Hot Tours: Black Keys Grabs No. 1 Ahead of Country Giants
The Black Keys rise to No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours ranking with more than $2 million in box office grosses reported from three venues in California during its fall trek through western U.S. markets. The first date in this week's tally was an October 2 concert with a sellout crowd of 4,965 at Santa Barbara Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater located north of Los Angeles. Two performances followed at L.A.'s Staples Center with 24,821 combined fans in attendance on October 5 and 6 generating ticket sales of $1.2 million. The band¹s final stop in California on the fall tour was in Anaheim on October 8 with 10,518 in attendance at the Honda Center. Touring in support of the album "El Camino," released last December, the Grammy-winning rock duo has been on the road since January headlining arenas and festivals in North America and Europe. On October 21, the band kicks off a stretch of performances in Australia and New Zealand followed by dates in Europe through mid-December. Two concerts are booked at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas to close out the year on December 30 and 31.
Country headliners round out the Top 5 on the Hot Tours recap with ticket sales reported for Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band and Brad Paisley. Aldean's second place ranking among the 10 top-grossing tours of the week is based on reported revenue from three late-September amphitheater dates in California Sleep Train Amphitheatre in the Sacramento area on September 27, Shoreline Amphitheatre near San Francisco on September 28 and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in the Southern California city of Irvine on September 29. With a box office gross of $1.9 million from 53,286 sold tickets, all three shows were sellouts.
Eric Church takes the No. 3 slot in the rankings with $1.6 million in grosses from five venues beginning with two sold out shows at Chattanooga's Tivoli Theatre on Oct. 8 and 9. Four consecutive arena dates followed beginning on October 11 with concerts in Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wis., Indianapolis and Louisville.
Ranking fourth is the Zac Brown Band with $1.4 million in ticket sales from two concerts a September 7 shed date at Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre and a stadium event on Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio at Crew Stadium. Paisley lands at No. 5 with a gross of $1.2 million from arena performances on October 5 and 6 at Nationwide Arena, also located in Columbus, and Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.