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Roger Waters Earns $30 Million at South America Concerts

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Roger Waters performs at Maracana during a tour in Brazil on Oct. 24, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Roger Waters tops the Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Dec. 15 with the reports for his two shows at Estadio Unico Ciudad de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, Waters earned $5.3 million and sold 80,693 tickets on Nov. 6 and 10, 2018.

Combined with earlier reports from Brazil that hit our Nov. 10 chart, the South American leg of the Us + Them tour has grossed $29.6 million across 10 shows, with Waters playing to 416,759 fans. These stadium shows were promoted by T4F–Time for Fun.

While the $5.3 million gross in Argentina is enough to top the latest Hot Tours tally and current Boxscore, Waters’ largest engagement in South America this year was the leg’s first outing, a two-night stint at Allianz Parque in Sao Paolo, Brazil. On Oct. 9-10, the Pink Floyd co-founder grossed $6.5 million. Narrowly, the Sao Paolo shows also are the top-attended South American engagement, having moved 81,545 tickets, a difference of only 852 beyond the recent Buenos Aires dates.

Not only is Waters’ engagement in Sao Paolo the biggest of the South American leg so far ($6.5 million gross, 81,545 tickets sold), it prevails as the highest-earning report of the entire Us + Them Tour, eclipsing the $5.6 gross at the Staples Center over three nights between June 20-27, 2017.

Waters began the trek on May 26, 2017, at Kansas City’s Sprint Center and played throughout North America for much of that year, ultimately raking in $92.7 million. Since then, he has traveled throughout Oceania and Europe before arriving in Sao Paolo in October. With the tour’s final reports still to be submitted, the tour has grossed $142.6 million, globally. 

See below for the full Hot Tours tally, including appearances by Ozuna, David Byrne, and Andre Rieu.

 HOT TOURS - DEC. 15, 2018
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Dec. 4 - 10
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
1Roger Waters
 Nov. 6 - 10
 Estadio Unico Ciudad de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1/2)
 80,693 (89,252)
2Sam Smith
 Nov. 2 - 11
 Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (2/2)
 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia (2/2)
 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2/2)
 64,904 (64,904)
3Elton John
 Nov. 30 - Dec. 1
 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga. (2/2)
 24,920 (24,920)
 Nov. 24 - 25
 Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. (0/1)
 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, Calif. (0/1)
 20,113 (24,318)
5David Byrne
 Nov. 13 - 25
 TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand (1/1)
 Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand (0/1)
 Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (0/1)
 Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia (1/1)
 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Australia (1/1)
 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia (0/1)
 23,185 (24,581)
6Andre Rieu
 Nov. 17
 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia (1/1)
 11,295 (11,295)
7Def Leppard
 Nov. 8
 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia (1/1)
 12,837 (12,837)
8Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
 Nov. 21
 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
 11,477 (11,477)
9Dave Matthews Band
 Dec. 2
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
 7,842 (7,842)
10Anuel AA
 Nov. 30 - Dec. 1
 Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. (1/1)
 The Stampede, Denver, Colo. (1/1)
 7,814 (7,814)