Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart

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Taylor Swift at the American Country Music Awards 2010

After charting six previous times on the Hot Tours chart so far this year, country star Taylor Swift earns her first stint at No. 1 with $8.1 million in ticket sales revenue reported from the ongoing Fearless Tour. Box office grosses from 10 performances at eight arenas were reported during the past week by The Messina Group, the tour's promoter. Two of those venues, both in the metropolitan New York area, hosted Swift for two consecutive nights with the Prudential Center reporting the top gross and attendance. The Newark, N.J. arena's $1,742,669 is the third highest gross since the tour began in April 2009. Only Acer Arena in Sydney (Feb. 6-7) and Philadelphia's Wachovia Center (March 18-19) grossed more during their two-show runs. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (May 14-15) sold just 234 seats less than Prudential Center and is this week's second highest grossing arena, and No. 5 among the top venue grosses from the Fearless Tour's trek during 2009-2010.

Veteran rock band Pearl Jam ranks No. 2 this week based on reported totals from the first three arenas on its 2010 U.S. tour. Promoter Live Nation reported more than $2.1 million in gross sales from three mid-western arenas, with almost 34,000 tickets purchased. Kansas City's Sprint Center (May 3), Scottrade Center in St. Louis (May 4) and Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio (May 6) are the first of 11 venues on the schedule during the brief U.S. tour leg during May. The band will head to Europe with bookings scheduled during June and July.

This week's third highest grossing touring artist is Rod Stewart, currently on the road in Europe with a steady slate of tour dates planned through early August. The first totals reported from this tour come from the O2 in Dublin with two sold out performances grossing €1.5 million (US$1.9 million). Over 17,000 fans filled the Irish arena during the two-show engagement.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
April 29-May 15
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (1/1)
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (1/1)
RBC Center, Raleigh, N.C. (1/1)
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (1/1)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/1)
Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (2/2)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (2/2)
136,005 (136,005)
May 3-6
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
Scottrade Center, St. Louis (1/1)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
33,941 (36,451)
May 11-12
O2, Dublin (2/2)
17,080 (17,080)


March 6-April 11
Paris Theatre at Paris Las Vegas (15/5)
10,185 (13,138)
March 26
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
14,470 (14,470)
March 22-31
South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, British Columbia (1/0)
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, British Columbia (1/0)
CN Centre, Prince George, British Columbia (1/0)
EnCana Events Centre, Dawson Creek, British Columbia (1/0)
Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta (1/1)
Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
Brandt Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan (1/0)
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/0)
31,616 (35,879)
April 30-May 1
Bass Concert Hall, Austin, Texas (1/0)
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (1/0)
12,254 (18,752)
May 10-15
Ford Park Event Center, Beaumont, Texas (1/0)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/1)
American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas (1/0)
Tucson Convention Center, Tucson (1/0)
25,125 (26,080)
May 15-16
Radio City Music Hall, New York (3/3)
17,953 (17,953)
March 31-May 1
Plaza De Toros, Morelia, Mexico (1/0)
Playa Flamingos, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (1/0)
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/0)
19,584 (22,500)