As the fourth quarter of 2015 nears the halfway mark, the year’s highest-grossing tours are either in the homestretch or have already called it a wrap. Both are included on this week’s Hot Tours recap (see list, below), which ranks the highest collective tour grosses reported during the past week.
One Direction, No. 1 on the tally based on $20.2 million in reported ticket sales, heads up the list of artists who have already wrapped for the year. The pop group’s On the Road Again trek began Feb. 7 and closed at the end of October. British pop star Robbie Williams (No. 4) launched his Let Me Entertain You trek seven weeks later and wrapped on Nov. 3.
Others are shuttering a multiple-year effort. Katy Perry (No. 5), Paul McCartney (No. 6) and KISS (No. 9) all concluded tours that began in previous years. Perry’s Prismatic trek began in May of last year and finished on Oct. 18 in Costa Rica. Sir Paul’s Out There tour ran for almost two-and-a-half years, closing on Oct. 22 in Buffalo, N.Y., the last stop on the tour’s fifth leg through North American markets. Iconic rock band KISS debuted its 40th anniversary world tour in 2014 and closed it last month with a final stint in Australia and New Zealand.
Touring artists who are still on the road for a few more days or weeks include pop star Taylor Swift (No. 2), who just completed a two-city Asian run with multiple shows in Singapore and Shanghai. A final jaunt follows in Australian markets before her 1989 tour concludes on Dec. 12. U2 (No. 3) is also nearing a wrap with just a handful of arena dates remaining on its 22-city Innocence + Experience tour that finishes with a four-show engagement in Dublin at the end of November.
Veteran rockers AC/DC (No. 7) and Neil Diamond (No. 8) are both set to close out their 2015 tours Down Under with final treks through Australia and New Zealand. The legendary Australian band will wrap its Rock or Bust tour on December 15 with a final stadium show in Auckland, New Zealand, and Diamond’s world tour will end on Nov. 16 with an arena performance in Perth, Australia.
Rounding out the list of touring artists nearing their finale is Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges (No. 10), who grabs the final slot on the weekly top 10 with sales reported from his A Whole Different Story tour that is booked through Dec. 17.
|HOT TOURS - Nov. 10, 2015|
|Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Nov. 3-9|
|Show Date Range|
|Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)|
|Total Attendance (Capacity)|
|Manchester Arena, Manchester, U.K. (2/2)|
|SSE Hydro, Glasgow, U.K. (2/2)|
|Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, U.K. (3/3)|
|3Arena, Dublin (3/3)|
|SSE Arena, Belfast, U.K. (3/3)|
|Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, U.K. (3/3)|
|Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, U.K. (3/3)|
|Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky. (1/1)|
|Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)|
|Georgia Dome, Atlanta (1/1)|
|American Airlines Arena, Miami (1/1)|
|Raymond James Stadium, Tampa (1/1)|
|Oct. 25-Nov. 3|
|O2 Arena, London (6/6)|
|Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (2/0)|
|Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (3/0)|
|Hipódromo de Palermo, Buenos Aires (1/1)|
|Parque Deportivo 222, Bogotá, Colombia (1/1)|
|Plaza Figali, Panama City, Panama (1/0)|
|Parque Viva, Alajuela, Costa Rica (1/1)|
|Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)|
|Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)|
|MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (1/0)|
|Oct. 27-Nov. 5|
|Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/0)|
|Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane (2/2)|
|Perth Arena, Perth, Australia (1/0)|
|Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/0)|
|Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, Australia (1/0)|
|SSE Hydro, Glasgow, U.K. (5/0)|