Bon Jovi Tops Hot Tours with $26.3 Million
David Bergman

Fresh off its multiple win night at the Billboard Touring Awards, Bon Jovi earns the week’s top Hot Tours ranking with revenue reported from the Because We Can tour’s third trek through U.S. and Canadian markets this year. Ticket sales totaled $26.3 million from sold out concerts at 18 arenas during the tour’s fall leg that began on Oct. 2 in Vancouver and wrapped in Montreal on Nov. 8. The band played single shows in all markets except Toronto where the Air Canada Centre hosted on two evenings (Nov. 1 and 2), grossing $3.6 million from 35,859 sold seats. Among U.S. venues, the top gross was logged at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. with just over $2 million from a packed house on Oct. 25 in the casino’s 10,000-seat arena.
The Because We Can tour’s first leg was also in North America, launching on Feb. 10 in Washington, D.C. and playing arenas in the U.S. and Canada for 11 weeks. A second leg came in July with a string of outdoor performances at four stadiums and two amphitheaters in six U.S. cities. The fall trek was the last chance for North American audiences to see the tour that is set to wrap after a run of December performances in Japan and Australia. Altogether in North American cities in 2013, attendance topped 1.1 million.
Dutch violinist and orchestra conductor André Rieu lands at No. 2 among the week’s top 10 tours with $16.4 million in revenue reported from the second half of his 2013 tour that launched on New Year’s Day in Köln, Germany. This week’s tally begins with an eight-show engagement during June and July in his home city of Maastricht. He and the Johann Strauss Orchestra traditionally perform a string of outdoor concerts there during the summer months at Vrijthof, a city square. This year’s eight performances drew 59,000 fans.  Rieu’s annual worldwide concert tours have ranked among Billboard’s list of Top 25 Tours every year since 2009.
Country star Toby Keith ranks third in this week’s Hot Tours recap with $10 million in ticket sales reported from 14 performances of his Hammer Down tour that kicked off in June. The tour included stops at outdoor amphitheaters, fair grandstands and country festivals during the summer months in U.S. cities. This week’s ticket sales total comes primarily from the shed dates produced by Live Nation. In 14 venues, the number of sold tickets topped 267,000.
Phish is No. 4 and P!nk fifth on the weekly top 10 list, with totals reported from their fall tours through North American markets. Phish grossed over $9.3 million from 12 shows at seven venues including three-night stands in two markets: Hampton, Virginia and Atlantic City. P!nk’s Truth About Love tour hauled in $9.3 million from seven performances on her fall swing through five western North American cities: Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle and Vancouver during October and an early November date in Chicago.