw as many as 100,000 music fans to their final “360 Tour” performance this evening (7/30/11) in Moncton, NB.
CBC.ca reported yesterday that Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc anticipates that U2 may draw a larger crowd than any of the earlier mega-concerts Moncton’s Magnetic Hill Outdoor festival which has hosted mega-concerts including The Rolling Stones and AC/DC.
The Stones hold the current record, drawing 78,000 fans to the Atlantic Canada festival in 2005, but officials are predicting up to 100,000 people could turn out this evening.
The “With or Without You” hitmaker’s are making their 1st appearance in the Maritimes and, regardless of tonight’s gate, the veteran Irish rocker’s “360 Tour” will go down in the record books as the highest grossing tour of all time, having already officially surpassed the $558 million gross mark in sales set by the Rolling Stones for their 2005-2007 “A Bigger Bang Tour.’
Industry estimates suggest the tour could in the vicinity of $700 million by the time their “360 Tour” wraps, having moved more than 7 million tickets to 110 shows, enough to also capture “highest attended tour ever” mantle honors, currently held by The Stones’ 1994-1995 “Voodoo Lounge Tour” of 1994-1995 which had an attendance record of 6.4 million tickets.
Montreal’s indie rockers Arcade Fire will make a special appearance at the concert with U2 expected to take the stage shortly after dark.
Did you know? U2 officially surpassed the $558 million gross mark set by the Rolling Stones for their 2005-2007 “A Bigger Bang Tour” at their 2nd of 2 sold shows on April 10 of this year (4/10/11) at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.