Hot Tours: Metallica, Eagles, Eminem & Jay-Z


Legendary heavy metal band Metallica takes the top spot on Hot Tours as nears the end of its World Magnetic Tour that began just over two years ago. The act earns its No. 1 ranking with more than $15 million in box office grosses reported from three of the arenas on the last leg of the tour, produced in Australia by local concert promoter Michael Coppel Presents. $7.8 million arrives from Acer Arena in Sydney where 57,339 fans filled the venue for three sold out performances on Nov. 10, 11 & 13. Two other venues are included in this week's tally, both with two-show engagements. Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand hosted the tour for shows on Oct. 13-14, selling 23,756 tickets, and Burswood Dome in Perth, Australia drew a crowd of 41,943 for two concerts on Oct. 22-23. The final performance on the tour will be in Melbourne on Nov. 21.

The Eagles rank second on the Hot Tours tally following a busy month of touring during October. The band played shows at 11 arenas as well as an outdoor concert at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Oct. 15. Among the arenas on the Eagles' fall tour, the top gross and attendance come from a sold out performance on Oct. 16 at the KFC Yum! Center, the new 22,000-seat arena in downtown Louisville, Ky. The Eagles concert, grossing $1.7 million with 15,232 tickets sold, was the first one held in the new facility that officially opened just six days earlier. Another new venue on the band's October itinerary was the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh that opened in August. The band performed on Oct. 19, joining Paul McCartney, Rush, Roger Waters and George Strait & Reba as major concert artists who have played the new venue in its first three months of operation. The Eagles plan to close out the year down under with December dates at Australian arenas in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Oct. 13-Nov. 13
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (2/0)
Burswood Dome, Perth, Australia (2/0)
Acer Arena, Sydney (3/3)
123,038 (126,378)
Oct. 1-29
Reno Events Center, Reno, Nev. (1/1)
Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/0)
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind. (1/0)
Piedmont Park, Atlanta (1/0)
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (1/1)
Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1)
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. (1/0)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
Amway Arena, Orlando (1/1)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/0)
United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas (1/1)
144,001 (158,278)
Sept. 2-3
Comerica Park, Detroit (2/2)
86,624 (86,624)
Aug. 29-Nov. 12
DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (1/0)
Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pa. (1/0)
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth, Minn. (1/1)
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto (1/0)
WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Okla. (1/1)
Eisenhower Theatre, West Point, N.Y. (1/1)
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
90,609 (100,733)
Oct. 6-23
The Plenary, Melbourne (2/0)
Sydney Opera House, Sydney (2/0)
TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand (1/0)
Church Road Winery, Napier, New Zealand (1/0)
Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (1/0)
CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand (1/0)
Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley, Australia (1/0)
35,671 (69,842)
Nov. 12-13
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/0)
21,834 (22,268)
Nov. 4-8
O2 Arena, London (5/0)
58,910 (59,500)
Nov. 7-9
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (3/2)
21,815 (22,587)
Oct. 29-31
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (3/3)
42,240 (42,240)
Oct. 11-Nov. 2
Radio City Music Hall, New York (2/0)
Fox Theatre, Detroit (1/0)
Chicago Theatre, Chicago (1/1)
O2 Arena, London (1/1)
26,870 (27,785)