Muse Leads New Hot Tours List as Drones Trek Continues Brisk Business

Danny Clinch

Muse scores the top-ranked appearance on the weekly Hot Tours recap (see list, below) with $2.8 million in sales reported from a two-night engagement in Zürich during the ongoing Drones World Tour, now in its homestretch. With sellout crowds in attendance on May 11 and 12, the English rockers drew 26,000 fans to the Swiss city’s 14,000-seat Hallenstadion arena.

The band spent much of last year on the road in support of its June 2015 release Drones, beginning in late May with a two-month stint playing festivals in Europe. An Asian leg in September and a South American trek the following month led into a string of U.S. and Canadian dates during the remainder of 2015 through February of this year. The tour’s final leg through European markets is set to wrap on August 20 after a 25-week run.

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London-based Above & Beyond follows in the second slot on the tally based on box office revenue from theater dates in Chicago and New York City, two U.S. markets on the EDM trio’s new tour that began on May 5. The group played multiple shows at both the Chicago Theatre (May 11-12) and New York’s Beacon Theatre (May 20-22), touring ahead of their latest release Acoustic II, due June 3. Chicago fans numbered 6,839 for both sold-out shows, and the New York venue logged an attendance count of 8,034 for the three-night stint.

James Taylor is No. 3 this week with two sold-out concerts reported from his current North American tour that launched in April. A May 28 event at Toledo, Ohio’s Huntington Center along with a performance the following evening at the Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center add just over $1 million to the tour’s overall box-office take of $5.8 million from 12 reported shows.

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Along with seven U.S. dates produced by New Orleans-based concert promoter Beaver Productions, the five-time Grammy winner also completed a five-city swing through Canada produced by Live Nation earlier in May.

Upcoming appearances from his summer tour will include his debut performance at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 30 with Jackson Browne providing support. Then on Aug. 3 the pair will also play Boston’s Fenway Park, a return engagement for Taylor who headlined at the famed ballpark last summer with Bonnie Raitt joining him on the bill.

 HOT TOURS - MAY 31, 2016
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported May 24-30
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 May 11-12
 Hallenstadion, Zürich (2/2)
 26,000 (26,000)
 May 11-22
 Chicago Theatre, Chicago (2/2)
 Beacon Theatre, New York (3/3)
 14,873 (14,873)
 May 28-29
 Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1)
 Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill. (1/1)
 14,036 (14,036)
 May 20-21
 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (2/2)
 17,074 (17,074)
 May 21-26
 Citi Wang Theatre, Boston (1/0)
 Beacon Theatre, New York (2/2)
 8,549 (9,027)
 April 17
 Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/1)
 9,500 (9,500)
 May 25
 FedExForum, Memphis (1/0)
 7,468 (8,350)
 May 23
 Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/0)
 7,948 (8,635)
 April 4
 Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0)
 6,532 (13,000)
 May 3
 Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0)
 5,053 (6,398)