Darius Rucker 2015

Darius Rucker performs a free, surprise pop-up concert in Charleston for "CMT Instant Jam: Darius Rucker" at The Windjammer on Aug. 26, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Darius Rucker owns the No. 1 slot on the weekly recap of Hot Tours with box office revenue reported from the first leg of the country headliner’s North American tour, set primarily in outdoor venues. Grosses totaled $9.1 million from 29 performances beginning with a May 14 concert in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey market. The overall sold ticket count hit 313,212 for the summertime jaunt, which wrapped in Virginia Beach at the end of August.

The tour followed the release of Rucker’s Capitol Nashville album Southern Style, which bowed on March 31. The 15-week run featured Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses as show openers on most of the dates.

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Among the 28 amphitheaters on the schedule, the Washington, D.C.-area venue Merriweather Post Pavilion logged the top gross with just over $585,000 in sales. The largest draw came in the Boston market with 19,266 fans present at XFINITY Center. One indoor arena was included on the summer itinerary: a June 18 performance at the 8,500-seat Cedar Park Center located near Austin, Texas.

Rucker’s Southern Style tour returns for a fall leg through 14 U.S. cities beginning with a Chicago performance on Oct. 8. His final tour date for the year is set for Nov. 20 at Toledo, Ohio’s Huntington Center.

Landing at No. 2 on the Hot Tours tally is Rod Stewart with reported sales from two venues that hosted the veteran rocker while he was in Brazil to headline Rio de Janeiro’s Rock in Rio festival on Sept. 20. Leading up to the festival appearance, Stewart performed at soccer stadiums in both Curitiba and Sao Paulo, grossing a combined $2.1 million from both venues. With amphitheater setups for both shows, attendance totaled 13,780 at Curitiba’s Arena da Baixada on Sept. 17, and a sold-out event two days later at Allianz Parque in São Paulo drew 12,887 fans. Both shows were promoted by Latin American event producer Move Concerts.

  HOT TOURS - Sept. 29, 2015
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 22-28
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
  May 14-Aug. 30
  PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J. (1/0)
  First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa. (1/0)
  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, Ga. (1/0)
  MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/0)
  Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/0)
  The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pa. (1/0)
  Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto (1/0)
  Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, Texas (1/0)
  Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas (1/0)
  Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, Texas (1/0)
  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/0)
  Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind. (1/0)
  Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati (1/0)
  Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre, Simpsonville, S.C. (1/0)
  Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, N.H. (1/0)
  XFINITY Center, Mansfield, Mass. (1/0)
  Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y. (1/0)
  USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
  Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, Colo. (1/0)
  Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque (1/0)
  Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. (1/0)
  Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, Calif. (1/0)
  Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (1/0)
  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (1/0)
  Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. (1/0)
  Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0)
  Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, N.C. (1/0)
  PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte (1/0)
  Farm Bureau Live, Virginia Beach, Va. (1/0)
  313,212 (510,274)
  Sept. 17-19
  Arena da Baixada, Curitiba, Brazil (1/0)
  Allianz Parque, São Paulo, Brazil (1/1)
  26,667 (29,887)
  Sept. 17-19
  Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto (1/0)
  DTE Energy Music Center, Clarkston, Mich. (1/1)
  Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0)
  49,701 (51,298)
  Sept. 16-18
  Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco (2/2)
  Staples Center, Los Angeles (1/0)
  26,771 (29,434)
  Sept. 16-21
  Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil (1/1)
  Gigantinho, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/1)
  12,906 (12,906)
  Sept. 19
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/0)
  13,912 (15,452)
  July 16-17
  Radio City Music Hall, New York (2/1)
  11,143 (11,581)
  Sept. 5
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/0)
  11,036 (12,937)
  Sept. 19
  Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
  9,507 (9,507)
  June 24
  Radio City Music Hall, New York (1/1)
  5,227 (5,227)