Billy Joel heads up the weekly recap of Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from his sold-out performance at Boston’s Fenway Park on June 26. With a crowd of 36,526 in attendance at the storied home of the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox, the “Piano Man” racked up box office sales topping $3.7 million.
Following singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, who opened the show, Joel performed a hit-filled two-hour set that included a re-worked version of “New York State of Mind,” titled “Boston State of Mind,” incorporating local area references and sung by 13-year old Emma Stanganelli in support of victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Another guest artist, country star Zac Brown, joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer during one of his encores. Although Joel’s touring efforts in 2014 have primarily been centered in arenas, the Fenway concert will be followed by three more shows this summer at Major League Baseball stadiums. He is set to play Chicago’s Wrigley Field on July 18 followed by a concert the following weekend at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Philadelphia-area fans can catch the tour at Citizens Bank Park on August 2.
Scoring the No. 2 slot on Hot Tours is Paul McCartney, with $2.4 million in ticket sales from his concert in Costa Rica’s capital city of San José on May 1. Performing during the final Latin American sweep of his Out There tour that stopped in Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Ecuador during April, the rock legend played to a crowd of 27,001 at Costa Rica’s National Stadium. The concert, promoted by Latin American event producer OCESA, was the tour’s final stop before he had to cancel his May concerts in Japan and South Korea due to illness. Sir Paul returned to the stage on July 5 at Albany’s Times Union Center to kick off the Out There tour’s final leg through North America. He will headline arenas and stadiums in 19 more U.S. markets through the end of October.
Fourth in the tally is a two-show engagement in Las Vegas featuring Brian May and Roger Taylor of the iconic band Queen along with new frontman, "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert. Billed as Queen + Adam Lambert, the collaborating rock artists played to sellout crowds on July 5 and 6 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. May and Taylor have performed before with a frontman to cover the role of the late Freddie Mercury who died in 1991. Previously they toured with Paul Rodgers formerly of Bad Company beginning in 2005 through 2009. The current tour with Lambert launched on June 19 in Chicago, the first of 22 cities on tap during the North American leg that is booked through late July. Dates will follow in South Korea, Japan and Australia in August and September.
The Voice Tour, featuring contestants from the hit NBC television singing competition lands at No. 5 among the weekly ranking of top-grossing tours with sales reported from the trek’s first eight cities. The tour kicked off on June 21 at San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre and will stop in theaters in U.S. and Canadian cities during a six-week span this summer. Performers include the top finalists from the sixth season of the program along with contestants from past seasons.