Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor amphitheaters. With a handful of arenas and a fair date added to the mix, the bands stopped in 39 cities during the run that featured Tower of Power as opening act.

Landing on this Hot Tours report are 15 concerts from July and August that grossed more than $12.3 million from 196,354 sold seats. The tour, produced by Live Nation, ran through Aug. 2, closing with a sellout crowd of 13,583 in Irvine, Calif. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The tour’s summer schedule is over, but all three bands will reunite to play one make-up date on Sept. 10 in Chicago, a performance originally set for July 12 that had to be rescheduled due to bad weather.

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The co-headliners launched their tour on May 15 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista. Among the 39 dates on the itinerary, the top grosser was the second show of the run, the May 16 performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Sales at the Los Angeles-area amphitheater totaled $1.3 million from a packed house of 16,510 fans. The highest attendance was logged at White River Amphitheatre in the Seattle metropolitan area. The Auburn, Wash. venue hosted a sellout crowd of 18,538 for a performance on July 19. Overall box office revenue from the Journey/Steve Miller Band summer tour topped $29 million from more than half a million sold tickets. 

For the second consecutive week, Michael Bublé earns the No. 2 slot in the weekly Hot Tours ranking based on reported ticket sales from his To Be Loved tour that is set to wrap in December after an 18-month run. This week’s $3 million cumulative gross comes from the last five sold out arena dates on the tour’s final leg through the U.S. and Canada. The Aug. 3 performance at Austin's Frank Erwin Center was the last U.S. date before Bublé kicked off his Latin American run with concerts in two Mexican cities. Performances in Chile, Argentina and Brazil will follow in September.

Lionel Richie scores a Hot Tours mention, landing at No. 5 with reported sales from two Canadian venues during the homestretch of his All the Hits All Night Long tour. The veteran R&B entertainer hit the road last September and played 17 North American venues during the fall. A spring trek through Australia and New Zealand found him teaming up with Aussie legend John Farnham, and he followed that with a swing through seven Asian markets. A second leg through North America kicked off at the end of May with Cee Lo Green onboard as show opener and continued through Aug. 2. This tally includes $1.1 million in revenue from a sold out July 28 performance at Montreal’s Bell Centre and a concert at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario on July 31.

Richie was recently announced as the 2014 recipient of Legend of Live to be presented this November at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York City. Previous honorees include Sir Elton John, the Allman Brothers Band, Neil Diamond and last year’s winner, George Strait among others.

The presentation of Legend of Live and this year's touring awards will mark the culmination of the Billboard Touring Conference to be held at New York's Roosevelt Hotel on November 19-20.