Hot Tours: André Rieu, George Strait, Taylor Swift

Musician Andre Rieu performs on stage at Acer Arena on October 15, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with a heavily back-dated reported gross from 53 European concerts dating from November through February. The shows, primarily in France and Germany, were part of the classical artist¹s third 2009 trek through European venues. The grosses from this leg of his 30th Anniversary world Tour bring the total ticket revenue to $121.5 million since its launch in November 2008. Rieu will return to North America this summer with a new tour called Celebration of Music. Dates are already booked in June as well as November and December.

George Strait lands on the Hot Tours list in the No. 2 position based on $11 million in ticket sales reported by concert promoter Varnell Enterprises, based in Nashville. Among the eight shows reported, Tulsa¹s BOK Center produced the top gross ($1.5 million) and attendance figures for a Feb. 20 performance. More than 18,000 fans filled the arena to see the country music legend along with superstar Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack.

Award-winning country star Taylor Swift returns to the Hot Tours chart at No. 3 with totals from nine more performances on her Fearless Tour. All reported shows were sellouts including two performances at Staples Center in Los Angeles (April 15-16) with a two-night attendance total of 27,518.

The Hot Tours ranking includes the first reported totals from the Los Tres Tour that features Latin superstars Joan Sebastian, Alejandro Fernández and Marco Antonio Solís in their first co-headlining effort. The tour kicked-off on April 9 at Anaheim¹s Honda Center grossing over $2.3 million in ticket sales over a two-night stint. Adding an April 11 performance in the San Diego market (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Chula Vista), the tour's grosses amount to just over $3 million, placing it at No. 5 on our ranking.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Nov. 16-Feb. 27
Le Dome, Marseille, France (1/0)
Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France (1/1)
Geneva Arena, Geneva, Switzerland (1/0)
Zénith, Dijon, France (1/0)
Galaxie, Amneville, France (1/1)
Zénith, Paris (1/0)
Zénith, Rouen, France (1/0)
Zénith, Lille, France (1/1)
Zénith, Nancy, France (1/0)
Zénith, Strasbourg, France (1/1)
Zénith, Orleans, France (1/1)
Zénith, Toulouse, France (1/0)
Zénith, Nantes, France (1/0)
Zénith, Caen, France (1/1)
Forest National, Brussels (3/0)
Gelredome, Arnhem, Netherlands (2/0)
Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium (2/0)
Lanxess Arena, Köln, Germany (2/0)
SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany (1/0)
Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Germany (1/0)
O2 World, Hamburg, Germany (1/0)
Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany (1/0)
Sparkassen-Arena-Kiel, Kiel, Germany (1/0)
Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany (1/0)
Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (1/0)
Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany (1/1)
TUI Arena, Hannover, Germany (1/0)
Messehalle, Dresden, Germany (1/0)
Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany (1/0)
Eissporthalle, Kassel, Germany (1/0)
Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany (1/0)
O2 World, Berlin (1/0)
Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken, Germany (1/0)
Schwabenhalle, Augsburg, Germany (1/0)
Arena Trier, Trier, Germany (1/0)
ISS Dome, Düsseldorf, Germany (1/0)
Donau-Arena, Regensburg, Germany (1/0)
Dreilanderhalle, Passau, Germany (1/0)
Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany (1/0)
König-Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany (1/0)
Bremen-Arena, Bremen, Germany (1/0)
Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany (1/0)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany (1/0)
Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany (1/0)
Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany (1/0)
Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany (1/0)
Hallenstadion, Zürich (2/0)
274,257 (344,430)
Nov. 6-15
Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk, Universal City, Calif. (6/1)
Jan. 23-April 8
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/0)
U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix (1/1)
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0)
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/0)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn. (1/0)
Qwest Center, Omaha, Neb. (1/1)
129,742 (136,815)
March 31-April 16
Ford Center, Oklahoma City (1/1)
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
Pepsi Center, Denver (2/2)
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)
114,763 (114,763)
April 10-25
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (10/7)
35,343 (40,168)
April 9-11
Honda Center, Anaheim (2/0)
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)
34,938 (46,244)
April 9-15
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/0)
26,897 (28,620)
April 12-25
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1/0)
Dow Event Center Arena, Saginaw, Mich. (1/1)
Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Mich. (1/0)
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1)
U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati (1/0)
39,887 (42,277)
April 3-13
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/0)
24,252 (25,166)
March 26-April 16
DeltaPlex, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
Dow Event Center Arena, Saginaw, Mich. (1/0)
Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (1/0)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, Minn. (1/0)
BancorpSouth Center, Tupelo, Miss. (1/0)
Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Miss. (1/0)
Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala. (1/0)
Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Ga. (1/0)
RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory, Charlotte (1/0)
Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tenn. (1/0)
First Arena, Elmira, N.Y. (1/0)
MassMutual Center, Springfield, Mass. (1/0)
33,210 (71,139)
April 16
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
14,250 (14,250)