Hot Tours: Usher, Dave Matthews Band, Phish

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Maybe he’s listening for the audience’s “Confessions?” Whatever they’re saying, Usher’s having a hard time hearing, appearing on BET’s “106th & Park” in NYC Mar. 24.

Usher takes hold of the No. 1 rung on Hot Tours with box office totals reported from the November dates on his OMG Tour that kicked off on Nov. 10 in Seattle. The R&B entertainer grossed $11.3 million from 12 performances. Toronto's Air Canada Centre sold the most tickets among the venues played so far with 16,100 in the house for a show on Nov. 29. The gross total surpassed $1.2 million for the sold out event. The first leg of the tour that has played North American venues during November and December will wrap in Miami on New Year's Eve. Usher then moves on to Europe in January with dates booked through the end of March.

The Dave Matthews Band ranks at No. 2 with box office stats reported from its fall arena tour that kicked off in Buffalo, N.Y. on Nov. 2 and wrapped in the jam band's hometown of Charlottesville, Va. with two sold out concerts on Nov. 19-20. Held at the 15,000-seat John Paul Jones Arena, the Charlottesville performances drew a total of 27,068 fans for both nights, grossing $1.7 million. DMB, a staple among touring artists during the past 20 years, has announced that it will take a break from the road during 2011.

Landing in the third spot on the Hot Tours list is the standard bearer of jam bands, Phish, with totals from its fall tour that kicked-off in mid-October at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colo. The 6,500-seat arena, one of several mid-sized arenas on the fall schedule, hosted the band for three sold out performances (Oct. 10-12) with 21,136 tickets sold. Phish will close out 2010 with a three show run in New York City at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 1.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Nov. 10-30
KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)
Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/1)
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (1/1)
Honda Center, Anaheim (1/1)
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/1) Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
153,419 (153,419)

Nov. 2-20
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/0)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/0)
Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y. (1/0)
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/0)
TD Garden, Boston (2/0)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C. (1/0)
John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (2/2)
122,835 (161,751)
Oct. 10-26
1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colo. (3/3)
North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C. (2/1)
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine (1/1)
Memorial Auditorium, Utica, N.Y. (1/1)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. (1/1)
Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. (2/2)
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (1/0)
99,622 (101,023)



Nov. 30-Dec. 3
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney (3/0)
29,112 (30,000)
Nov. 6-20
Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica (1/0)
Palacio de los Eventos, Maracaibo, Venezuela (1/0)
Estadio Polideportivo Misael Delgado, Valencia, Venezuela (1/0)
Estadio Fútbal Universidad Simón Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela (1/0)
28,117 (38,185)
Dec. 9-10
Acer Arena, Sydney (2/2)
29,845 (29,845)
Dec. 7-13
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0)
Oklahoma City Arena, Oklahoma City (1/1)
Honda Center, Anaheim (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
37,557 (38,091)
Nov. 25-Dec. 3
Estadio Bicentenario Municipal de La Florida, Santiago, Chile (1/0)
Via Funchal, São Paulo, Brazil (2/0)
Club Aposentos, Bogotá, Colombia (1/0)
33,676 (48,500)

Dec. 3-5
Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (3/0)
26,948 (28,258)
Dec. 12-13
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia (2/0)
13,196 (20,000)