Hot Tours: U2, Lady Gaga,  Brad Paisley
Hot Tours: U2, Lady Gaga, Brad Paisley

U2's 360° Tour tops the current list of Hot Tours with over $67 million in ticket sales revenue reported from sold out concerts on two continents. Included in this week's tallies are box office grosses from ten concerts held in Australia and New Zealand during November and December as well as the last of two performances in South Africa during February. The 2010 concerts, held at four stadiums in Australia and one in New Zealand drew over half a million fans and grossed $60.9 million (US$) at the box office. The venues were Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland (Nov. 25-26), Melbourne's Etihad Stadium (Dec. 1, 3), Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane (Dec. 8-9), Sydney's ANZ Stadium (Dec. 13-14) and Subiaco Oval in Perth (Dec. 18-19). The South Africa event was held in Cape Town Stadium on Feb. 18 and followed another sold out performance in the country five days earlier in Johannesburg. The 360° Tour will continue later this month with concerts planned for stadiums in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico before returning to North America in May.

Lady Gaga takes the No. 2 ranking this week with box office stats reported from sold out performances in five U.S. venues during February. New York City's Madison Square Garden hosted the Monster Ball Tour for two performances (Feb. 21-22) with grosses topping $3.2 million from 28,949 sold seats. Single shows were held at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall (Feb. 19), Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 24), Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center (Feb. 26) and United Center in Chicago (Feb. 28). Ticket sales from all of the February dates topped $9.8 million.

Ranking third is country star Brad Paisley who wrapped his H2O Frozen Over Tour with a final performance in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 26, the last of six dates reported during the past week for the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. The sold out Nashville concert grossed $675,234, the top gross total among the six arenas, but the largest crowd came from the Louisville market with 13,890 in attendance at the KFC Yum! Center on Feb. 19.

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





$67,026,336
Nov. 25-Feb. 18
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand (2/2)
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia (2/2)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (2/2)
ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia (2/2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth, Australia (2/2)
Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa ( 1/1)
572,969 (572,969)
2 LADY GAGA







$9,847,535
Feb. 19-28
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
United Center, Chicago (1/1)
88,079 (88,079)
3 BRAD PAISLEY





$3,194,564
Feb. 17-26
Giant Center, Hershey, Pa. (1/1)
Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Va. (1/1)
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/0)
Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, Ga. (1/1)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
62,142 (64,252)
4 LINKIN PARK





$2,420,429
Feb. 19-23
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
42,239 (42,239)
5 BACKSTREET BOYS





$1,524,672
Feb. 20-26
Ginásio Nilson Nelson, Brasília, Brazil (1/0)
Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/0)
Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1/0)
Credicard Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (1/0)
18,714 (34,682)
6 JASON ALDEAN





$1,370,157
Feb. 24-26
Florence Civic Center, Florence, S.C. (1/1)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn. (1/1)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
35,105 (35,105)
7 PARAMORE





$1,231,640
Feb. 17-20
Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/0)
Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1/0)
Credicard Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (1/0)
18,908 (20,882)
8 ERIC CLAPTON





$991,095
Feb. 26
KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)
12,107 (12,107)
9 EXALTASAMBA






$492,375
Feb. 4-5
Credicard Hall, São Paulo, Brazil (2/0)
12,632 (13,876)
10 NE-YO





$426,215
Feb. 14
NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (1/0)
6,147 (6,328)