Hot Tours: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Fleetwood Mac

Trans Siberian Orchestra

<p>Trans-Siberian Orchestra has begun its annual winter tour with ticket sales figures already surpassing $14 million since the Nov. 1 kick off.</p>

Trans-Siberian Orchestra has begun its annual winter tour with ticket sales figures already surpassing $14 million since the Nov. 1 kick off. Tour promoter Live Nation has reported totals from 13 arenas during the past week placing the rock orchestra in the No. 1 spot on this week's Hot Tours tally. Philadelphia's Wachovia Center had the strongest numbers with ticket sales topping $1.2 million from two sold out shows in a single date (Nov. 21) with 26,121 fans attending. With two touring companies on the road, TSO consistently ranks among the top-grossing tours each year and 2009 will be no exception. Last winter's shows grossed $42.8 million.

Also kicking off its annual holiday tour outing is Mannheim Steamroller with early totals reported from its 58-city, 25th anniversary Christmas tour. With box office totals coming in from 25 venues, the holiday tour lands at No. 2 on the Hot Tours rankings with $3.8 million in ticket grosses. With ensembles on both the East and West coasts, the tour began on the same day for both companies. The Scranton (Pa.) Cultural Center and the Adams Center in Missoula, Montana both hosted Mannheim Steamroller shows on Nov. 12.

Fleetwood Mac ranks among the Hot Tours for the second week in a row with the first reported totals from the veteran band's December tour dates in Australia and New Zealand. Sydney's Acer Arena reported $2.8 million ($3.1 Australian) from two shows on Dec. 7-8. The short trek down under follows successful tour legs during 2009 in North America and Europe. The Unleashed Tour began on March 1 in Pittsburgh and has grossed more than $68 million.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Nov. 13-25
i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
XL Center, Hartford (2/0)
Target Center, Minneapolis (2/0)
Alerus Center, Grand Forks, N.D. (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (2/2)
Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. (2/2)
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/1)
Wachovia Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (1/1)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia (2/2)
KeyArena, Seattle (2/0)
Giant Center, Hershey, Pa. (2/0)
Rose Garden, Portland (2/0)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (2/2)
186,013 (212,161)
Nov. 12-29
Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton, Pa. (1/0)
Adams Center, Missoula, Mont. (1/0)
Hershey Theatre, Hershey, Pa. (1/0)
Academy of Music, Philadelphia (1/0)
Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Ore. (1/0)
Sovereign Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pa. (1/0)
Edward W. Powers Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio (1/0)
Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise, Idaho (1/0)
E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio (1/0)
Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City (2/0)
Murat Theatre, Indianapolis (1/0)
Cheyenne Civic Center, Cheyenne, Wyo. (1/0)
Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville (2/0)
Wells Fargo Theatre, Denver (1/0)
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, Tenn. (1/0)
Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs (2/0)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Va. (1/0)
Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C. (2/0)
Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, Okla. (3/0)
Fox Theatre, Detroit (1/0)
Majestic Theatre, San Antonio (1/0)
James W. Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, Mich. (2/0)
Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston (1/0)
Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, Ohio (2/0)
70,363 (90,876)
Dec. 7-8
Acer Arena, Sydney (2/0)
19,400 (20,230)
Nov. 17-Dec. 3
Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, N.Y. (1/0)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. (2/0)
Town Hall, New York (7/7)
26,568 (27,751)
Nov. 16-28
E.J. Thomas Hall, Akron, Ohio (2/0)
Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, Pa. (2/0)
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. (2/0)
Place Des Arts, Montreal (1/0)
16,692 (20,724)
Nov. 16-26
The Fillmore, Denver (2/0)
Hammerstein Ballroom, New York (4/4)
19,204 (20,394)
Oct. 25-Nov. 12
Rexall Place, Edmonton (1/0)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin (1/0)
13,105 (23,791)
Oct. 12-Nov. 11
Aura, Cleveland (1/0)
BoMA, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
Limelight, Nashville (1/0)
4th & B Club, San Diego (1/1)
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton (1/1)
Duckworth Centre, Winnipeg (1/0)
13,361 (14,100)
Nov. 27
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
12,013 (12,832)
Oct. 3
Ford Center, Oklahoma City (1/0)
10,519 (10,818)