Latin Music Week

Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Rod Stewart

Bon Jovi is back in a familiar spot, the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Hot Tours rankings, thanks to box office grosses from the final North American concerts on the Live 2011 Tour that began in February. The 12 concerts reported during the past week were all sellouts, occurring from May 3rd through the 22nd. The first two shows were in Canadian markets, Ottawa and Montreal, and the remaining 10 dates were at U.S. arenas. With $17.6 million from the May concerts added to prior ticket sales, the 2011 tour has grossed almost $57 million from the 34 performances that have been reported. With the tour's North American leg in the books, Bon Jovi is now on the road in Europe with dates scheduled through the end of July.

Taylor Swift ranks second on the Hot Tours tally with the first totals reported from the North American leg of her Speak Now World Tour. With grosses totaling $10.2 million from nine performances, the total number of tickets purchased from these sold out concerts was 152,537. Swift played two consecutive nights in two of the markets, Omaha (May 27-28) and Ft. Lauderdale (June 2-3), and performed at the first North American stadium on her 2011 schedule, Ford Field in Detroit. The sold out concert on June 11 grossed $3.4 million with 47,992 fans in attendance at the home stadium of the NFL's Detroit Lions. The country artist performed at her first NFL venue, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., last year during the Fearless Tour. The June 5, 2010 concert drew 56,868 fans to the home stadium of the New England Patriots. This year she returns to the home of the New England Patriots for two nights, June 25th and 26th.

Stadium performances also give veteran rocker Rod Stewart and country star Kenny Chesney a spot on this week's Top 10 compilation of Hot Tours. Stewart ranks No. 3 with £4.2 million in box office grosses from sold out
performances at four U.K. soccer stadiums on his summer tour schedule. Chesney lands at No. 4 with concerts at a soccer stadium in the Chicago area and an NFL football stadium, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
May 3-22
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa (1/1)
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Amway Center, Orlando (1/1)
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
FedExForum, Memphis (1/1)
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
197,405 (197,405)
May 27-June 11
Qwest Center, Omaha (2/2)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (2/2)
Amway Center, Orlando (1/1)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/1)
Ford Field, Detroit (1/1)
152,537 (152,537)
May 27-June 11
Liberty Stadium, Swansea, U.K. (1/1)
Elland Road, Leeds, U.K. (1/1)
Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, U.K. (1/1)
Carrow Road, Norwich, U.K. (1/1)
62,312 (62,312)
June 9-11
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. (1/0)
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis. (1/1)
68,103 (71,511)
April 29-June 11
Agganis Arena, Boston (1/0)
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney (3/0)
29,383 (33,749)
May 28-June 3
Cabanga Iate Clube, Recife, Brazil (1/0)
Gigantinho, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/1)
Stage Music Park, Florianópolis, Brazil (1/0)
25,055 (30,755)
May 17
Estadio Fútbal Universidad Simón Bolivar, Caracas (1/0)
5,087 (6,200)
June 16-18
Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/0)
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/1)
58,577 (61,457)
June 1-8
Fox Theater, Oakland (2/2)
Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif. (2/2)
12,937 (12,937)
June 17-18
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (1/0)
Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y. (1/1)
15,182 (15,704)