Hot Tours: Rush, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley
Hot Tours: Rush, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley

Rush takes the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tours chart with totals reported from the Time Machine Tour that played North American venues from late June through early October. The tour schedule included concerts at outdoor amphitheaters and arenas along with appearances at state fairs in Minnesota (Aug. 27), New York (Sept. 2),and an Aug. 31 stop at the Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, Pa. which celebrated its 158th year of operation. The top gross among the reported concerts came from a two-performance engagement at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The Denver-area outdoor venue sold more than 16,000 tickets for both shows (Aug. 16, 18) grossing just over $1.5 million. The largest amphitheater crowd for a single performance came from the Houston market with 15,225 fans in attendance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Sept. 25. Among the arenas on the schedule, the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas produced the top gross with $993,351 in sold tickets for a concert on Aug. 14. The best attendance among the arenas was at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The 20,000-seat venue's Aug. 29 performance drew 11,402 fans.

This year's Time Machine Tour is the first major concert outing for Rush since the Snakes & Arrows Tour in 2007-2008 that grossed over $52 million. The Canadian rockers, who are currently working on a new album to be released in 2011, are the 2010 recipient of the Legends of Live Award to be be presented at the Billboard Touring Conference in New York City on Nov. 4.

Country superstar Toby Keith takes the No. 2 spot on the Hot Tours list with over $9.6 million in ticket sales reported from performances during August and September at 13 outdoor amphitheaters and one arena. The Chicago market produced the top attendance and gross totals with 25,221 tickets sold at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre located in the suburb of Tinley Park. The gross total for the Sept. 18 concert was $898,778.

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

Aug. 5-Oct. 2
USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. (1/0)
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. (1/0)
Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Calif. (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, Calif. (1/0)
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0)
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo. (2/0)
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/0)
Qwest Center, Omaha (1/0)
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul (1/0)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
Great Allentown Fair, Allentown, Pa. (1/0)
New York State Fair, Syracuse (1/0)
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (1/0)
TD Garden, Boston (1/0)
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/0)
Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/0)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/0)
AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/0)
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (1/0) Center, Dallas (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, Ga. (1/0)
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/0)
270,757 (319,077)
Aug. 6-Sept. 25
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. (1/1)
Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, Englewood, Colo. (1/0)
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (1/1)
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. (1/1)
First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/1)
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/0)
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/1)
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/1)
St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, Fla. (1/0)
Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/1)
Qwest Center, Omaha (1/0)
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0)
Comcast Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/1)
263,019 (273,035)
Sept. 30-Oct. 9
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, Mont. (1/1)
Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/0)
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/0)
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/0)
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/0)
Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D. (1/1)
57,005 (61,482)
Oct. 12-17
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/0)
Qwest Center, Omaha (1/0)
44,988 (46,060)

Oct. 11-17
Agganis Arena, Boston (1/0)
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y. (1/0)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/0)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/0)
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/0)
24,483 (29,985)

Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion, Albuquerque (1/0)
Cricket Wireless Pavilion, Phoenix (1/0)
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)
31,898 (53,842)
Oct. 5-9
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (1/0)
Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (1/1)
8,371 (10,374)

Oct. 8-9
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu (2/2)
15,721 (15,721)
Oct. 6-9
Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (1/0)
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (2/2)
15,235 (16,242)

Oct. 13-14
Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (2/2)
9,662 (9,662)