Billboard Live Music Summit

Rolling Stones Top Hot Tours, Grossing $23.6 Million (And Counting...) Down Under

The Rolling Stones
Simon Cross

The Rolling Stones kicked off the Australian and New Zealand leg of their 2014 "ON FIRE" tour on October 25, 2014 at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

The Rolling Stones land on the weekly Hot Tours tally (see list below) after a four-month break from the road. The act takes the No. 1 slot with ticket sales reported from the first three cities on the 14 On Fire tour’s final leg, a trek through Australia and New Zealand.

The Oceania run was originally planned for March and April, but the spring dates were postponed following the death of Mick Jagger’s partner L’Wren Scott on March 17. The tour was rescheduled for the fall and began with a sold out stadium performance in Adelaide, South Australia. Attendance at the city’s sports venue, Adelaide Oval, totaled 52,910 for the show on Oct. 25 that grossed $8.9 million.

The second stop Down Under was the highest grossing of the three dates in this week’s recap, a two-night engagement at Perth Arena with $9.8 million in sales. The Stones were the highest grossing touring artist of the year at the Perth venue that also hosted multiple-show stints by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake.

The band’s performance on Nov. 5 at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena drew 12,262 fans with ticket sales totaling $4.8 million, the venue’s highest gross for a single performance this year. Buble did have a higher overall gross at the arena last spring when his tour stopped in Melbourne, but he played four shows to get his $5.1 million sales total.

One performance on the Oceania jaunt had to be cancelled when Jagger was unable to sing due to illness. The band did not perform a scheduled outdoor concert on Nov. 8 at Hanging Rock, northwest of Melbourne, but the tour resumed on Nov. 12 in Sydney. The final performance will be a stadium event in Auckland, New Zealand, on Nov. 22.

Latin superstar Vicente Fernandez scores a Hot Tours ranking, landing at No. 2 with $7.3 million in sales from 12 sold-out concerts at Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional. The legendary Mexican ranchero singer, who had to cancel his Farewell tour in 2012 due to illness, returned to the stage in the Mexican capital city for seven shows in September and five in October. Attendance totaled 114,055 during the run that began on Sept. 10 and ended on Oct. 12.

Fernandez has headlined at the national auditorium numerous times, but this year’s concert run is his highest grossing engagement at the venue, based on Billboard’s Boxscore archives. Prior to these concerts, the top-grosser was a 10-show run during August and September of 2008 with $2.9 million in revenue from 89,746 sold seats. His oldest concert in the archives is a two-night stint at the Mexico City venue on June 10-11, 1995. He performed for sellout crowds at both shows, grossing $348,650 from 19,676 sold tickets ranging in price from $8 to $30.

 

 HOT TOURS - Nov. 12, 2014
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Nov. 5-11
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1THE ROLLING STONES
 $23,592,983
 Oct. 25-Nov. 5
 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia (1/1)
 Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (2/2)
 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (1/1)
 92,095 (92,095)
  
2VICENTE FERNÁNDEZ
 $7,376,653
 Sept. 10-Oct. 12
 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (12/12)
 114,055 (114,055)
  
3PHISH
 $5,158,405
 Oct. 21-Nov. 2
 Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (2/2)
 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (3/3)
 MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (3/3)
 86,203 (86,203)
  
4JAMES TAYLOR
 $3,325,789
 Nov. 1-9
 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
 BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/0)
 i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/1)
 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
 43,019 (43,785)
  
5RICARDO ARJONA
 $2,200,934
 Oct. 21-24
 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (4/0)
 36,040 (38,320)
  
6BOB DYLAN
 $1,555,062
 Oct. 24-30
 Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, Calif. (3/0)
 Paramount Theatre, Oakland (3/0)
 15,397 (17,898)
  
7LANA DEL REY
 $1,503,773
 Oct. 6-7
 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2/0)
 18,367 (19,040)
  
8MARC ANTHONY
 $1,407,766
 Oct. 10-11
 Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. (1/1)
 Agganis Arena, Boston (1/1)
 13,960 (13,960)
  
9STEVIE WONDER
 $1,407,197
 Nov. 9
 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
 13,366 (13,366)
  
10ABOVE & BEYOND
 $1,250,576
 Oct. 18
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 12,823 (12,823)