Bruce Springsteen's 'River' Trek Leads Hot Tours Roundup

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Bruce Springsteen performs with the E Street Band in the first stop of his River Tour 16 concert on Jan. 16, 2016, in Pittsburgh. 

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band cap the latest slate of top-grossing Hot Tours (see list, below) with $12.2 million in ticket sales reported from The River Tour.

The North American arena trek is set to play 31 venues through late April, and launched with a sold-out kick-off at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on Jan. 16. The 14-week tour supports the recent release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a four CD box set featuring the remastered version of 1980’s The River.

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The first five dates of The River Tour are included in this weekly roundup. After the Pittsburgh opener, sold out performances followed in Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Newark, N.J. Together, all five arenas in those cities logged a combined sold ticket count of 90,579.

The top gross among the January performances was reported at Chicago’s United Center on Jan. 19. With a $2.7 million take at the box office, the concert drew a crowd of 19,120 fans.

During the past decade, Springsteen’s tours with the E Street Band have grossed more than $800 million according to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, with 8.3 million fans in attendance at more than 330 concerts.

The Wrecking Ball world tour stands as his top grosser with $347 million in sales in 2012 and 2013 and ranks ninth among the top 10 grossing tours of all time. The Wrecking Ball tour’s 18-month run included 125 shows with an attendance count topping 3.5 million.

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Muse follows in the second slot on the Hot Tours recap with $3.5 million in sales at five performances reported from the North American leg of the world tour in support of its June 2015 release, Drones. The English band launched the trek last May and toured in Europe, Asia and South America before kicking off a North American jaunt on Dec. 1 in Houston. A total of 23 shows were booked in U.S. and Canadian markets through Feb. 1.

This tally includes the performances at arenas in Quebec City, Montreal and Boston that drew a collective total of 66,865 fans. Centre Videotron in Quebec hosted the band for a split date with one show on Jan. 18 and a second night on Jan. 23. Bell Centre in Montreal also had the tour for two shows on Jan. 20 and 21, and Boston’s TD Garden was the site for a Jan. 25 performance. X Ambassadors provided support for all five concerts.

 HOT TOURS - FEB. 2, 2016
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Jan. 26-Feb. 1
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 Jan. 16-31
 CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
 United Center, Chicago (1/1)
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
 90,579 (90,579)
 Jan. 18-25
 Centre Videotron, Quebec City (2/0)
 Bell Centre, Montreal (2/0)
 TD Garden, Boston (1/0)
 66,865 (75,282)
 Jan. 31
 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (1/1)
 13,601 (13,601)
 Jan. 28-30
 Dow Event Center Arena, Saginaw, Mich. (1/1)
 Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (1/1)
 Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Ind. (1/1)
 18,185 (18,185)
 Jan. 22-31
 Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand (1/1)
 Palais Theatre, Melbourne (2/2)
 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (1/1)
 Enmore Theatre, Sydney (2/2)
 14,415 (14,415)
 Dec. 15-18
 Metropolis, Montreal (3/0)
 6,428 (6,450)
 Jan. 23
 Metropolitan, Rio de Janeiro (1/0)
 7,613 (8,432)
 Dec. 17-Jan. 23
 Salle Andre-Prevost, St-Jerome, Quebec (1/0)
 Theatre L'Olympia, Montreal (4/0)
 Theatre Desjardins, Ville LaSalle, Quebec (1/1)
 6,179 (6,799)
 Jan. 14
 Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale (1/0)
 2,288 (2,478)
 Jan. 20
 Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale (1/1)
 2,648 (2,648)