Hot Tours: The Stone Roses, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Madonna

Hot Tours: The Stone Roses, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Madonna

English rock band The Stone Roses, on the road this summer for the first time in 16 years, takes the No. 1 position on the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket sales reported from three sold out shows in Manchester. The concerts on June 29, 30 and July 1 at Heaton Park were the group's first shows in its hometown since disbanding in the mid-90s. Part of a reunion tour that kicked off on June 8, the Heaton Park event grossed more than £12 million ($18.6 million US$) with 217,948 tickets sold.

This summer's major superstar tours continue their presence on the Hot Tours recap with Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw's Brothers of the Sun Tour coming in second with $9.5 million from two stadium dates, followed by Madonna's MDNA Tour at No. 3 with $9.2 million from venues in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Lady Gaga, No. 5 on the list, wraps the Australian leg of her Born This Way Ball with two sold out performances at Perth's Burswood Dome.

Neil Diamond makes his first 2012 appearance on Hot Tours with box office totals reported from four venues on his summer tour throughout North America. With $3.5 million in ticket sales from just over 33,000 sold tickets, the legendary singer/songwriter earns the No. 6 ranking. The arenas included in this week's tally are Philips Arena in Atlanta (June 6), Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (June 16), Montreal's Bell Centre (June 21) and John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario with the top attendance total among the four. With 9,375 fans in the house, gross revenue from the June 28 performance in London topped $1.1 million.

With $2.7 million in ticket sales from five venues, country trio Lady Antebellum lands at No. 7 on this week's ranking of the top 10 tours. Two of the venues hosted the Grammy-winning group for concerts on two consecutive nights - New York City's Radio City Music Hall with performances on May 3 and 4 and James Brown Arena in Augusta, Ga. with a two-show run on May 22 and 23. Since the beginning of the year, ticket sales revenue totaling $14.7 million has been reported to Billboard from 28 dates on the band's Own The Night World Tour. With the North American leg of the tour wrapping at the end of June, the group is currently touring in Europe through the end of this month and will head Down Under for an Australian leg beginning in September.

Rank

Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 THE STONE ROSES
$18,699,938
June 29-July 1
Heaton Park, Manchester (3/3)
217,948 (217,948)
2 KENNY CHESNEY & TIM MCGRAW
$9,592,860
July 7-8
Soldier Field, Chicago (1/1)
Target Field, Minneapolis (1/1)
93,624 (93,624)
3 MADONNA
$9,229,533
July 7-12
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (2/2)
Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany (1/1)
Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels (1/1)
80,439 (80,439)
4 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S MICHAEL JACKSON TOUR
$6,897,833
July 6-15
Bell Centre, Montreal (2/0)
Giant Center, Hershey, Pa. (1/0)
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (3/0)
56,416 (67,928)
5 LADY GAGA
$3,696,277
July 7-8
Burswood Dome, Perth, Australia (2/2)
32,046 (32,046)
6 NEIL DIAMOND
$3,504,420
June 6-28
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0)
John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario (1/0)
33,007 (38,430)
7 LADY ANTEBELLUM
$2,778,079
May 3-June 28
Radio City Music Hall, New York (2/2)
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/1)
James Brown Arena, Augusta, Ga. (2/0)
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. (1/1)
Snowden Grove Amphitheater, Southaven, Miss. (1/0)
55,020 (58,436)
8 IL DIVO
$1,893,444
June 19-July 14
Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas (1/0)
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/0)
Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (1/0)
Comerica Theatre, Phoenix (1/0)
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (2/0)
19,599 (27,929)
9 AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE
$1,811,641
July 6-14
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit (1/0)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/0)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/0)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/0)
1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colo. (1/0)
31,490 (38,699)
10 RADIOHEAD
$1,719,036
May 31-June 1
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (2/0)
26,481 (27,418)