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Tool Returns to Hot Tours With $150M Career Gross

Maynard Keenan of Tool
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Maynard Keenan of Tool performs onstage during the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 3 at Randall's Island on June 4, 2017 in New York City.  

A slew of artists are back on the road, impacting the Hot Tours recap for the first time in 2019 with North American tours. Among the most elusive bands in rock, Tool returns to the tally dated June 8, 2019, at No. 4. From three early reports on their 2019 tour, they earned $3.4 million and sold 39,397 tickets, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

They surpassed $1 million in grosses on all three reported concerts, pulling in $1.2 million at Kansas City’s Sprint Center and $1.1 million at both Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center and the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. These new figures push Tool’s career total gross past the $150 million mark, totaling $151.6 million.

Tool is prepping the release of a new studio album, due out Aug. 30. It will mark the band's first album in more than a decade, since 2006's 10,000 Days

Immediately following Tool on Hot Tours, Nicky Jam lands at No. 5 on the latest ranking with $2.9 million and 31,641 tickets sold. Including a couple of previous reports, the Puerto Rican artist has grossed $3.8 million since launching the Intimo Tour on April 11 at the Chicago-area Rosemont Theatre.

The tour’s highlight so far was a May 5 performance at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., where Nicky grossed $580,000 and sold 6,488 tickets, making it the second-highest-grossing single-night engagement of his career. He also achieved new highs across the U.S., setting personal records in Seattle ($399,000), Boston ($342,000) and San Francisco ($275,000).

Next on the tally is Chris Young, at No. 6 with $2.7 million, fueled by the first 10 shows of the Raised on Country Tour. After kicking off the trek with four shows in the U.K., Young traveled west for North American amphitheater shows, including gigs at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C., the Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Ga., and Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. The Bristow performance set a high mark for the tour in terms of attendance, with 14,504 tickets sold, but he narrowly out-grossed that show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., with $440,000.

Atop the latest Hot Tours recap are three familiar faces continuing their 2019 stints, as Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran and Pink respectively rank at Nos. 1-2-3. See below for the full list.


 HOT TOURS - MAY 4, 2019
 Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported April 23 - 29
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
1Billy Joel
 May 24
 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa. (1/1)
 40,969 (40,969)
2Ed Sheeran
 May 3
 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia (0/1)
 48,959 (52,060)
 May 17 - 18
 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec (0/2)
 32,780 (33,222)
 May 8 - 14
 KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
 Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. (1/1)
 Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
 39,397 (39,397)
5Nicky Jam
 April 11 - May 18
 Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, Ill. (0/1)
 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, Calif. (0/1)
 WaMu Theater, Seattle, Wash. (0/1)
 Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (0/1)
 Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, Texas (0/1)
 The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas (0/1)
 EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va. (0/1)
 United Palace, New York, N.Y. (0/2)
 American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla. (0/1)
 31,641 (49,368)
6Chris Young
 May 5 - 26
 Academy, Manchester, England (1/1)
 O2 Academy, Glasgow, Scotland (0/1)
 O2 Academy, Birmingham, England (0/1)
 Eventim Apollo, London (0/1)
 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, Alpharetta, Ga. (0/1)
 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C. (0/1)
 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (0/1)
 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (0/1)
 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (0/1)
 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (0/1)
 76,738 (125,938)
7Paul McCartney
 May 23
 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La. (1/1)
 14,789 (14,789)
8Rod Stewart
 May 3 - 7
 Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (0/1)
 Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany (0/1)
 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland (0/1)
 25,580 (27,192)
9The Who
 May 13
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 13,607 (13,607)
10Andre Rieu
 May 22 - 25
 Stark Arena, Belgrad, Serbia (1/1)
 Dvorana Stozice, Ljubilana, Solvenia (0/1)
 Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria (0/1)
 26,090 (27,540)