U2 is the latest Hot Tours champ, topping the ranking with box office totals reported from its Feb. 13 concert at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, the first of two 360° Tour performances in South Africa. With ticket sales grosses topping 68.2 million rand ($9.4 million US$), a sellout crowd of 94,232 filled the stadium that was originally built in the late 80's, but renovated for last year's FIFA World Cup. The Johannesburg concert marked the first time the legendary Irish band has performed a concert in South Africa since the PopMart Tour in 1998. They will also play another South African World Cup soccer stadium during this leg of the tour with a performance set on Feb. 18 at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town.

Dutch violinist André Rieu lands in the second spot on the Hot Tours chart with box office stats reported from the final leg of his 2010 world tour. This week's totals come primarily from North American venues that hosted the entertainer during November and December. The final date on the North American leg was Dec. 12 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. The Canadian arena drew the largest crowd among the reported venues. With 8,492 in attendance, the event grossed $734,538 at the box office. Rieu wrapped his 2010 tour on the following evening with a performance at Ethias Arena in the city of Hasselt, Belgium.

Rock band Linkin Park is No. 3 on the current tally of Hot Tours with February performances reported from three major North American arenas. New York's Madison Square Garden (Feb. 4), Montreal's Bell Centre (Feb. 7) and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto (Feb. 8) all hosted the band's A Thousand Suns World Tour with sellout crowds in attendance. Since the beginning of the year, all eight reported shows have been sellouts with a total gross thus far of $5.6 million.

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




$9,433,051
Feb. 13
Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg (1/1)
94,232 (94,232)
2 ANDRE RIEU




$4,332,571
Nov. 29-Dec. 13
Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/0)
Orleans Arena, Las Vegas (1/0)
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/0)
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif. (1/0)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/0)
KeyArena, Seattle (1/0)
Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/0)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/0)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa (1/0)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/0)
Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium (1/0)
51,977 (86,420)
3 LINKIN PARK




$2,522,854
Feb. 4-8
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
40,683 (40,683)
4 PETER KAY




$2,272,780
Dec. 2-6
Odyssey Arena, Belfast (5/5)
41,661 (41,661)
5 ARCADE FIRE




$1,692,950
Dec. 5-6
O2, Dublin (2/2)
23,585 (23,585)
6 BRAD PAISLEY




$1,514,331
Feb. 10-12
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
B.J.C.C. Arena, Birmingham, Ala. (1/0)
The Cajundome, Lafayette, La. (1/1)
29,166 (29,813)
7 KINGS OF LEON




$1,047,570
Dec. 11
O2, Dublin (1/1)
12,615 (12,615)
8 MEAT LOAF




$644,103
Dec. 18
O2, Dublin (1/0)
6,929 (9,000)
9 DEADMAU5





$534,126
Dec. 14
O2, Dublin (1/0)
8,951 (10,000)
10 BARRY MANILOW




$509,943
Jan. 20
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/0)
6,383 (11,205)

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