Continuing the North American leg of its E.N.D. World Tour, pop/hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas tops the Hot Tours rankings for the second time this year with totals reported from 11 arenas. A total of $8.8 million was the combined gross for these venues which brings the overall tour tally to $23 million since it kicked off last fall. Major markets New York, Philadelphia and Boston were represented in this batch of totals, as well as smaller markets such as Hampton, Va., Lexington, Ky. and Raleigh, N.C. All of the markets produced sellout crowds for the tour with New York's Madison Square Garden filling the most seats: 15,595 on Feb. 24.
Grammy-winner John Mayer has ranked among the Hot Tours five times during the past six weeks, and this most-recent appearance marks his second time in the No. 2 slot. Playing arenas in the U.S. and Canada since early-February, his concert grosses now surpass $13 million from the 23 shows that have been reported thus far in 2010. Among the six dates submitted during the past week, Toronto's Air Canada Centre produced the top numbers: 14,966 in attendance for a sold out performance on Feb. 14 and ticket sales of $1.2 million (Canadian $). The top-grossing U.S. venue was the American Airlines Center in Dallas with $754,395 at the box office and 12,131 fans in the house.
Two more stops on Billy Joel and Elton John's co-headlining tour land the legendary duo on the Hot Tours chart this week in the No. 3 position. Sold out performances at two upstate New York venues brought in over $3.4 million at the box office. Buffalo's HSBC Arena (March 9) and Albany's Times Union Center (March 11) sold a combined total of 31,565 tickets.