Depeche Mode tops the Hot Tours chart this week with over $18 million in ticket sales reported from its Tour of the Universe that wrapped at the end of February. The box office totals come from 15 European cities that hosted the band during the last four months of its tour. Barcelona's 18,000-seat arena, Palau Sant Jordi drew the largest crowd among the reported venues with 34,193 in attendance for two shows (Nov. 20-21). The arena's $2.6 million in sold tickets was also the largest gross among the 15 venues. Totals from the tour were reported by promoter Live Nation's U.K. office during the past week. The report covered concert activity in various European countries with box office stats for a seven-month time period beginning in November and continuing through the end of May.
Promoters T4F and Evenpro/Water Brother have both reported box office totals from tours in Latin American countries during the first half of the year, and Metallica ranks No. 2 this week based on grosses from these reports. Evenpro/Water Brother handled the band's concerts in Peru (Jan. 19), Costa Rica (March 7), Panama (March 8), Colombia (March 10) and Venezuela (March 12). T4F's date was in Santiago, Chile (Jan. 26). The South and Central American shows were part of Metallica's World Magnetic Tour that began in October 2008 and is scheduled to continue through November. Box office stats from T4F and Evenpro/Water Brother also helped Beyoncé, Guns N' Roses and AC/DC land a ranking on this week's Hot Tours list, at Nos. 3, 6 and 7 respectively.
Stars of the Fox TV series "Glee" performed 13 sold out concerts in four markets during May generating $5 million in ticket sales and earning the tour a spot at No. 9 this week. The tour kicked-off at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix (May 15-16) followed by four performances at Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre in the Los Angeles market (May 20-22). Chicago-area fans filled the Rosemont Theatre for two nights (May 25-26), and the brief tour ended at New York City's Radio City Music Hall with five shows, including two matinees, on May 28-30.