Hot Tours: U2, Taylor Swift, Ruben Blades

U2 Set to Wrap Biggest Concert Tour Ever
Wes Orshoski

U2 performs at Giants Stadium, September 23, 2009.

U2 and its "360 Tour" tops the Hot Tours ranking for a fifth week during it's worldwide run, grossing over 22 million from four sold out shows reported by Live Nation. U2's top concert during the most recent reporting week is a sellout at FedExField in Landover, Md. The stadium is home to the NFL's Washington Redskins but has also hosted some major players as a concert venue. The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney, Metallica and George Strait have all performed there, but the recent U2 concert tops them all at the box office. U2's "360 Tour" played the stadium on Sept. 29 to a sellout crowd of 84,754 grossing $6.7 million. The next highest box office gross at FedExField based on reported totals is the Oct. 4, 2002 stop on The Rolling Stones' "Forty Licks Tour" which earned $4.3 million. Springsteen follows with $3.3 million in ticket sales on Sept. 13, 2003 during "The Rising Tour." The Stones also sold out the stadium during their "Bridges To Babylon Tour" and grossed $3.1 million on Oct. 23, 1997 when the venue was named Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. Kenny Chesney played to a sellout crowd on June 4, 2005 grossing $2.9 million, Metallica's "Summer Sanitarium Tour" brought in $1.9 million on July 18, 2003 and George Strait grossed $1.7 million on June 4, 2000 with his "Country Music Festival Tour".

Award-winning country singer Taylor Swift has completed the 2009 leg of the "Fearless Tour" which kicked off in April in support of her most recent album released last November. Twenty-four shows occurring from July through October were reported by promoter AEG Live during the past week placing the singer in the No. 2 spot on the Hot Tours rankings. With a total of 42 shows reported, the tour has grossed over $23 million with sellouts in all markets. Swift will continue the "Fearless Tour" in 2010 with additional dates scheduled in North America.

Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Sept. 29-Oct. 6
FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (1/1)
Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va. (1/1)
Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)
Georgia Dome, Atlanta (1/1)
253,633 (253,633)
July 17-Oct. 11
Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W. Va. (1/1)
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, S.D. (1/1)
Qwest Center, Omaha (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. (1/1)
Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. (1/1)
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte (1/1)
The Cajundome, Lafayette, La. (1/1)
CenturyTel Center, Bossier City, La. (1/1)
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
Sommet Center, Nashville (1/1)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh (1/1)
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1)
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (1/1)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (2/2)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/1)
290,173 (290,173)
Aug. 21-22
Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (2/0)
25,985 (27,151)
Sept. 8-Oct. 10
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. (1/1)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (1/1)
23,982 (23,982)
Oct. 6-10
Louisville Palace, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
Ford Center, Oklahoma City (1/1)
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Concert Hall, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
12,598 (12,598)
Sept. 17-18
Radio City Music Hall, New York (2/1)
11,672 (11,920)
Oct. 8-11
Chicago Theatre, Chicago (4/3)
12,489 (14,111)
Sept. 29
Chicago Theatre, Chicago (1/1)
3,547 (3,547)
Sept. 3-24
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. (1/0)
State Theatre, Minneapolis (1/0)
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles (1/0)
7,518 (11,471)
Sept. 5
Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (1/0)
6,676 (6,855)