Dead & Company, Drake, Marc Anthony Top New Hot Tours Numbers

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Dead & Company backstage at Folsom Field on July 3, 2016. (Left to Right): Howard Cohen (813 Management), Matt Busch, Kraig Fox (Bob Weir Management), Kris Tanner (ROAR), Bernie Cahill (ROAR), Don Strasburg (AEG), Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Oteil Burbridge, Lance Carl (UC Boulder), Brent Fedrizzi (AEG), Cory Hilliard (UC Boulder), John Mayer, and Jeff Chimenti

Heading up the latest Hot Tours tally (see list below) is Dead & Company, landing at No. 1 based on $6 million in ticket sales earned at two late-June dates on the super group’s 20-city summer tour.

With original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann joined by John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, the band’s summer run spanned seven weeks, kicking off in June and wrapping at the end of July.

Highlighted in this recap are performances at two venues during the summer run, starting with a two-night stint during the last weekend of June at Citi Field in New York City. Box-office revenue reached $5.1 million at the major-league ballpark, with the number of fans during the two-day event topping out at 49,745.

Also reported this week is a June 28 amphitheater date in Hartford, Conn., that followed the New York shows. With a crowd of 16,419, the Xfinity Theatre logged ticket sales totaling $865,725.

Dead & Company formed in August 2015 following the Grateful Dead-branded Fare Thee Well concerts at two stadiums earlier last summer with all four living original members (including Phil Lesh) along with Phish’s Trey Anastasio.

The new band, with John Mayer onboard, hit the road in October and continued touring through the end of 2015. This year’s summer trek was announced in February.

Also earning a Hot Tours ranking (No. 4) with a stadium performance is James Taylor, who performed for the first time at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on June 30. The veteran singer/songwriter drew a crowd of 39,441 to the famed ballpark, racking up $3.9 million in ticket sales.

A 2000 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Taylor has been touring this year behind the 2015 release of Before This World, his first album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart during his five-decade career. Since hitting the road on April 13 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas, he has grossed $21.5 million from 268,027 sold seats at 39 shows in North American venues, based on reported Boxscores.

Marc Anthony is third in the weekly touring recap, with a $4.2 million box-office take from five sold-out concerts at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, his first headlining stint ever at the famed performance hall. The engagement, dubbed The Private Collection, featured the Latin star’s hits throughout his career. It ran Aug. 26-28 and Sept. 2-3, and was attended by 28,424 fans.

Former wife Jennifer Lopez made an onstage appearance during the Aug. 27 concert to perform with Anthony. The pair sang their No. 1 Hot Latin Songs duet “No Me Ames,” which spent seven weeks atop the list in 1999.

Anthony remains on tour and is currently booked in U.S. arenas and theaters during the fall. He will close out his year on the road Dec. 9 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 6-12
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 June 25-28
 Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. (2/0)
 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn. (1/0)
 66,164 (87,398)
 Sept. 7-10
 Staples Center, Los Angeles (3/0)
 40,155 (40,227)
 Aug. 26-Sept. 3
 Radio City Music Hall, New York (5/5)
 28,424 (28,424)
 June 30
 Wrigley Field, Chicago (1/0)
 39,441 (40,624)
 Sept. 3
 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt (1/1)
 31,718 (31,718)
 June 30-July 1
 Forest Hills Stadium, New York (2/2)
 24,601 (24,601)
 June 28-29
 Manchester Arena, Manchester, U.K. (2/0)
 24,784 (26,174)
 Aug. 26-27
 Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pa. (1/1)
 Trump Taj Mahal, Mark Etess Arena, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
 6,315 (6,315)
 Sept. 3-9
 DCU Center, Worcester, Mass. (1/0)
 Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine (1/0)
 Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn. (1/0)
 Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va. (1/0)
 22,212 (29,261)
 Sept. 4
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 13,922 (13,922)