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David Gilmour Rattles South America With Hot Tour

David Gilmour 2015
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David Gilmour performs at the Royal Albert Hall on Sept. 23, 2015 in London, England.

Veteran rocker David Gilmour heads up the weekly slate of top-grossing Hot Tours with $25.7 million in ticket sales revenue from the South American leg of his 2015-2016 world tour. The Pink Floyd alum is on the road in support of his latest album Rattle That Lock, which was released in September.

The tour’s South American run through five markets kicked off in December in Brazil, opening with a two-night stint at Sao Paulo’s Allianz Parque in front of more than 84,000 fans in attendance for performances on Dec. 11 and 12. Sales for both performances topped the $8 million mark.

Two more Brazilian cities hosted the English guitarist before the tour left the country. Gilmour performed in Curitiba on Dec. 14 and two nights later in Porto Alegre. An appearance in Argentina followed on Dec. 18, a stadium event at the Hipodromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires with a sellout crowd of 65,136. The final date on the South American trek promoted by Mercury Concerts was a Dec. 20 performance at the National Stadium of Chile in Santiago. The sold out show grossed $4.9 million from 46,509 sold seats.

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The Rattle That Lock tour began in September with a seven-city swing through Europe that continued through Oct. 18. It is set to resume in March with concerts booked in four major North American markets through mid-April.

Three artists earn a Hot Tours ranking this week based on box-office sales from performances on New Year’s Eve. Heading up that list is Billy Joel at No. 3 with a $2.2 million take from his concert at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., near Ft. Lauderdale. The sold-out performance drew 18,047 fans. This is Joel’s third consecutive year with a sold out arena performance to wrap the year. In 2013, he played Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with a crowd of 16,470, grossing $2.8 million. On Dec. 31, 2014 he performed at Orlando’s Amway Center with 15,752 fans in attendance and $1.7 million in sales.

Ranking sixth on the tally, DJ/record producer Bassnectar grossed $1.1 million from a sellout on New Year’s Eve in Birmingham, Ala. The native Californian drew 17,551 fans to the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex to ring in 2016. Joining him on the bill was the Glitch Mob, Paper Diamond and Psymbionic.

Finally, comedian Kevin Hart played on New Year’s Eve in Atlantic City, N.J. at the Boardwalk Hall. His What Now? tour takes the No. 7 ranking with $1.1 million in sales from a crowd of 10,334.

 HOT TOURS - JAN. 5, 2016
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Dec. 29-Jan. 4
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 Dec. 11-20
 Allianz Parque, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2/0)
 Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba, Brazil (1/1)
 Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/0)
 Hipodromo de San Isidro, Buenos Aires (1/1)
 Estadio Nacional, Santiago (1/1)
 257,145 (272,698)
 Nov. 10-18
 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, U.K. (5/0)
 57,779 (58,049)
 Dec. 31
 BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
 18,047 (18047)
 Nov. 25-Dec. 6
 Santander Arena, Reading, Pa. (2/0)
 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif. (2/0)
 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (2/0)
 38,443 (45,742)
 Dec. 1-2
 Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)
 American Airlinesw Center, Dallas (1/0)
 17,406 (22,387)
 Dec. 31
 Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
 17,551 (17,551)
 Dec. 31
 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
 10,334 (10,772)
 Dec. 5
 SSE Hydro, Glasgow, U.K. (1/0)
 10,336 (11,109)
 Dec. 26-27
 Microsoft  Theater, Los Angeles (2/0)
 10,700 (13,764)
 Dec. 11
 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
 10,165 (10,165)