Hot Tours: Take That, U2, Roger Waters

Robbie Williams and the members of TAKE THAT pose backstage at the Q Awards after a recent announcement that the former boy band will reunite for the first time in 15 years next summer.

A reunited Take That - the British boy band featuring Robbie Williams - tops Hot Tours, having stormed through the U.K., shattering gross records, including Bruce Springsteen's eight-year title as the highest grossing concert stand ever, a mark it topped twice on this tour.

Take That sold out eight concerts at Wembley Stadium June 30-July 9, with a gross of £38,094,558, according to Billboard Boxscore. The U.S. dollar equivalent of that is $61.7 million, far and away the highest gross ever reported to Billboard. Attendance was 623,737, also a record. The act also captured the second highest gross ever, with eight more sellouts at City of Manchester Stadium June 3-12 taking in £27,273,546 ($44 million U.S.) with attendance of 443,223. In total, Take That's run through the U.K. grossed $185,175,360 U.S. and drew 1,806,473 fans to 29 shows from May 27 through July 9.

Take That played multiple performances at all seven of the stadiums included in this week's Hot Tours tally, selling out all 29 concerts. The tour began with four shows at the Stadium of Light in the English city of Sunderland on May 27, followed by the Manchester run and performances in Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow and Birmingham before the London shows. The Progress Live Tour then moved on to play stadiums in a handful of other European markets during July with a final performance planned for July 29 at the Olympic Stadium in Munich.

Springsteen's stand at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. in 2003 grossed $38.6 million and drew 566,560 to 10 sellouts. The dollar amount now ranks third all-time with the Boss' attendance figure settling into the runner-up slot among all-time Boxscore reports.

Rounding out Billboard's list of the top five concert grosses on record are The Spice Girls at No. 4 with $33.8 million from 17 shows at London's O2 Arena during the winter of 2007-08, and U2 at No. 5 with $32.7 million from three concerts at São Paulo, Brazil's Estádio do Morumbi earlier this year.

U2 meanwhile claims the No. 2 spot on our weekly Hot Tours recap with reports submitted from its three-night trek through eastern Canada. The rock legends played a pair of sold out shows at Hippodome de Montreal on July 8 and 9 which preceded a full house at Toronto's retractable roof stadium Rogers Centre on July 11. The three shows grossed just over $24 million (U.S.) from an aggregate crowd of 220,886.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
May 27-July 9
Stadium of Light, Sunderland, U.K. (4/4)
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, U.K. (8/8)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, U.K. (2/2)
Croke Park, Dublin (2/2)
Hampden Park, Glasgow, U.K. (3/3)
Villa Park, Birmingham, U.K. (2/2)
Wembley Stadium, London (8/8)
1,806,473 (1,806,473)
2 U2
July 8-11
Hippodrome de Montreal (2/2)
Rogers Centre, Toronto (1/1)
220,886 (220,886)
July 1-12
Palais Omnisports Bercy, Paris (1/1)
Mediolanum Forum, Milan (2/2)
OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall, Athens (3/3)
70,399 (70,399)
July 6-17
Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
Comcast Arena, Everett, Wash. (1/1)
Rose Garden, Portland (1/0)
Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento (1/0)
Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/0)
HP Pavilion, San Jose (1/0)
NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (1/1)
Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif. (1/1)
U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix (1/0)
73,965 (76,885)
June 25
Aviva Stadium, Dublin (1/0)
28,701 (32,000)
July 12-17
Philips Arena, Atlanta (2/0)
Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)
32,271 (35,664)
July 6-9
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo. (3/3)
USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
45,081 (47,179)
July 8-16
Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/0)
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/1)
Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/1)
55,872 (57,198)
June 22-July 12
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Rexall Place, Edmonton (1/0)
22,123 (26,202)
July 17-18
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/0)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
23,897 (26,227)


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