Hot Tours: U2, Rush, Kenny Chesney

Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 performing live

U2 takes the No. 1 position on the weekly Hot Tours tally for the fifth time this year with $34.8 million in ticket sales totals reported from five North American dates on the 360° Tour. With sold out concerts at stadiums in Seattle, Oakland, Anaheim, Baltimore and East Lansing, Mich., the total number of tickets sold in the five markets was 378,604. A two-night gross total of $10.7 million at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (June 17-18) marked the 21st time the band has topped $10 million in ticket sales at a single venue since the tour began in the summer of 2009.

With $12 million in box office grosses reported from 16 performances on the Time Machine Tour, veteran Canadian band Rush lands in the No. 2 position on this week's rankings. The totals reported during the past week are from North American dates in April and June as well as three concerts from European markets during May. The top gross among the North American shows came from the Los Angeles market with $1,289,447 in ticket sales from two concerts at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City (June 20 & 22). The highest-grossing European venue was London's O2 Arena with £756,910 in ticket sales from a May 25th performance. Top numbers from the band's home country came from the Bell Centre in Montreal, grossing just over $1 million (US$) from a packed house on April 20.

Kenny Chesney's Goin' Coastal Tour ranks third on our weekly recap with $8.6 million in tickets sales totals reported from outdoor performances in four U.S. markets. On June 18, the country star drew a sellout crowd of 54,166 to Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, the fifth NFL football stadium on this year's tour schedule. This week's counts also include totals from the second soccer stadium on his 2011 itinerary, the 20,000-seat Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium. The June 25 concert grossed over $1.4 million with just over 20,000 in attendance at the Major League Soccer venue. Amphitheater performances included in this week's report were at Blossom Music Center in the Cleveland market on June 23 and the following evening at Verizon Wireless Music Center in Indianapolis.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 U2
June 4-26
Qwest Field, Seattle (1/1) Coliseum, Oakland (1/1)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2/2)
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore (1/1)
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich. (1/1)
378,604 (378,604)
April 12-June 22
United Center, Chicago (1/0)
Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/0)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1)
Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore (1/1)
O2, Dublin (1/0)
Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, U.K. (1/0)
O2 Arena, London (1/0)
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans (1/1)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/1)
Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas (1/1)
U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix (1/0)
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)
Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, Calif. (2/0)
152,085 (158,426)
June 18-25
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia (1/1)
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/1)
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
118,513 (124,969)
June 16-26
Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (3/0)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (4/4)
80,396 (82,901)
April 30-June 4
Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va. (1/0)
Hammerstein Ballroom, New York (3/0)
Hard Rock Live, Orlando (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Theater, Houston (1/0)
Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/0)
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (1/0)
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (1/0)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (2/0)
47,030 (61,601)
June 7-19
Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas (1/1)
AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/1)
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (1/1)
Red Rock Casino Amphitheatre, Las Vegas (1/1)
USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (1/1)
54,532 (54,532)
June 18-26
Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va. (1/1)
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (1/0)
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/1)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/1)
82,288 (87,913)
April 26-29
Acer Arena, Sydney (1/0)
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (1/0))
21,375 (22,999)
June 26-27
Acer Arena, Sydney (2/2)
26,839 (26,839)
June 21-25
JQH Arena, Springfield, Mo. (1/1)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/0)
i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/0)
AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, Minn. (1/1)
27,049 (27,719)