Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

Myrna Suarex
Billie Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2014

Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance. Box office revenue totaled $1.3 million for the sold out performance.

His last concert at Bryce Jordan Center was on Jan. 16, 2002, during a co-headlining trek with Elton John. That performance drew a sellout crowd of 15,030, generating $1.6 million in sales. His best-attended concert was his first appearance there on Nov. 1, 1998, during the arena's third year of operation. He performed for a crowd of 15,436 on Nov. 1, 1998, grossing just over $625,000 from tickets priced at $41.

This year's Penn State concert was the first of three events Joel has scheduled this month. Next on the itinerary is the 12th sold-out performance of his monthly residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Dec. 18, and he is set to close out the year at Amway Center in Orlando on New Year's Eve.

Ranking second this week on Hot Tours is country headliner Brantley Gilbert with four concerts reported from the second leg of his Let It Ride tour.

Co-promoted by Frank Productions in Madison, Wis., and Nashville-based NS2, three of the four dates in this tally occurred during October and one was in December. The October concerts in Jackson, Miss. (Oct. 11), Des Moines, Iowa (Oct. 23), and Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 25), came during the second month of the fall trek that kicked off on Sept. 19 in Austin, Texas. The Dec. 5 show was at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. All four concerts were sellouts. The tour's 23-city fall leg wrapped for the year in Pikeville, Ky., on Dec. 6.

The Let It Ride tour began on March 27 behind the December 2013 release of "Bottoms Up," the first single from Just as I Am, Gilbert's most recent album released in May. The tour's first leg ran through July with Thomas Rhett and Eric Paslay providing support for most of the shows. The second leg included openers Aaron Lewis, Tyler Farr and Chase Bryant on select dates.

 HOT TOURS - Dec. 10, 2014
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Dec. 3-9
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1BILLY JOEL
 $1,282,297
 Dec. 5
 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. (1/1)
 12,077 (12,077)
  
2BRANTLEY GILBERT
 $993,140
 Oct. 11-Dec. 5
 Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, Miss. (1/1)
 Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 31,192 (31,192)
  
3BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND
 $778,025
 Dec. 6
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
 7,717 (7,717)
  
4JAMES TAYLOR
 $683,080
 Dec. 4
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
 6,214 (7,048)
  
5DIERKS BENTLEY
 $394,999
 Dec. 6
 Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1)
 8,574 (8,574)
  
6PRINCE ROYCE
 $357,535
 Nov. 15
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
 4,941 (5,555)
  
7SLIPKNOT
 $335,038
 Dec. 5
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
 6,908 (7,001)
  
8ANTHONY HAMILTON
 $294,485
 Dec. 6
 Fox Theatre, Atlanta (1/0)
 3,648 (4,600)
  
9BOB DYLAN
 $267,058
 Nov. 26
 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1)
 2,804 (2,804)
  
10ESPINOZA PAZ
 $209,504
 Nov. 29
 NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (1/0)
 3,429 (4,326)
  

 


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