Bruce Springsteen Top Hot Tours, Grossing $12.1M from Final Australian Dates

Bruce Springsteen performs live on stage with the E Street Band at Allphones Arena on February 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

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Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 on Hot Tours for the third time in 2014 with ticket sales reported from his swing through Australia and New Zealand during February and March.

The High Hopes tour played in seven cities during its Oceania leg that wrapped in Brisbane and Auckland, the two markets covered in this week’s tally.  The Brisbane Entertainment Centre hosted the Boss for his final Aussie performance on Feb. 26 with a packed arena crowd of 12,648. The Auckland engagement was the tour’s only appearance in New Zealand during the four-week trek. Springsteen played two shows at Mt Smart Stadium on the first two nights of March with 73,958 fans in attendance. With $10.2 million in ticket sales, Auckland’s two-show run is the first concert engagement of 2014 to pass the $10 million mark in box office revenue, based on reported Boxscores.

Since its Jan. 26 launch in Cape Town, the High Hopes tour has grossed $44.2 million from 341,314 sold tickets at 17 performances in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The North American leg of the tour is set to begin next month, launching April 6 with a headlining appearance at the March Madness Music Festival in downtown Dallas. Performances in 15 more U.S. cities are on the itinerary through May 18.

Jason Aldean is second in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours with more than $5.1 million in sales reported from nine markets on the 2014 leg of his Night Train tour. The revenue in this week’s tally comes from concerts that occurred Feb. 6 through March 1. Five of the dates were held in U.S. arenas and four in Canada. Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre produced the top gross among the venues in this week’s report with sales totaling $695,610 from a concert on Feb. 9. With Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr on the bill in support roles, the country star’s winter trek wraps on March 15. The tour is a continuation of last year’s 60-date effort that spanned eight months, grossing $47.8 million.

George Strait takes his fifth turn on Hot Tours this year based on reported sales from the final leg of his Cowboy Rides Away tour. This week the iconic country star lands at No. 3 on the list with $3.5 million in sales from sold out performances in the Louisville, Ky., and Chicago markets.  Adding those totals to the rest of his 2014 grosses, the final leg of the tour now surpasses $22.1 million in sales.

Making its first appearance among the weekly list of top-grossing tours is La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, a veteran 17-member Mexican brass ensemble, one of the most widely known groups in the Banda music genre. The group scores the No. 4 slot with $2.2 million in ticket sales reported from a run of four shows in Mexico City in January. All four performances were sellouts with more than 38,000 tickets sold during the run. Under the direction of René Camacho, the band has been on the road during the first three months of the year, playing primarily in Mexican markets along with a handful of U.S. engagements.

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

Feb. 26-March 2
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (1/1)
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand (2/2)
86,606 (86,606)

Feb. 6-March 1
General Motors Centre, Oshawa, Ontario (1/1)
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario (1/1)
Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1)
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington, Ill. (2/2)
JQH Arena, Springfield, Mo. (1/1)
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/1)
100,613 (100,613)

March 7-8
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
39,194 (39,194)

Jan. 15-18
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (4/4)
38,080 (38,080)

Feb. 21
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
18,037 (18,037)

Feb. 19-20
Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2/0)
17,849 (19,172)

Feb. 26-March 1
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Constant Center, Norfolk, Va. (1/0)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
29,330 (29,540)

Feb. 26-March 1
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)
Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1)
15,828 (16,570)

Feb. 28-March 1
The Birchmere, Alexandria, Va. (1/1)
Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
16,226 (16,226)

Feb. 28-March 1
DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (2/0)
7,862 (9,460)