Rolling Stones Western Swing Tops Hot Tours Chart

May 3: Mick Jagger and Gwen Stefani perform on stage during the Rolling Stones '50 & Counting' tour opener in Los Angeles, California.


The Rolling Stones earn top honors on the weekly Hot Tours chart with $34 million in reported box office revenue from the first five cities on the 2013 leg of the 50 & Counting Tour.  The tour, celebrating the legendary rock band's 50th anniversary, originally launched last fall with a handful of sold out arena performances, but this year's tour leg began on May 3 with a string of dates in western U.S markets.  A sold out event at Staples Center in Los Angeles kicked off this year's schedule and was the first of four performances in Southern California.  After playing to sellout crowds in Oakland (May 5), San Jose (May 8) and Las Vegas (May 11), the band returned to the Southland to play a two-night run at Anaheim's Honda Center on May 15 and 18 followed by another performance at Staples on May 20.

Bruce Springsteen charts at No. 2 among the 10 top-grossing tours of the week based on box office grosses reported from the first three markets on his 2013 European tour leg.  The Wrecking Ball Tour's trek through Europe began in Norway on April 29 with a two-night stand at Oslo's Telenor Arena with almost 44,000 tickets sold for both shows.  Next was a three-show run at Sweden's national stadium, Friends Arena in the Stockholm suburb of Solna.  The 50,000-seat stadium held a total of 164,325 fans for concerts on May 4, 5 and 11, grossing more than $16.3 million for the run.  The three-show engagement set records for both gross and attendance, generating the most box office revenue and selling the most tickets by a single headliner at one venue since the beginning of 2013.  Added to the mix were two shows in Finland in the city of Turku where the Boss performed at HK Areena on May 7 and 8, between the second and third performances in Stockholm.

Third in the Hot Tours rankings is Rihanna with the final 20 concerts reported this week from the first North American leg of her Diamonds World Tour.  The reported shows span the six-week time period between March 30 and May 7 when the trek wrapped with a second sold out performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.  Since her tour launched earlier this year on March 8, gross ticket sales revenue from North American markets totals $32 million with 407,480 fans in attendance at 31 performances.  Rihanna will return to North America in November, but before then her world tour will take her to venues in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand.  The European leg begins in Bilbao, Spain on May 26.

Weekly .com Boxscores - May 22, 2013

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

May 3-20
Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)
Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/1)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/1)
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)
Honda Center, Anaheim (2/2)
95,155 (95,155)

April 29-May 11
Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway (2/2)
Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden (3/3)
HK Areena, Turku, Finland (2/2)
226,801 (226,801)

March 30-May 7
Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/1)
Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1)
KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
Honda Center, Anaheim (1/1)
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/1)
Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas (1/1)
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa (1/1)
BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore (1/1)
Revel Resort, Ovation Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa (1/1)
Barclays Center, Brooklyn (2/2)
TD Garden, Boston (1/1)
251,732 (251,732)

May 3-18
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1)
Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W. Va. (1/1)
BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, Ill. (1/1)
CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. (1/1)
Tyson Events Center, Sioux City, Iowa (1/1)
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1)
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
75,161 (75,161)

May 18-19
Amway Center, Orlando (2/0)
26,261 (26,775)

April 29-May 1
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/0)
20,527 (20,600)

May 16-18
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (1/0)
Comcast Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
Comcast Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
42,182 (53,000)

April 5
Barclays Center, Brooklyn (1/1)
14,061 (14,061)

May 16
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
12,467 (12,467)

May 1
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
9,563 (9,563)