If overpriced giant-tongued T-shirts aren’t enough, Rolling Stones fans will soon have another souvenir from the “Bridges to Babylon” tour: Mick, Keith, and company are preparing a live album to go on sale this fall, according to a spokesperson for Virgin Records.
The project is a natural. The “Bridges” tour has been a smashing success, earning $121.1 million in North America (including $89.3 million as 1997’s top-grossing concert draw, according to Pollstar). What’s more, the Stones have proved successful at selling previous live concert albums: After the “Steel Wheels” tour, which grossed $98 million, 1991’s “Flashpoint” sold a respectable 423,000 copies, according to SoundScan. (That’s in spite of EW’s “F” grade, calling it “an embarrassment… crass, predictable, and poorly executed.”) And following their $121.2 million “Voodoo Lounge” extravaganza, the Stones’ 1994 “Stripped” album (which EW gave a “B+”) sold 809,000 copies. If history repeats itself, fans will soon be getting their wallets out, along with their ya-yas.