Hot Tours: Kiss, R. Kelly, Tiësto

Veteran rock group KISS has wrapped its Alive/35 World Tour that began in March 2008 and continued until Dec. 13 with a final concert at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Celebrating the band's 35th anniversary, the tour played in Australia/New Zealand, Europe and both South and North America during its run. Promoter of the final North American leg, Concerts West/AEG Live has reported totals from concerts beginning on Oct. 2 through the closer in December. $24.2 million in box office grosses from those 39 reported shows place KISS in the No. 1 spot on the Hot Tours list.

Promoter AEG Live has also reported concert totals for R. Kelly's Ladies Make Some Noise Tour, booked in U.S. venues beginning last October through early December. The R&B star played mainly theaters during the tour with top numbers coming from major markets like New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Houston. Top grosser was The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York (Oct. 16-17) with $642,201 earned from tickets purchased by 7,759 fans at two shows. The Chicago native packed his hometown's Auditorium Theatre twice (Nov. 17-18) bringing in $506,002 from an audience of 7,189, landing the theater in 2nd place among the top-grossing venues on the tour.

Dutch DJ Tiësto ranks at No. 6 among the Hot Tours based on reported concert totals from U.S. and South American performances last fall. The highest grossing North American venue was the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles (Nov. 25, 27-28) with three sold out shows taking in $873,357. Estadio de Itagüí in Medellin, Colombia (Dec. 5) was the top earner among the South American dates. With a sellout crowd of 6,500, the show grossed $370,423 (740,050,000 pesos). Tiësto is continuing his world tour with more 2010 bookings in South America followed by Australia, the Far East and Europe.

Rank Artist/Event
Total Gross
Show Dates
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Oct. 2-Dec. 13
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
TD Garden, Boston (1/1)
General Motors Centre, Oshawa, Ontario (1/1)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1)
Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia (1/1)
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1)
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va. (1/1)
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C. (1/1)
Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Fla. (1/1)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa (1/1)
BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)
Sommet Center, Nashville (1/1)
Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1)
United Center, Chicago (1/1)
Target Center, Minneapolis (1/1)
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1)
Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/1)
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary (1/1)
General Motors Place, Vancouver (1/1)
KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)
Rose Garden, Portland (1/1)
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/1)
Honda Center, Anaheim (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/1)
San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego (1/1) Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas (1/1)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (1/1)
Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
Sprint Center, Kansas City (1/1)
Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa (1/1)
Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh (1/1)
395,819 (395,819)
Dec. 2-6
Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires (3/0)
170,630 (191,649)
Oct. 8-Dec. 8
MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Conn. (1/1)
Citi Wang Theatre, Boston (1/0)
Lyric Opera House, Baltimore (1/0)
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark (1/0)
The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York (2/0)
Music Hall, Cincinnati (1/0)
Gaillard Auditorium, Charleston, S.C. (1/1)
Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Ga. (1/1)
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Concert Hall, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
NOKIA Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/0)
Reliant Arena, Houston (1/0)
Lakefront Arena, New Orleans (1/0)
Orpheum Theatre, Memphis (1/1)
NOKIA Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles (1/1)
Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas (1/0)
Paramount Theatre, Oakland (1/0)
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio (1/0)
Fox Theatre, Detroit (2/0)
Milwaukee Theatre, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/0)
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago (2/2)
Louisville Palace, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte (1/1)
Special Events Center, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. (2/0)
Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Moran Theatre, Jacksonville (1/0)
James L. Knight Center, Miami (1/0)
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Morsani Hall, Tampa (1/0)
Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock (1/0)
Orpheum Theatre, Memphis (1/0)
Constant Center, Norfolk, Va. (1/0)
Landmark Theatre, Richmond, Va. (1/0)
Palace Theatre, Cleveland (1/1)
Fox Theatre, St. Louis (1/0)
96,556 (119,052)

Nov. 9-15
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich. (1/1)
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/0)
Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y. (1/0)
Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
80,852 (82,308)
Nov. 18-Dec. 5
Brandt Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan (1/1)
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/0)
Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/0)
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary (1/0)
Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu (1/0)
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y. (1/0)
59,358 (72,506)
Oct. 14-Dec. 18
Electric Factory, Philadelphia (1/1)
Congress Theater, Chicago (1/1)
The Rave, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/0)
Cohen Stadium, El Paso, Texas (1/0)
Cow Palace, Daly City, Calif. (1/0)
Marquee Theatre, Tempe, Ariz. (1/1)
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (3/3)
Parque Jaime Duque, Bogotá, Colombia (1/1)
Estadio de Itagüí, Medellín, Colombia (1/1)
Torre Gecko, Heredia, Costa Rica (1/1)
Estadio Mariscal Braun, La Paz, Bolivia (1/0)
Ex Cerveceria del Centro, Asunción, Paraguay (1/0)
Espacio Riesco, Santiago, Chile (1/0)
71,595 (75,788)
Dec. 2-16
NOKIA Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas (1/1)
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (1/1)
Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/2)
37,382 (37,382)
Nov. 15-21
Parque Jaime Duque, Bogotá, Colombia (1/0)
Chácara do Jockey, São Paulo, Brazil (1/0)
23,065 (34,500)
Nov. 25-Dec. 13
Prospera Place, Kelowna, British Columbia (1/0)
General Motors Place, Vancouver (1/0)
Enmax Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta (1/0)
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/0)
Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/0)
Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary (1/0)
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/0)
Sudbury Arena, Sudbury, Ontario (1/0)
WFCU Centre, Windsor, Ontario (1/0)
John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario (1/0)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/0)
Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario (1/0)
K-Rock Centre, Kingston, Ontario (1/0)
43,301 (68,988)
Oct. 9-Dec. 31
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Ala. (2/2)
The Midland by AMC, Kansas City (2/0)
Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Mich. (1/0)
Philips Arena, Atlanta (2/0)
38,395 (49,511)