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Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

Paul McCartney performs in Chicago
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Paul McCartney performs during the Out There tour at the United Center on July 9, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after concerts in 21 cities. 

The tour began in May of last year and ran through November, ending 2013 ranked No. 16 on the Top 25 Tours list on Billboard's year-end charts. The first 2014 leg of the tour kicked off in April and covered five Latin American markets during the spring, wrapping on May 1. Concerts in Japan and South Korea were supposed to follow later in May but were cancelled when McCartney became ill. He also had to postpone seven June performances and reschedule them for October. The five concerts in this tally were all part of the group of rescheduled dates. Ultimately the U.S. trek launched on July 5 in Albany, N.Y.

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The summer run through American markets included performances in five stadiums. San Francisco's Candlestick Park was the top grosser with $7 million in sales and 53,477 sold tickets on Aug. 14. The highest sales total among the arena dates was at Chicago's United Center on July 9 with $2.5 million. The top arena gross in this week's tally, and second highest among the arenas during the summer jaunt, is $2.3 million at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The Oct. 16 sold out performance in Music City drew 14,832 fans.

Since launching in May 2013, the Out There tour has traveled through four continents during an 18-month span, grossing more than $165 million from 1,236,325 sold tickets at 46 shows reported by concert promoters and venues. After the final U.S. show at Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum at the end of October, McCartney will head to South America next month for the tour's final leg through four cities in Brazil.

Journey follows in the second slot on the Hot Tours recap with ticket sales reported from its final string of 2014 tour dates.

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From 12 concerts the occurred Aug. 24 through Sept. 13, the veteran rock band grossed more than $5.5 million from 88,548 sold tickets at arenas, outdoor amphitheaters, fair grandstands and casino showrooms. Also included in the mix is the band's final performance on the co-headlining effort with the Steve Miller Band at Chicago's First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre on Sept. 10. The original date was July 12, but the show had to be rescheduled due to hazardous weather conditions. The Journey & Steve Miller Band summer tour kicked off on May 15 and played 40 venues, primarily sheds, and grossed more than $30 million from more than half a million sold tickets.


 HOT TOURS - Oct. 22, 2014
 Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Oct. 15-21
 Total Gross
 Show Date Range
 Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
 Total Attendance (Capacity)
 Oct. 2-16
 United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas (1/1)
 Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (1/1)
 American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
 Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 69,169 (69,169)
 Aug. 24-Sept. 13
 Calvert Museum, Solomons, Md. (1/0)
 Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario (1/0)
 New York State Fair, Syracuse (1/0)
 Divots Conference Center, Norfolk, Neb. (1/1)
 Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul (1/1)
 BMO Harris Pavilion, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/0)
 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (1/0)
 Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/0)
 Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
 Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis (1/1)
 88,548 (123,206)
 Oct. 11-18
 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (1/1)
 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
 Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Fla. (2/2)
 37,360 (37,360)
 Oct. 16-18
 John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (1/0)
 Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/1)
 40,500 (42,002)
 July 7-Aug. 10
 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
 16,572 (16,827)
 Sept. 19-20
 The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (2/0)
 14,577 (17,715)
 Oct. 16-20
 Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Miss. (1/0)
 Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0)
 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/0)
 INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/0)
 19,234 (25,843)
 Oct. 14
 FedExForum, Memphis (1/1)
 11,630 (11,630)
 Oct. 7-14
 Beacon Theatre, New York (2/2)
 Chicago Theatre, Chicago (1/0)
 8,830 (8,953)
 July 20
 Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/0)
 7,811 (12,569)