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This article was updated on Jan, 2, 2007.>

Concert-goers know its only rock ‘n’ roll — and they were willing to pay for it.

As is the case any time the Rolling Stones go on an extensive tour, they come out as the year’s top grossing act and 2006 was no different: The Stones pulled in $138.5 million by selling 1.01 million tickets.

Barbra Streisand’s tour grossed $92.5 million but her average ticket price was nearly triple that of the Stones, $298.36.

Pollstar, the concert industry trade magazine that tracks the figures, reported North American concert ticket sales totaled $3.6 billion, a 16% increase over 2005. The year’s top 100 tours pulled in $2.3 billion, a 12.6% spike.

Fans purchased 37.9 million tickets to the top 100 concert tours, compared with 36.3 million in 2005, Pollstar reported.

And, as usual, they paid more. The average ticket price rose 8% over 2005 to $61.45.

In third place was the husband-and-wife touring team of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill who earned $88.8 million.

Madonna’s tour grossed $85.9 million.

Country singer Kenny Chesney sold more tickets than any other act (1.13 million) and pulled in $66 million. Chesney and Rascal Flatts will be the only artists to land in the top 20 in concert sales and album sales in 2006.

The one non recording artist on the list was Cirque du Soleil’s “Delirium,” which came in at No. 5, having sold $82.1 million worth of ducats. And Celine Dion, who only performs at one venue, the Colosseum in Las Vegas, sold $78.1 million in tix to land at No. 6.

List of top 25 draws was overwhelmingly filled with veteran acts, among them Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, Billy Joel, the Who, Def Leppard and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

The “American Idol” tour pulled in $35 million (No. 19).

TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS OF 2006

1. The Rolling Stones, $138.5*, 39**

2. Barbra Streisand, $92.5, 20

3. Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, $88.8, 73

4. Madonna, $85.9, 34

5. Cirque Du Soleil – “Delirium”, $82.1, 156

6. Celine Dion, $78.1, 147

7. Kenny Chesney, $66.0, 64

8. Bon Jovi, $59.7, 39

9. Dave Matthews Band, $51.3, 52

10. Elton John, $48.9, 52

11. Billy Joel, $47.2, 34

12. Rascal Flatts, $43.6, 72

13. The Who, $40.9, 39

14. Def Leppard/Journey, $38.7, 75

15. Shakira, $38.6, 41

16. Toby Keith, $38.0, 68

17. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, $37.3, 102

18. Aerosmith/Motley Crue, $35.4, 40

19. American Idols Live, $35.0, 60

20. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, $33.5, 35

Source: Pollstar

*in millions

** No. of shows