Rod Stewart's Hits Tour Is Doing Big Business in Europe

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Rod Stewart performs at the Nottingham Motorpoint Arena on June 23, 2016.

Currently on the road with his Hits Tour, Rod Stewart is nearing the end of his eight-week trek through 11 European countries that wraps in July. Among the concerts reported to the latest Billboard Boxscore tally (see list, below) are sold-out shows at four venues in Europe on his early summer jaunt -- performances at arenas in both Sweden and Poland in May as well as concerts in two English stadiums during June.

Gross sales from all four events totaled $6.7 million, earning the tour a slot among the 10 top-grossing tours of the week, based on reported Boxscores. Stewart ranks second to only Bruce Springsteen, who slotted higher due to ticket sales totaling $14.9 million from two stadium dates on his River Tour, also in the middle of a European run.

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Stewart played two concerts in Sweden: one at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on May 25 and one the following evening at Malmö Arena, a hockey venue that is the second-largest indoor arena in Sweden -- behind the Globe. The Malmö venue welcomed the veteran British rocker with a sellout crowd of 9,675. Two days later, the tour made its only stop in Poland at the Atlas Arena in the city of Lódź with a crowd of 10,478 in attendance.

The June stadium dates were held in the English cities of Plymouth and Southampton. Stewart performed at Plymouth’s Home Park Stadium, home of the Plymouth Argyle football club, on June 7 with a capacity crowd of 17,528. Finally, on June 10 at Ageas Bowl, formerly known as the Rose Bowl, a cricket ground in the Southampton area, the tour logged the largest sold ticket count among the four venues: 26,213.

The Hits Tour kicked off May 14 at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome and will continue through July 9, wrapping with an appearance at the Cap Roig Festival staged at an outdoor site on the Mediterranean Sea near Calella, Spain.

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Also scoring among the week’s top 10 tours is country star Keith Urban’s Ripcord World Tour, which took in more than $3.4 million from its first seven outdoor amphitheaters on a summer trek through North American markets. The tour is booked primarily in sheds through the end of August, but will begin a run of arena dates during the fall, kicking off in Vancouver on September 10.

The North American leg of the tour will visit a total of 56 venues through Nov. 19, ending in the New York City metropolitan arena with a performance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. An Australian leg of the Ripcord Tour will follow in December, with Carrie Underwood joining the show.

 HOT TOURS - JUNE 28, 2016
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported May June 21-27
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 June 22-27
 Telia Parken, Copenhagen (1/1)
 Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, Sweden (2/2)
 174,912 (174,912)
 May 26-June 10
 Malmö Arena, Malmö, Sweden (1/1)
 Atlas Arena, Lódz, Poland (1/1)
 Plymouth Argyle Home Park Stadium, Plymouth, U.K. (1/1)
 Ageas Bowl, Southampton, U.K. (1/1)
 63,894 (63,894)
 June 18
 Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
 41,342 (41,342)
 June 16-24
 Darling's Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (1/0)
 XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
 BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J. (1/0)
 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto (2/0)
 Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa. (1/0)
 73,374 (107,278)
 May 4-5
 Target Center, Minneapolis (2/2)
 28,048 (28,048)
 June 2-18
 Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, Kan. (1/0)
 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/0)
 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/0)
 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, Ga. (1/0)
 Amphitheater at the Whart, Orange Beach, Ala. (1/1)
 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
 Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/0)
 85,620 (122,386)
 June 4-26
 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/0)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
 Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/0)
 26,709 (36,585)
 June 22-25
 Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/1)
 BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
 CenturyLink Center, Bossier Cityt, La. (1/0)
 19,845 (20,296)
 June 7-14
 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
 Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
 22,651 (22,651)
 April 14
 Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/1)
 14,045 (14,045)