Coronavirus

Dead & Company Land 2020's Highest-Grossing Concert Engagement

Dead & Company
Danny Clinch

Dead & Company

Dead & Company leads the March 7-dated Hot Tours recap (see below) with the annual return of Playing in the Sand, the band’s four-day destination event in Mexico. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, the event grossed a massive $18.7 million from 6,127 tickets sold. That makes it the highest-grossing reported engagement of 2020 so far. The festival was presented by CID Presents.

The Jan. 16-19 event was held at the Moon Palace Riviera in Cancun, after taking place at the Barcelo Maya Palace in 2018-19. The four-day getaway earned $15.1 million in 2018, bumped 14% to $17.3 million in 2019, and sprung up an additional 8% in 2020.

Rather than the band’s usual concert ticket between $50 and $200, tickets for Playing in the Sand scaled in the thousands. Price of admission covered performances throughout the weekend and different packages for accommodations and experiences in Cancun (flights were not included). Dead & Company played sets on Jan. 16, 17, and 18, while support acts Lettuce, Foundation of Funk, Circles Around the Sun, Goose, and Molly Tuttle were featured on Friday, Jan. 17 as well.

While it may not seem like an apples-to-apples comparison to other dates on a Dead & Company tour, or any other tour for that matter, the final figures for Playing in the Sand are still staggering. The $18.7 million earnings outpace recent multi-artist Mexican festivals like Corona Capital and Electric Daisy. In fact, the three Playing in the Sand events rank as the third, fourth, and fifth highest-grossing Mexican engagements in the history of Billboard Boxscore.

The only events to out-gross the Dead & Co. fest were a three-show run by U2 at Estadio Azteca in 2011 ($22.9 million; 282,978 tickets; May 11, 14-15) and a 30-show spread by Luis Miguel at Auditorio Nacional in 2006 ($19.3 million; 267,528 tickets; Jan. 18-Feb. 27).

The three editions of Playing in the Sand are Dead & Company’s only reported shows in Mexico but at a combined $51.2 million, they are the ninth-highest grossing act in the country’s Boxscore history. The Rolling Stones ($206.1 million), Luis Miguel ($165 million) and U2 ($104.6 million) are the country’s all-time leaders.

See below for the full Hot Tours tally, featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aventura, and the Eagles.

HOT TOURS - MARCH 7, 2020

Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 25 - March 2

ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

RANK
1 Dead & Company
$18,691,827
Jan. 16 - 19
Moon Palace Riviera, Cancun, Mexico (4/4)
6,127 (6,127)

2 Eagles
$8,871,615
Feb. 7 - 11
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga. (3/3)
39,375 (39,375)

3 Aerosmith
$7,953,838
Jan. 29 - Feb. 15
Park Theater, Las Vegas (0/8)
37,094 (37,597)

4 Blake Shelton
$7,750,287
Jan. 25 - Feb. 27
Choctaw Grand Theater, Durant, Okla. (1/1)
Moda Center, Portland, Ore. (1/1)
Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/1)
Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash. (1/1)
Mechanics Bank Arena, Bakersfield, Claif. (1/1)
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah (1/1)
88,944 (88,944)

5 Aventura
$7,131,966
Feb. 5 - 8
The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (4/4)
52,162 (52,162)

6 Marc Anthony
$6,914,827
Jan. 25 - March 1
Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C. (1/1)
Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, Cedar Park, Texas (0/1)
60,182 (60,569)

7 The Lumineers
$2,613,312
Feb. 25 - 29
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1/1)
KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/1)
Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
44,315 (44,315)

8 Post Malone
$1,692,240
Feb. 16
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec (1/1)
15,523 (15,523)

9 Tedeschi Trucks Band
$683,592
Feb. 14 - 22
Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C. (4/4)
6,876 (6,876)

10 tobyMac
$555,333
Feb. 21 - 23
Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colo. (0/2)
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah (0/1)
16,459 (18,115)


THE BILLBOARD BIZ
SUBSCRIBER EXPERIENCE

The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.


To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.