Presidential Election 2012: Musicians on the Campaign Trail

Bruce Springsteen performs at an Obama rally in Ohio on November 5th, 2012, one day before the election.

Bruce Springsteen claims the top slot on the weekly Hot Tours ranking, leading the top 10 tours list for the second time this year.  His Wrecking Ball World Tour with the E Street Band last took the top ranking during the first week of April when box office grosses from the tour¹s Australian leg in March were reported.  This week¹s No. 1 is based on totals from three venues in the U.K. and one in the Netherlands during the summer trek through European cities.

A sold out concert at London¹s Wembley Stadium marked Springsteen¹s return to the U.K. for the first time since last summer¹s Hard Rock Calling Festival at Hyde Park.  The Wembley show, his first in the new stadium, drew more than 70,000 fans, grossing £4.1 million ($6.4 US$) on June 15.  Following performances at stadiums in Glasgow and Coventry, he took the tour to the Netherlands, playing to a sellout crowd at an outdoor event at Goffertpark in the city of Nijmegen. Ticket sales revenue from all four performances in this week¹s tally is $20.4 million.

The Boss returns to the U.K. this weekend to headline the final night (June 30) of the 2013 Hard Rock Calling at the festival¹s new home, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, site of last year¹s summer Olympics in London.

Cirque du Soleil¹s Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour lands at No. 2 with $13.8 million in ticket sales reported from the final Japanese venue on the tour¹s trek through Asia.  Osaka-Jo Hall hosted the tour for a total of 12 performances (including four matinees) on June 6-9 and 13-16. The Immortal Tour has now been on the road for more than a year and a half in North America, Europe and Asia.  With a final leg booked in Australia this fall, the overall gross from the beginning of the tour through the Osaka run now stands at $277.2 million from 335 performances.

One Direction owns the No. 3 ranking this week with $6.2 million in ticket sales from its two-show stint in Mexico City on June 8 and 9.  The concerts were the Take Me Home Tour¹s first date in the Americas following the European leg that ran from late February through the end of May.  Mexico City¹s baseball stadium and concert venue, Foro Sol was the site of the event that drew a combined total of 170,317 fans over both nights.  The remainder of the group¹s North American jaunt will include performances at U.S. and Canadian arenas and amphitheaters through mid-August.

Earning the No. 4 Hot Tours ranking is Paul McCartney with box office stats reported from his only appearance in the metropolitan New York City market on this current tour: a two-night engagement at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The concerts on June 8 and 10 produced sellout crowds on both nights. The Out There! Tour¹s first North American leg stopped in five U.S. cities during May and June before wrapping at Bonnaroo on June 14. The overall gross from the arenas in those five cites ­ Orlando, Austin, Memphis, Tulsa and Brooklyn ­ totaled $18.2 million from nine shows attended by 122,035 fans.

    Weekly .com Boxscores - June 26, 2013
   
   
Rank    ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Dates
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND
    $20,451,996
    June 15-22
    Wembley Stadium, London (1/1)
    Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland (1/0)
    Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England (1/1)
    Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands (1/1)
    216,587 (219,575)
   
2    MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR
    $13,899,200
    June 6-16
    Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan (12/0)
    84,307 (93,120)
   
3    ONE DIRECTION
    $6,268,801
    June 8-9
    Foro Sol, Mexico City (2/0)
    107,317 (108,050)
   
4    PAUL MCCARTNEY
    $5,189,250
    June 8-10
    Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2/2)
    29,898 (29,898)
   
5    BEYONCÉ
    $2,927,440
    May 15-31
    Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (2/0)
    34,785 (34,793)
   
6    EMMANUEL & MIJARES
    $2,516,352
    May 30-June 6
    Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (4/2)
    37,727 (37,741)
   
7    BRAD PAISLEY
    $2,191,580
    June 14-23
    Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (1/1)
    Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala. (1/1)
    Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/0)
    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
    Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta (1/0)
    57,466 (72,279)
   
8    BARRY MANILOW
    $1,394,244
    April 25-June 16
    Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va. (1/0)
    Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (3/0)
    19,069 (24,902)
   
9    TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
    $1,339,055
    June 3-18
    The Fonda Theater, Los Angeles (6/6)
    Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1)
    15,978 (15,978)
   
10    ALICIA KEYS
    $1,168,909
    April 10-June 10
    Agganis Arena, Boston (1/0)
    O2 World, Hamburg (1/0)
    13,867 (15,489)