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Andre Rieu Surpasses $550 Million in Touring Grosses, Has Played to Nearly 6 Million Fans

Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu blasts onto the Hot Tours list (see below) dated Sept. 1, 2018 at No. 2 thanks to 17 shows from his 2018 world tour.

Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu blasts onto the Hot Tours list (see below) dated Sept. 1, 2018, at No. 2 thanks to 17 shows from his 2018 world tour. The reported gigs grossed $13.3 million (from 142,361 fans in attendance), according to Billboard Boxscore. The majority of his newly reported grosses come from a 13-night engagement at Vrijthof in Rieu’s hometown of Maastricht, the Netherlands. This brings his career total at Vrijthof to $54.1 million across 76 shows dating back to July 10, 2009.


With his latest totals reported, Rieu extends his record as the highest grossing classical artist in Billboard’s Boxscore history. His total gross from all shows reported to Billboard Boxscore now stands at $550.1 million. Further, he continues to be the classical act with the highest attendance, with 5.97 million.

The only artist to eclipse Rieu on the latest Hot Tours tally is Ed Sheeran, at No. 1, with $15.4 million grossed, according to Billboard Boxscore. These fresh grosses come from Sheeran’s return to the U.S. after touring Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand for nine months. Billboard’s reigning Artist of the Year played sold out shows in Seattle and San Francisco but got his biggest gross at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., bringing in $6.3 million from 62,000 tickets sold.

His mammoth ÷ (Divide) tour began in March 2017 in Italy and will run a full two years, wrapping up at Cape Town Stadium in South Africa on March 27, 2019.

Check out the full Hot Tours recap below.

HOT TOURS – SEPT. 1, 2018

Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Aug. 21-27

Total Gross
Show Date Range
Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

1 Ed Sheeran
Aug. 18-25
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (1/1)
AT&T Park, San Francisco (1/1)
CenturyLink Field, Seattle (1/1)
158,859 (156,859)

2 Andre Rieu
June 16-July 22
Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria (2/2)
Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark (0/1)
Royal Arena, Copenhagen (0/1)
Vrijthof, Maastricht, Netherlands (12/13)
142,361 (144,485)

3 Kenny Chesney
Aug. 22-25
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md. (1/1)
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. (2/2)
138,692 (138,692)

4 Foo Fighters
July 29-30
Wrigley Field, Chicago (2/2)
76,299 (76,299)

5 J. Cole
Aug. 24-25
Stpales Center, Los Angeles (2/2)
23,924 (23,924)

6 Silvestre Dangond
July 20-Aug. 11
Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, Texas (0/1)
American Airlines Arena, Miami (0/1)
Amway Center, Orlando (0/1)
The Anthem, Washington, D.C. (0/1)
Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York (0/1)
House of Blues, Boston (0/1)
Joe’s, Chicago (1/1)
Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles (1/1)
21,355 (28,143)

7 A.R. Rahman
Aug. 18
Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif. (0/1)
12,375 (12,438)

8 Shakira
Aug. 8
Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
11,625 (11,625)

9 Sam Smith
Aug. 15
United Center, Chicago (1/1)
13,319 (13,319)

10 ZZ Top
Aug. 13-21
Harbour Station, St. John, New Brunswick (0/1)
Credit Union Place, Summerside, Prince Edward Island (1/1)
Place Bell, Laval, Quebec (1/1)
Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke, Va. (0/1)
15,495 (16,930)