Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

Billie Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2014

Myrna Suarex

Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this week's slate of performers with a $4.2 million gross from his performance on July 26 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The concert in the nation's capital drew a crowd of 38,487 for his two-hour set of hits. With Gavin DeGraw providing support, Joel kicked off his summertime trek in American ballparks on June 26 at Boston's Fenway Park. He followed that performance with a July 18 show at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. The final stadium date on the schedule is Aug. 2 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. 

Joel hit the road early in 2014, beginning with a swing through North American arenas during the winter months. Included on his touring itinerary is a residency at New York's Madison Square Garden where he is playing one show during each month of the year. In May he played a three-show outdoor engagement at the Hollywood Bowl, followed by a handful of U.S. arena dates along with the summer stadium run.

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Michael Bublé is second on the Hot Tours tally based on ticket sales from three venues during his To Be Loved tour's 2014 swing through North American markets. With box office revenue totaling $1.9 million, the Canadian artist performed for 24,491 fans at three arenas in the American Midwest during July. New Orleans-based Beaver Productions promoted the concerts at all three venues. Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena drew the largest crowd among the three with 9,228 fans in attendance at a July 25 performance. Sellouts at Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus and BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., round out this week's reported shows.

The To Be Loved tour launched at the end of June 2013 and included jaunts in Europe and North America through the end of November. After a December break, the tour resumed in January in Europe and traveled to Australia and New Zealand in the spring. This year's North American leg kicked off June 19 in Vancouver with 20 cities on the schedule in the U.S. and Canada through Aug. 3. Concerts in four Latin American cities and a third stint in Europe are set for the remainder of the year.

The New Kids on the Block take the No. 5 Hot Tours ranking with a four-show turn in Las Vegas at the Axis at Planet Hollywood on July 10-13. Following on the heels of the band's 17-city tour through Europe from May 6 through June 1, the Vegas run drew more than 11,000 fans. In addition to Britney Spears, who has completed 27 performances of her "Piece of Me" residency at the venue since December, the Axis has also hosted Tool, the Backstreet Boys and a co-headlining date with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden

Grammy winner Lorde earns the No. 6 slot with sales reported from a two-night stint at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion on July 11 and 12 during her tour through six Australian cities. The Sydney engagement was part of a rescheduled run after the New Zealand native had to postpone the original April dates due to illness. During the July trek she also performed two concerts in Melbourne, as well as shows in Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Brisbane.

Weekly .com Boxscores - July 30, 2013

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

BILLY JOEL
$4,200,480
July 26
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
38,487 (38,487)

MICHAEL BUBLÉ
$1,947,879
July 25-27
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/0)
Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
24,491 (25,063)

KEITH URBAN
$1,355,771
June 29, July 24
Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)
Meadowbrook, Gilford, N.H. (1/1)
15,495 (15,971)

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT
$1,340,490
July 19-25
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (2/0)
13,982 (14,101)

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
$1,126,168
July 10-13
The Axis at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (4/0)
11,069 (21,874)

LORDE
$682,315
July 11-12
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (2/1)
10,672 (10,772)

STEELY DAN
$631,403
July 26-27
Lakefront Arena, New Orleans (1/0)
BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
6,857 (7,358)

JACK WHITE
$605,191
July 21-24
Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Ill. (1/1)
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Ill. (1/1)
11,094 (11,094)

PEPE AGUILAR
$543,717
July 4-5
Auditorio Banamex, Monterrey, Mexico (1/0)
Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (1/0)
12,459 (14,685)

LIONEL RICHIE
$534,415
July 26
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
6,571 (6,571)