Hot Tours: André Rieu, Heart, Justin Bieber

Hot Tours: André Rieu, Heart, Justin Bieber

Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the Hot Tours list this week largely due to eight concerts he performed during July in the Vrijthof, the main square in Maastricht, the city where he lives in the Netherlands. The concerts, staged outdoors in the city square, drew a total of 59,032 people for all eight performances (July 9-13, 16-18) grossing more than €4 million ($5.1 million US). This year marks the fifth consecutive summer Rieu has performed multiple open-air concerts in his hometown.

Veteran rock band Heart, with a brand new album at retail titled Red Velvet Car, has been touring steadily throughout North America since the beginning of the year. Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band have been on the road since January playing a variety of venues including casinos, arenas, amphitheaters and auditoriums. Box office totals reported during the past week give the band the No. 2 ranking on this week's Hot Tours tally.

With $3 million in box office grosses from five shows reported by promoter AEG Live, Justin Bieber makes his 7th appearance on the Hot Tours chart since the My World Tour began in June. This week's totals place him at No. 3 and include ticket counts from his sold out concert in Madison Square Garden on Aug. 31. Attendance at the New York City arena was 14,529. The Canadian pop star kicked off September with shows at four fairs beginning with the New York State Fair in Syracuse on Sept. 1. The show was a sellout with 16,787 fans in the grandstand.

Pop superstar Lady Gaga charts at No. 4 this week based on a $2.7 million gross from one venue, Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The arena hosted the Monster Ball Tour for two nights (Aug. 26-27). With a packed house for both performances, the number of sold tickets was 28,282. Rounding out the five top-grossing tours of the week are George Strait and Reba who land at No. 5 with two reported shows from the fall leg of their co-headlining tour. Included is a Sept. 9 performance at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio as well as a sold out show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 11 with 14,240 fans in attendance.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
June 27-July 18
Fox Theatre, Detroit (1/0)
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/0)
Vrijthof, Maastricht, Netherlands (8/0)
66,401 (76,836)
July 20-Sept. 5
Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay, Ontario (1/0)
Mattawa Voyageur Days, Mattawa, Ontario (1/0)
Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario (1/0)
Bank of America Pavilion, Boston (1/0)
Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, Gilford, N.H. (1/0)
MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Conn. (1/0)
Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore (1/0)
Hammerstein Ballroom, New York (1/0)
Celeste Center, Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus (1/0)
Trib Total Media Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh (1/0)
Caesars Circus Maximus, Atlantic City (1/0)
Musikfest, Bethlehem, Pa. (1/0)
Innsbrook Pavilion, Glen Allen, Va. (1/0)
nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, Va. (1/0)
Raleigh Amphitheater, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre, Charlotte (1/0)
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (1/0)
Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta (1/0)
Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala. (1/0)
Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City (1/0)
House of Blues, Dallas (1/1)
Sandia Casino Amphitheater, Albuquerque (1/0)
Paramount Theatre, Denver (1/0)
Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, Neb. (1/0)
DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/0)
Family Arena, St. Charles, Mo. (1/0)
Downstream Casino Resort, Quapaw, Okla. (1/0)
75,695 (144,875)
Aug. 31-Sept. 5
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
New York State Fair, Syracuse, N.Y. (1/1)
Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vt. (1/0)
Great Allentown Fair, Allentown, Pa. (1/1)
Maryland State Fair, Timonium, Md. (1/1)
62,146 (63,520)

Aug. 26-27
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (2/2)
28,282 (28,282)

Sept. 9-11
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)
27,541 (30,200)
Sept. 10-11
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/0)
23,009 (23,178)
Oct. 13
Rexall Place, Edmonton (1/0)
8,067 (11,000)
Aug. 14-Sept. 3
Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/1)
Cocoon Club, Frankfurt (1/1)
17,500 (17,500)
Aug. 27-28
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Charlotte (1/1)
Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)
37,391 (37,391)
Sept. 4
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
14,577 (14,577)