Country star Luke Bryan earns his first No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours tally with more than $25 million in ticket sales reported from the second North American leg of the Dirt Road Diaries tour, his first major effort as a headliner.
The summer jaunt began in mid-May, and was set primarily in outdoor amphitheaters, but also included a handful of performances at arenas and fair grandstands. Through the end of September, the tour’s second leg covered 37 U.S. markets with total attendance logged at 677,705. The Dirt Road Diaries tour actually launched in January and played a three-month trek in U.S. arenas during the first quarter of the year. With revenue counted from the first leg, overall ticket sales for the tour thus far add up to more than $37 million. The tour is set to wrap in late October after 57 performances.
Mumford & Sons takes the No. 2 slot on Hot Tours this week with reported sales from two of the five towns on its second annual Gentlemen of the Road Stopover trek that plays small towns and cities worldwide. The event features multiple acts in each town and occurs on a Friday and Saturday with music kicking off at noon on the final day. The $6.3 million in Hot Tours revenue comes from two of the U.S. markets on this year’s schedule: Troy, Ohio and Guthrie, Okla. The shows in Troy were held at the town’s Memorial Stadium on Aug. 30-31, and the Guthrie concerts were held outdoors in Cottonwood Flats the following weekend. This year’s Stopover also included weekend dates in the U.K. and Canada. Last year, Australia was added to the mix as well.
Rod Stewart lands at No. 3 this week with a four-night stand in Scotland to open Glasgow’s new concert venue, the SSE Hydro. The new 16,000-seat indoor arena opened its doors on September 30 to a packed house. The veteran rocker followed the opener with three more sold out shows on October 2, 4 and 5, grossing £3 million ($4.8 million US$) from more than 46,000 sold seats. Stewart’s Live the Life tour was on the road in Europe from the beginning of June through the Glasgow run and will kick off a ten-city North American jaunt this week in Greensboro, N.C.