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AC/DC Rocks Latest Hot Tours Roundup

AC/DC tops the latest tally of Hot Tours, based on box-office sales from three Midwestern U.S. arenas on the legendary rock band's Rock or Bust world tour.

AC/DC tops the latest tally of Hot Tours, based on box-office sales from three Midwestern U.S. arenas on the legendary rock band’s Rock or Bust world tour.

Sold-out shows in Fargo, N.D.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Chicago, each promoted by Chicago’s Jam Productions, generated $5.7 million in revenue from 47,939 sold seats. Fargo drew the largest crowd and claimed the top gross among the three markets, with 19,308 fans in attendance at the Fargodome on Feb. 11. Sales topped $2 million at the venue with ticket prices ranging from $80 to $135. At St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on Valentine’s Day, the sales total was $38,000 less than at Fargo, but the gross still stretched just above the $2 million mark.


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Chicago’s United Center logged only 13,773 sold seats for the tour’s Feb. 17 performance, but the veteran rockers also played a stadium date in the Windy City last fall during the trek’s first North American leg. On Sept. 15, a sellout crowd of 29,732 packed the city’s iconic ballpark, Wrigley Field, taking in more than $3 million at the box office.

The Rock or Bust tour kicked off in April of last year with a headlining appearance at the Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif., followed by a three-month stadium run through European markets beginning in May. North American stadium performances in August and September led into a seven-city jaunt through Australia, the band’s home country, and New Zealand through mid-December. The 2016 winter trek through U.S. arenas will stretch into early April, and a final stint in Europe is on the books for May and June.

Country superstars Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton also each stake a claim on the Hot Tours recap, landing among the 10 highest-grossing tours of the week based on reported sales from their North American winter treks.

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Paisley’s No. 2 ranking comes from $4.9 million in sales from 12 venues on his Crushin’ It tour’s 2016 leg that began in mid-January. Beginning with a concert on Jan. 29 at Bangor, Maine’s Cross Insurance Center and continuing through a Feb. 20 performance at the Brandt Centre in Regina, Sask., Paisley performed for 96,361 fans with sellouts in all but one market during the three-week span. The winter run is a continuation of the tour’s opening trek that ran from May until October 2015. Grosses from the Crushin’ It tour in 2015 topped $16.2 million from 457,631 tickets sold at 36 concerts.

Shelton scores the fourth slot on the Hot Tours tally with $2.8 million in sales from the first three arenas on his winter run through 10 U.S. cities during February and March. Along with the tour opener on Feb. 18 at Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena, the country veteran played to sellout crowds in Louisville and Detroit, logging a total of 44,490 sold tickets in all three venues.

HOT TOURS – FEB. 23, 2016
Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 17-22
Rank  ACT
    Total Gross
    Show Date Range
    Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
    Total Attendance (Capacity)
1   AC/DC
    Feb. 11-17
    Fargodome, Fargo, N.D. (1/1)
    Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
    United Center, Chicago (1/1)
    47,939 (47,939)
    Jan. 29-Feb. 20
    Cross Insurance Center, Bangor, Maine (1/1)
    War Memorial Arena at Oncenter, Syracuse, N.Y. (1/1)
    Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/1)
    La Crosse Center, La Crosse, Wis. (1/1)
    Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. (1/0)
    Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Ore. (1/1)
    Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash. (1/1)
    Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Wash. (1/1)
    Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1)
    Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/1)
    Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1)
    Brandt Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan (1/1)
    96,361 (96,569)
    Dec. 17-19
    O2 Arena, London (3/0)
    38,000 (43,778)
    Feb. 18-20
    U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati (1/1)
    KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
    Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich. (1/1)
    44,490 (44,490)
    Jan. 17-24
    O2 Arena, London (2/0)
    31,012 (31,840)
    Feb. 2-14
    Auditorio Metropolitano, Puebla, Mexico (1/0)
    Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico (2/0)
    Auditorio Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Querétaro, Mexico (1/0)
    El Domo, San Luis Potosí, Mexico (1/0)
    Auditorio Banamex, Monterrey, Mexico (3/0)
    40,197 (53,751)
    Dec. 9-10
    O2 Arena, London (2/0)
    32,581 (33,948)
    Dec. 12
    O2 Arena, London (1/0)
    14,091 (16,292)
    Jan. 23
    O2 Arena, London (1/0)
    12,651 (15,121)
    Dec. 16
    O2 Arena, London (1/0)
    15,000 (17,080)