Hot Tours: U2, AC/DC, Britney Spears

U2 performs at Giants Stadium, September 23, 2009.
Wes Orshoski

Following a sold out European leg of their "360 Tour" during the summer, U2 is now on the road in North America with totals from the first four stadiums on the schedule reported during the latest survey period (Sept. 23-29). Highest totals came from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. with 161,810 fans in attendance for two sold out shows (Sept. 23-24). Promoted by Live Nation, the band has 12 more stadiums on the schedule this fall with more dates planned for 2010.

During the past week Live Nation's U.K. office has reported their summer box office totals, adding additional grosses to some of the year's top-selling tours. Totals from six sold out European stadium shows in June add $28.4 million to AC/DC's overall 2009 sum, upping its take to $126 million. Native U.K. bands Depeche Mode, Coldplay and Blur, as well as American acts Metallica and the Eagles, all rank among the week's Top Tours based on Live Nation's European totals.

Promoter AEG Live has reported box office figures from two of their touring artists, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, placing both acts among the top 10 for the week. 24 shows from Spears' "Circus Tour" in August and September add $21.4 million to her 2009 overall gross that now surpasses $94 million in ticket sales. Demi Lovato's reported tour totals include shows occurring June 21 through Aug. 20. Most of her performances were booked in arenas, though she played a few sheds and theaters as well.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 U2
$52,420,880
Sept. 12-24
Soldier Field, Chicago (2/2)
Rogers Centre, Toronto (2/2)
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. (2/2)
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (2/2)
551,898 (551,898)
2 AC/DC
$29,729,180
June 7-Aug. 10
Estadio Olímpico, Barcelona (1/1)
Valle Hovin, Oslo (1/1)
Olympiastadion, Helsinki (1/1)
Parken Stadion, Copenhagen (1/1)
Ullevi Stadion, Göteborg, Sweden (1/1)
Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam (1/1)
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
318,580 (318,580)
3 BRITNEY SPEARS
$21,496,830
Aug. 20-Sept. 27
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario (1/1)
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (3/3)
TD Garden, Boston (1/1)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia (1/1)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/1)
American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
Alerus Center, Grand Forks, N.D. (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego (1/1)
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (2/2)
322,308 (322,308)
4 DEPECHE MODE
$18,689,325
June 16-30
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (1/0)
Stadio San Siro, Milan (1/0)
Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest (1/0)
Stade De France, Paris (1/1)
Le Zenith, Nancy, France (1/0)
Parken Stadion, Copenhagen (1/0)
259,662 (278,927)
5 COLDPLAY
$16,836,067
Aug. 16-Sept. 7
MCH Outdoor Arena, Herning, Denmark (1/0)
Koengen, Bergen, Norway (1/1)
Stockholm Stadion, Stockholm (1/0)
Estadio Olímpico, Barcelona (1/0)
Parc Des Princes, Paris (1/0)
201,994 (210,699)
6 METALLICA
$13,892,673
June 14-Sept. 20
Hartwall Areena, Helsinki (2/2)
Oslo Spektrum, Oslo (2/0)
Forum, Copenhagen (5/0)
Bell Centre, Montreal (2/2)
139,760 (141,620)
7 JONAS BROTHERS
$11,556,557
June 13-Aug. 31
Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid (1/1)
Le Zenith, Paris (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (3/3)
AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/1)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
Rogers Centre, Toronto (1/1)
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario (1/0)
177,476 (179,707)
8 EAGLES
$8,355,089
June 1-July 21
Koengen, Bergen, Norway (1/1)
Hartwall Areena, Helsinki (1/0)
Gelredome, Arnhem, Netherlands (1/1)
Palacio de los Deportes, Madrid (1/0)
71,400 (78,251)
9 BLUR
$7,524,554
July 2-3
Hyde Park, London (2/2)
101,563 (101,563)
10 DEMI LOVATO
$5,510,012
June 21-Aug. 20
XL Center, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
Wachovia Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (1/0)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/0)
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/0)
Agganis Arena, Boston (1/0)
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia (1/0)
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/0)
The Cajundome, Lafayette, La. (1/0)
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0)
Reliant Arena, Houston (1/0)
NOKIA Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/0)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/0)
Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/0)
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/0)
Event Center Arena, San Jose (1/0)
WaMu Theater at Qwest Field Event Center, Seattle (1/0)
ARCO Arena, Sacramento (1/0)
NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (1/0)
Wells Fargo Theatre, Denver (1/0)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/0)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)
U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati (1/0)
Wolstein Center, Cleveland (1/0)
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/0)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/0)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/0)
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. (1/0)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/0)
Sommet Center, Nashville (1/0)
Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis (1/0)
i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
Qwest Center, Omaha (1/0)
DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/0)
Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. (1/0)
127,043 (165,528)