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Hot Tours: Paul McCartney Is No. 1 With Sold Out U.S. Tour
Paul McCartney earns the No. 1 slot on the weekly Hot Tours tally based on ticket sales reported from his recent trek through U.S. cities during July and August.
The six-week jaunt was the Out There tour's third leg in North America since the tour began in May 2014. With concerts at eight arenas and four stadiums during this summer's run, ticket sales totaled $38.7 million, bringing the overall gross to $150 million from 40 reported shows during the tour's 15-month span.
San Francisco's Candlestick Park is the Out There tour's top-grossing venue in this tally, with $7 million in sales from a crowd of 53,477 fans. It is also the highest gross from any North American venue during the tour's entire run. The sold-out performance on Aug. 14 was the final concert to be held at the famed Bay Area stadium that will soon be demolished. The event also marked McCartney's return to the site where the Beatles played their last official concert in 1966.
Three more stadiums were on the 2014 summer schedule for the Out There tour. McCartney also sold out Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Aug. 10 with more than $5.2 million in revenue from 52,605 sold seats. Target Field in Minneapolis hosted the legendary rocker on Aug. 2 with a packed stadium crowd of 43,143, and the performance at the University of Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium hit the record books as the largest concert in Montana history. His sold out show on Aug. 5 at the Missoula stadium drew 25,192 fans -- 1,423 more than the Rolling Stones concert on Oct. 4, 2006 during the band's A Bigger Bang tour.
Mötley Crüe lands at No. 2 with $12.5 million in reported ticket sales from 16 sold out shows on its Final tour that launched in North America on July 2. The tour is the veteran rock band's farewell effort on the road and is expected to continue into 2015, although next year's dates have not yet been announced. The 2014 schedule is set, however, and concerts are booked in North American venues through late-November.
The tour's summer leg helped usher in the new compilation album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe that features covers of the band's hits by various country stars. The album bowed on Aug. 19 and includes Justin Moore's cover of "Home Sweet Home," featuring the Crüe's Vince Neil, the project's first single.
The top-grosser among the Mötley Crüe concerts is the July 21 concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The band performed for 16,488 fans at the Los Angeles outdoor venue, logging $1.3 million in ticket sales. The Final tour is booked primarily in outdoor amphitheaters during the summer months, but will also include a host of performances at indoor arenas. Alice Cooper is on the road as special guest for the tour that will wrap for the year in Spokane, Wash. on Nov. 22.
Billy Joel takes the No. 3 ranking this week with the last of four performances at major league ballparks during his summer tour through North American cities. He wrapped his stadium run on Aug. 2 at Citizens Bank Park, the home ballpark of Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.
Gross sales topped $4.1 million for the sold out stadium performance that was attended by 40,335 fans. Earlier in the summer, Joel performed at Boston's Fenway Park (June 26), Wrigley Field in Chicago (July 18) and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (July 26). Attendance for all four events totaled 157,305 with a combined gross of $16.7 million.