Hot Tours: Toby Keith, Aerosmith, Andre Rieu

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Country star Toby Keith tops this week's roster of Hot Tours with over $14.5 million in box office grosses reported from 24 venues on his Locked & Loaded Tour. Included in this tally are totals from the final two months of the North American leg of the tour (Aug. 20-Oct. 15) as well as the beginning of the European trek that kicked off on Oct. 30. The U.S. dates were primarily outdoor amphitheater events, but also included are grandstand shows at two fairs, the Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 31) and the York Fair in York, Pa. (Sept. 14). The Chicago market produced the largest crowd with 25,464 in attendance at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in the city of Tinley Park on Sept. 24. The Live Nation-promoted event featured country singer/songwriters Eric Church and JT Hodges who provided support during the tour's summer North American run. The European leg began in the U.K. with a sold out show at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, followed by performances in Manchester and London, England. The tour continues in Europe until Nov. 19 with a final show booked in Berlin.

Aerosmith ranks second with ticket sales counts reported from three venues on the Latin American leg of its Back on the Road Tour that launched in late October. This week's totals include grosses from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. The Oct. 26 performance in Paraguay was an outdoor concert for 32,000 fans staged at the Jockey Club, a horseracing track in the city of Asunción. Two days later the band was in Argentina and played to a crowd of 38,000 at Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata, a soccer stadium in the Buenos Aires market, grossing over $3.8 million (US$) from one performance. The last of this week's reported concerts was an Oct. 30th event held at Arena Anhembi, an open-air concert site in São Paulo, Brazil. Attendance was just over 29,000 with a gross of $2.9 million (US$). Following the Latin American leg, the band will perform in seven Japanese markets before wrapping the brief tour on Dec. 10.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Aug. 20-Nov. 1
The Gorge, George, Wash. (1/0)
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul (1/1)
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (1/1)
First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/1)
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (1/0)
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (1/0)
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. (1/0)
Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/0)
York Fair, York, Pa. (1/0)
Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pa. (1/0)
Comcast Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/0)
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0)
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati (1/0)
DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte (1/1)
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta (1/0)
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/0)
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, U.K. (1/1)
Manchester Apollo, Manchester, U.K. (1/1)
Wembley Arena, London (1/0)
393,981 (418,734)
Oct. 26-30
Jockey Club, Asunción, Paraguay (1/0)
Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires (1/0)
Arena Anhembi, São Paulo, Brazil (1/0)
99,313 (111,227)
Sept. 10-Oct. 19
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary (1/0)
Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/0)
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/0)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/0)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/0)
United Center, Chicago (1/0)
Fox Theatre, Detroit (1/0)
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (5/3)
Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (2/0)
Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (1/0)
AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/0)
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/0)
86,565 (120,251)
Oct. 5-22
O2 Arena, London (3/0)
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/0)
67,904 (69,237)
Sept. 1-Oct. 31
Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (1/0)
Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico (1/0)
Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, U.K. (1/1)
O2 Arena, London (2/0)
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, U.K. (1/1)
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/1)
91,305 (91,904)
Oct. 5-31
Movistar Arena, Santiago (1/0)
Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires (1/0)
Jockey Club, Asunción, Paraguay (1/0)
American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/0)
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. (1/0)
75,450 (99,887)
Sept. 28-Oct. 11
O2 Arena, London (6/0)
88,037 (93,432)
Oct. 25-30
AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/1)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin (1/1)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (1/1)
FedExForum, Memphis (1/1)
54,691 (54,691)
Oct. 11-Nov. 5
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/0)
32,632 (34,838)
Sept. 16-Oct. 9
Estadio Monumental, Santiago (1/0)
O2 World, Hamburg, Germany (1/0)
46,344 (64,597)