Hot Tours: Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Luis Miguel

Country acts take center stage on this week's Hot Tours chart, claiming four of the top 10 slots on the list. Leading the pack at No. 1 is Brad Paisley who takes the top ranking with $4.5 million in box office grosses reported from eight dates on his H2O World Tour. All of this week's reported venues- seven outdoor amphitheaters and one arena- are located in western U.S. states. The arena date was on Sept. 9 at Spokane Arena, one of two performances in Washington State. The other concert was at The Gorge, located in the city of George, Wash. The 20,000-seat amphitheater drew the largest crowd of all the outdoor venues with 19,890 in attendance for a sold out performance on Sept. 11. California followed Washington on the tour schedule with dates in two markets, San Francisco (Sept. 15) and San Diego (Sept. 17). Outdoor concerts followed in four more markets - Phoenix (Sept. 18), Albuquerque (Sept. 19), Salt Lake City (Sept. 24) and Denver (Sept. 25).

Rascal Flatts joins Paisley on the Hot Tours chart with six outdoor amphitheater events of its own, landing the trio in the No. 2 position on this week's tally. The top-grossing venue was First Niagara Pavilion in the Pittsburgh suburb of Burgettstown (Sept. 17). Ticket sales grossed $857K at the 20,000-seat amphitheater with attendance at 17,220. Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. (Sept. 18) topped that number, drawing the largest crowd among the six reported venues with 17,744 in the house.

Country stars Tim McGraw and Gary Allan round out the genre's presence on this week's Hot Tours ranking. McGraw's two performances at the Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre on Sept. 16-17 grossed $1.8 million (US$), giving him the No. 6 position, and Allan charts at No. 8 with box office totals reported from nine venues.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 BRAD PAISLEY
$4,572,865
Sept. 9-25
Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash. (1/0)
The Gorge, George, Wash. (1/1)
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. (1/0)
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)
Cricket Wireless Pavilion, Phoenix (1/0)
Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion, Albuquerque (1/0)
USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, Englewood, Colo. (1/0)
127,315 (139,855)
2 RASCAL FLATTS
$3,754,285
Sept. 16-25
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0)
First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/0)
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J. (1/0)
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/0)
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
86,008 (125,013)
3 LUIS MIGUEL
$2,861,270
Sept. 15-18
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (4/4)
16,853 (16,853)
4

CHER
$2,180,153
Sept. 4-11
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (6/0)
18,084 (23,113)

5 RUSSELL PETERS
$1,898,700
Sept. 23-24
O2 Arena, London (2/0)
28,681 (30,400)
6 TIM McGRAW
$1,834,410
Sept. 16-17
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (2/0)
16,988 (18,512)
7 TIËSTO
$854,516
Aug. 31-Sept. 25
City Hall, Presov, Slovakia (1/0)
WEX, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium (1/0)
Braehead Arena, Glasgow, U.K. (1/0)
16,529 (17,250)
8 GARY ALLAN
$828,016
Aug. 13-Sept. 26
Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fayetteville, Ark. (1/0)
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, Calif. (1/0)
Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Calif. (1/0)
Harrah's Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater, Laughlin, Nev. (1/0)
Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colo. (1/0)
World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo. (1/0)
Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino, Mescalero, N.M. (1/1)
Ellis T. Johnson Arena, Morehead, Ky. (1/0)
20,526 (34,642)
9 SHAKIRA
$792,301
Sept. 15
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
9,712 (9,712)
10 OZZFEST
$792,163
Sept. 18
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
12,643 (14,200)