Queen + Adam Lambert Lead Hot Tours Recap With Australian Shows

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Adam Lambert and Brian May perform with Queen at Qudos Bank Arena on Feb. 21, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  

With two performances at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Queen + Adam Lambert earns the top ranking on the latest weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with a $3.3 million gross. The band played the arena on Feb. 21 and 22, the second stop on a trek through Australia and New Zealand that recently wrapped on March 6. Produced by Melbourne-based promoter TEG Dainty, the Oceania leg of the group’s 2017-2018 tour covered six markets beginning with Auckland on Feb. 17 followed by the Sydney shows and dates in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

The iconic band launched its tour last summer in North America, kicking off in Phoenix on June 23. The 25-city run continued through early August and grossed $30 million from more than 300,000 sold tickets at 26 concerts, according to sales figures reported by promoter Live Nation. A European leg through 23 cities followed in November and December, and Queen will return to the continent for a second leg this summer before its finale in Dublin on July 8.

The Hot Tours tally includes several other artists with appearances in Australian markets in recent weeks. Robbie Williams follows at No. 2 in the rankings with his own two-night stint at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The English pop star performed for 21,686 fans, logging more than $2.6 million in sales at the venue on Feb. 28 and March 1 during the Aussie leg of his Heavy Entertainment Show tour. Fall Out Boy lands at No 7 based on a March 2 performance at the Sydney arena attended by a crowd of 11,264.

Two other Sydney venues also impact this recap of Hot Tours beginning with Hordern Pavilion that hosted Macklemore, ranked fourth based on a three-show gross of $1.1 million. The Seattle-born artist performed at the arena during February as part of his Gemini trek. Finally, an orchestral tour – Star Wars: A New Hope – Live In Concert – takes the No. 6 slot on the recap with two performances at the ICC Theatre in Sydney on Feb. 16 and 17.

 HOT TOURS - MARCH 6, 2018
 Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 27-March 5
  
RankACT
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
  
1QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT
 $3,357,960
 Feb. 21-22
 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (2/0)
 24,791 (25,708)
  
2ROBBIE WILLIAMS
 $2,678,930
 Feb. 28-March 1
 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (2/0)
 21,686 (23,510)
  
3BLAKE SHELTON
 $1,181,966
 March 2
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
 13,602 (13,602)
  
4MACKLEMORE
 $1,173,970
 Feb. 3-11
 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (3/3)
 16,472 (16,472)
  
5LUKE BRYAN
 $1,091,803
 Feb. 23
 Atlantic City (N.J.) Boardwalk Hall (1/1)
 12,620 (12,620)
  
6STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE - LIVE IN CONCERT
 $926,076
 Feb. 16-17
 ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney (2/0)
 11,406 (13,712)
  
7FALL OUT BOY
 $870,800
 March 2
 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (1/0)
 11,264 (11,904)
  
8LITTLE BIG TOWN
 $839,467
 Feb. 23-March 3
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
 The Anthem, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
 11,287 (11,514)
  
9WIDESPREAD PANIC
 $771,746
 Feb. 16-17
 Birmingham (Ala.) Jefferson Convention Complex (2/2)
 12,564 (12,564)
  
10JAMIROQUAI
 $692,306
 Jan. 11
 Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0)
 10,181 (13,000)