Rolling Stones' 'América Latina Olé' Trek Rocks Hot Tours Roundup

The Rolling StonesAmérica Latina Olé Tour that wrapped in late March after a sweep through seven Latin American countries during a six-week span earns the top ranking on this week’s tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $46.9 million in sales from stadiums in five of the final cities on the trek.

The legendary rock band played single concerts in three of the five markets and double-show stints in two. São Paulo, Brazil’s Estádio do Morumbi hosted the group on Feb. 24 and 27 with 135,656 in attendance and a sales total of $12.2 million. Two nights at Mexico City’s 55,000-seat stadium Foro Sol generated $13.2 million at the box office from a sold ticket count of 117,567. Both engagements, along with the Stones’ earlier-reported run of three shows in Buenos Aires that grossed $17.6 million, are the only 2016 concert engagements worldwide that have topped the $10 million mark in ticket sales.

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The América Latina Olé Tour began on Feb. 3 in Santiago, Chile and grossed $83.8 million during the run of 13 performances the ended with the two Mexico City shows on March 14 and 17, but the finale of the tour was a free concert on March 25 in Havana, Cuba. Overall attendance for the tour topped 1.9 million -- 729,292 for the ticketed concerts plus the Havana event that drew a crowd of 700,000 plus another 500,000 on the periphery of the concert site.

Following at No. 2 on the Hot Tours recap is another veteran English band, Iron Maiden, with final sales reported from the Latin American run of its Book of Souls world tour, plus the first seven dates on a two-week trek through the U.S. and Canada.

Since the tour kicked off on Feb. 24, the group has notched a sold ticket count of 418,414 from 23 performances in the Americas with a collective gross of $25.6 million so far. The North American leg of the tour that just wrapped on April 16 led directly to an Asian stint with shows in Japan and China beginning on April 20. Iron Maiden’s upcoming treks through Oceania, Africa and Europe are booked through early August.

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Guns N’ Roses is sixth in the Hot Tours ranking with a $6.2 million box office take from concerts on April 8 and 9 at the new 20,000-seat Las Vegas entertainment and sports venue, T-Mobile Arena. Performing together for the first time since 1993, Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan reunited this year for a string of spring concerts beginning with a surprise gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1.

Following the Vegas shows, the band headlined at the Coachella music festival in California as well as a pair of stadium performances in Mexico City. Later this year, the band will kick off a full-fledged stadium tour titled Not In This Lifetime…, set to hit 20 North American markets from June 23 through Aug. 22. 

  HOT TOURS - APRIL 19, 2016
  Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported April 12-18
Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
  Feb. 24-March 17
  Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil (2/2)
  Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/1)
  Estadio Monumental, Lima (1/1)
  Estadio El Campín, Bogotá (1/1)
  Foro Sol, Mexico City (2/2)
  390,200 (390,200)
  March 6-April 9
  Estadio Nacional Jorge Mágico González, San Salvador, El Salvador (1/1)
  Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San José, Costa Rica (1/0)
  Estadio Nacional, Santiago (1/0)
  Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba, Argentina (1/0)
  Estadio Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires (1/1)
  HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro (1/1)
  Esplanada do Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/1)
  Ginásio Nilson Nelson, Brasília, Brazil (1/0)
  Arena Castelão, Fortaleza, Brazil (1/1)
  Allianz Parque, São Paulo, Brazil (1/1)
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
  Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
  Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1/1)
  Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/0)
  United Center, Chicago (1/1)
  Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
  Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/0)
  338,512 (344,573)
  March 29-April 10
  Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/1)
  Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
  Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City (1/1)
  Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1)
  Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
  BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
  Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/1)
  108,710 (108,710)
  April 4-12
  United Center, Chicago (2/2)
  Auditorium Theatre, Chicago (1/1)
  Radio City Music Hall, New York (1/1)
  Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
  66,064 (66,064)
  March 28-April 5
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
  Pepsi Center, Denver (1/0)
  Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/0)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0)
  63,419 (68,317)
  April 8-9
  T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (2/2)
  28,849 (28,849)
  Jan. 14-Feb. 27
  Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (1/0)
  Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany (1/0)
  Chemnitz Arena, Chemnitz, Germany (1/0)
  Olympiahalle, Munich (1/0)
  Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg (1/0)
  GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany (1/0)
  Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany (1/0)
  Festhalle, Frankfurt (1/0)
  Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (1/0)
  Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany (1/0)
  Arena Trier, Trier, Germany (1/0)
  Ratiopharm Arena, Neu-Ulm, Germany (1/1)
  Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany (1/0)
  Lanxess Arena, Köln, Germany (1/0)
  Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium (1/0)
  65,573 (82,532)
  March 29-April 10
  Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs (1/1)
  Pepsi Center, Denver (1/1)
  Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif. (1/1)
  Reno Events Center, Reno, Nev. (1/1)
  Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/0)
  46,308 (46,908)
  April 5
  U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati (1/1)
  16,213 (16,213)
  April 6-7
  Bell Centre, Montreal (2/0)
  20,737 (22,296)