Grammy Awards 2010 Nominations Preview
Anton Corbijn

With box office grosses topping $188 million, U2 closed out the European leg of its "360 Tour" in the U.K. with a final show at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Aug. 22. The 10-year-old Welsh venue was the last of 15 stadiums in 10 countries to host the Irish band, who sold out all 24 shows on this leg of the tour. After a three week break, the band will kick-off their North American dates with a Sept. 12 performance at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Country superstar Kenny Chesney has already played his show at the Chicago Bear's home field this summer as his "Sun City Carnival Tour" has stopped at stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America since mid-April. The most recent stadium date was at Ford Field in Detroit (Aug. 22) with a sellout crowd of 49,215. Total grosses surpassing $58 million place his tour among the top 10 of the year so far.

Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson have wrapped their summer ballpark tour, hitting American minor league baseball stadiums in July and August. With 23 dates on the schedule, the tour passed the $10 million mark in ticket sales.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 U2

$17,479,575

Aug. 18-22

Hampden Park, Glasgow, U.K. (1/1)

Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, U.K. (1/1)

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, U.K. (1/1)

167,410 (167,410)
2
KENNY CHESNEY

$11,856,015
Aug. 13-22
Comcast Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/1)
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. (1/1)
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa (1/1)
Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto (1/1)
Ford Field, Detroit (1/1)
159,624 (159,624)
3
BOB DYLAN, JOHN MELLENCAMP, WILLIE NELSON

$9,522,582
July 2-Aug. 15
GCS Ballpark, Sauget, Ill. (1/0)
Coveleski Stadium, South Bend, Ind. (1/0)
Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Ky. (1/0)
Fifth Third Field, Dayton, Ohio (1/1)
Classic Park, Eastlake, Ohio (1/0)
CONSOL Energy Park, Washington, Pa. (1/0)
Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, Pa. (1/1)
New Britain Stadium, New Britain, Conn. (1/0)
Alliance Bank Stadium, Syracuse, N.Y. (1/0)
McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, R.I. (1/0)
FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood, N.J. (1/1)
Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen, Md. (1/0)
Harbor Park, Norfolk, Va. (1/0)
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C. (1/1)
The Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas (1/1)
Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas (1/0)
QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/0)
Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque (1/0)
The Diamond, Lake Elsinore, Calif. (1/0)
Chukchansi Park, Fresno, Calif. (1/0)
Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton, Calif. (1/1)
144,565 (171,286)
4
ERIC CLAPTON

$5,108,291
May 16-31
Royal Albert Hall, London (11/11)
51,810 (51,810)
5
PHISH

$4,629,610
Aug. 7-13
The Gorge, George, Wash. (2/0)
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. (1/1)
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (1/1)
95,513 (96,076)
6
KINGS OF LEON

$3,373,627
Aug. 12-22
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary (1/1)
General Motors Place, Vancouver (2/2)
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (1/1)
The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
74,880 (74,880)
7
JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND

$3,240,001
Aug. 13-23
DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
29,293 (29,293)
8
BLINK-182

$3,163,491
July 31-Aug. 13
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/0)
Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto (1/0)
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y. (1/0)
Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa. (1/0)
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati (1/1)
74,692 (82,286)
9
LIL WAYNE

$2,334,868
Aug. 7-13
Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Bristow, Va. (1/0)
Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta (1/0)
Cricket Wireless Pavilion, Phoenix (1/0)
Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk, Universal City, Calif. (1/0)
62,599 (87,321)
10
PEARL JAM

$1,943,634
Aug. 23-24
United Center, Chicago (2/2)
29,449 (29,449)