Hot Tours: Iron Maiden No. 1, Wraps Maiden England Tour

Iron Maiden

John McMurtrie

Veteran English metal band Iron Maiden has ended its Maiden England world tour that began in June 2012 and played in the Americas and Europe during the past two summers. Leading this week’s Hot Tours tally with $15.2 million in ticket sales, the band scores the top ranking with revenue reported from nine of its final concerts. After playing dates in North America last summer and Europe this year, the tour returned for a brief trek through U.S. cities in September and then wrapped in Latin America with large stadium crowds during the final days. The last show on Oct. 2 in Santiago’s National Stadium drew more than 57,000 fans.  From the beginning of the Maiden England jaunt last summer, ticket sales reported to Billboard total $57.4 million from 54 concerts. Overall tour attendance topped 903,000 during the two-year span.

Elton John and Mötley Crüe both land among the top 10 grossing touring artists of the week with multiple-show engagements in Las Vegas venues. Sir Elton (No. 2) returned to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for his second run of shows this year, selling out 14 nights at the 4,000-seat showroom with box office sales totaling $8.9 million (Sept. 18-Oct. 12). His most recent prior Vegas appearance was a 13-show run in April and May. He is nearing the 1 million mark in attendance at the Colosseum, where he has performed multiple-night runs in nine of the last 10 years (excluding 2010). The Crüe’s Las Vegas concerts were held at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel during an 18-day span from Sept. 18 through Oct. 6.  With 32,083 sold seats during the 12-show run, revenue topped $3.1 million for the AEG-produced engagement (No. 5).

Latin American tour producer OCESA-CIE has reported concert engagements in Mexican venues that land Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz and Swedish EDM artist Avicii on the Hot Tours recap. Sanz ranks at No. 8 with grosses from a four-night engagement at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional in early October. With sold tickets topping 34,000 during the run, revenue totaled $1.7 million. Avicii, at No. 9, headlined an Oct. 4 event at the Mexican capital city’s Expo Bancomer Santa Fe with Cazzette, Rebecca & Fiona and Henrik B on the bill. With 21,675 fans in attendance at the convention center complex, the show grossed the $1.1 million.

 

Rank    ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Dates
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1    IRON MAIDEN
    $15,222,471
    Sept. 5-Oct. 2
    Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
    Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/0)
    San Manuel Amphitheater, Devore, Calif. (1/0)
    Foro Sol, Mexico City (1/0)
    Arena Anhembi, São Paulo, Brazil (1/1)
    Bio Parque, Curitiba, Brazil (1/0)
    Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires (1/0)
    Jockey Club, Asunción, Paraguay (1/0)
    Estadio Nacional, Santiago (1/0)
    263,860 (303,806)
   
2    ELTON JOHN
    $8,930,160
    Sept. 18-Oct. 12
    The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (14/14)
    57,889 (57,889)
   
3    MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
    $7,761,670
    Oct. 9-13
    Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (7/0)
    59,810 (64,414)
   
4    JASON ALDEAN
    $6,181,483
    Sept. 20-Oct. 5
    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/1)
    Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/1)
    Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash. (1/0)
    Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash. (1/1)
    Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/0)
    Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1)
    Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/1)
    Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
    Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/1)
    139,642 (142,601)
   
5    MÖTLEY CRÜE
    $3,112,277
    Sept. 18-Oct. 6
    The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (12/4)
    32,083 (36,570)
   
6    STEELY DAN
    $2,544,099
    Sept. 30-Oct. 8
    Beacon Theatre, New York (7/7)
    18,516 (18,516)
   
7    BLAKE SHELTON
    $1,830,752
    Oct. 3-5
    Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
    BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
    INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
    36,159 (36,159)
   
8    ALEJANDRO SANZ
    $1,770,702
    Oct. 1-5
    Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (4/0)
    34,243 (38,320)
   
9    AVICII
    $1,157,173
    Oct. 4
    Expo Bancomer Santa Fe, Mexico City (1/0)
    21,675 (22,685)
   
10    THE LUMINEERS
    $993,325
    Sept. 26-Oct. 9
    Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (1/1)
    Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (2/2)
    Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis (1/0)
    Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (1/0)
    25,462 (29,204)

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