Iron Maiden Tops the Week's Hot Tours with $8.5 Million in Final European Run

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Promotional portrait of British heavy metal group, Iron Maiden, 1981: (L-R) Steve Harris, Clive Burr, Paul Di'Anno, Adrian Smith, and Dave Murray. (Photo by Robert Ellis/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Iron Maiden earns this week's top Hot Tours ranking with final box office grosses reported from the European leg of the Maiden England world tour that kicked off its 2013 schedule in late May. Revenue from the final six shows on the summer jaunt through Europe totaled $8.5 million from 121,280 tickets sold. The final stop was London, with a two-night stand at the O2 Arena on August 3 and 4. With sellouts on both evenings, the band played to 27,000 fans in its home city to close out its European run. A brief fall swing through North and South American markets will mark the end of the veteran heavy metal band's world tour on October 2. The tour launched during the summer of 2012 with a three-month trek at arenas and outdoor amphitheaters in the U.S. and Canada. With totals added from this summer's Europe dates, overall ticket sales from the tour top $42 million from 45 reported concerts.

Brad Paisley scores the No. 4 Hot Tours ranking with $1.8 million in sold tickets reported from performances in three California venues during the final days of his summer amphitheater tour in North American markets. Since kicking off on May 9 in St. Louis, the award-winning country star's Beat This Summer tour has played to more than 430,000 fans at outdoor sheds in 27 cities, grossing over $15.4 million at the box office. Chris Young, Lee Brice and The Henningsens have provided support for the tour on select dates during the summer trek that ends on August 31 in Las Vegas. A fall arena run will begin in late September primarily in Canadian cities, wrapping for the year on November 16 in St. Paul.

Latin pop singers Emmanuel & Mijares land in the fifth slot on the Hot Tours tally with $1.6 million in box office grosses reported from two performances at Mexican venues during August. Their tour, dubbed Two'r Amigos, played to a sellout crowd at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional on August 14, the sixth performance by the duo at the 9,600-seat theater reported to Billboard this year. The co-headliners performed five earlier concerts at the venue during May and June.