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Foo Fighters Rule Newest Hot Tours Recap

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Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters performing at the Invictus Games Closing Concert in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London on Sept. 14, 2014.

Earning the top slot on the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list below) are the Foo Fighters, with tickets sales reported from the band's 16-day trek through South America in January. Touring in support of the album Sonic Highways, the rockers began the tour with a pair of stadium performances in South Africa at the end of last year.

To begin 2015, the band brought the tour back to the Western Hemisphere, kicking off a trek in South America on Jan. 15 in Santiago at the national stadium of Chile. Five more stadium performances followed at cities in Argentina and Brazil, and the final stop of the Latin American leg was in Colombia at Estadio El Campín with 36,883 fans in attendance. The $3.1 million in box office revenue from the Jan. 31 concert in Bogotá gives the band this week's No. 1 ranking.

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South America was the first of five continents to be covered this year during the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways tour. An Oceania leg will begin on Feb. 18 with six venues in Australia and two in New Zealand booked through March 8. A jaunt through eight European countries will begin on May 25 and a summer leg in North America will kick off on July 4. Stadium performances are booked in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston during the summertime swing that ends on July 19. Festival appearances in Japan and South Korea and a final stand in North America beginning on August 12 close out the tour's 10-month run that will wrap on Oct. 7.

Following at No. 2 on the Hot Tours ranking is John Mellencamp with $1.4 million in revenue from his 2015 North American tour that launched in South Bend, Ind. on Jan. 21. The veteran rocker, touring behind the September release of his latest album Plain Spoken, will be on the road until early August along with country artist Carlene Carter, the tour's opening act.  Booked primarily in theaters and performing arts centers, the tour will hit 71 venues before the final show on Aug. 4 in Indianapolis.

With sellout crowds reported at each of the first six venues on the AEG Live-promoted tour, the sold ticket count totaled 16,953. Included among these first reported shows was a two-night engagement at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 27 and 28.  Other cities that will host the tour for multiple performances are Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City and Toronto among others.

 HOT TOURS - Feb. 11, 2015
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 4-10
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1FOO FIGHTERS
 $3,165,344
 Jan. 31
 Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia (1/0)
 36,883 (41,683)
  
2JOHN MELLENCAMP
 $1,488,459
 Jan. 21-31
 Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, Ind. (1/1)
 Palace, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
 Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati (1/1)
 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (2/2)
 Mershon Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
 Connor Palace, Cleveland (1/1)
 16,953 (16,953)
  
3LINKIN PARK
 $1,022,937
 Jan. 15-17
 Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
 15,323 (19,164)
  
4ERIC CHURCH
 $791,740
 Feb. 4-5
 Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
 SAP Center, San Jose (1/1)
 18,908 (18,908)
  
5JACK WHITE
 $538,415
 Jan. 28
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 13,751 (13,751)
  
6DIANA ROSS
 $211,422
 Feb. 8
 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (1/0)
 1,927 (2,193)
  
7FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS
 $205,872
 Jan. 28
 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla. (1/1)
 2,132 (2,132)
  
8SEETHER & PAPA ROACH
 $197,690
 Jan. 25-Feb. 7
 Riviera Theatre, Chicago (1/0)
 The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (1/0)
 5,051 (5,669)
  
9THE PIANO GUYS
 $177,848
 Feb. 3-4
 Adrienne Arsht Center, Knight Concert Hall, Miami (1/0)
 David A. Straz, Jr. Center, Morsani Hall, Tampa (1/0)
 3,810 (4,288)
  
10RL GRIME
 $145,179
 Jan. 30-Feb. 7
 Fox Theater, Oakland (1/1)
 Senator Theater, Chico, Calif. (1/1)
 SOMA, San Diego (1/1)
 6,100 (6,100)