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Blake Shelton Brings ‘Friends and Heroes’ to Hot Tours Top 5

Blake Shelton returns to the Hot Tours recap dated March 16, 2019, marking his first appearance on the tally in 2019.

Blake Shelton returns to the Hot Tours recap dated March 16, 2019, marking his first appearance on the tally in 2019. His latest six dates grossed $6.1 million and sold 68,923 tickets, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, enough to crack the recap’s top 5.

Shelton’s Friends and Heroes Tour launched on Valentine’s Day with the biggest gross of the run so far. The opening show at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena grossed $1.2 million. With this week’s newest reports, he adds four million-dollar shows to the trek, now totaling eight out of 12.

The Friends and Heroes Tour is Shelton’s fourth consecutive winter on the road (and third promoted by Messina Touring Group and AEG Presents), playing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights to sold out arena audiences. The 2019 trek has grossed $12.4 million in its first 12 dates, with a handful more to play throughout March. He has already passed 2017’s Doing It to Country Songs Tour ($9.4 million; 13 dates) and is approaching the total of last year’s Country Music Freaks Tour ($14 million; 14 dates).


Looking at the current tour on a per-night basis, Shelton is setting a career-high pace. He has averaged $1.03 million per night in 2019, managing a 3.4% bump over last year’s $997,000 average. Grossing more each night and adding several markets to his repertoire, Shelton will surely out-perform last year’s run and likely wind up in the $18-20 million range. This puts Friends and Heroes in the neighborhood of the Blake Shelton 2016 Tour ($19.6 million; 25 dates), though he won’t match the more expansive Ten Times Crazier Tour from 2013-15 ($37.6 million; 50 dates).

Shelton’s consistent touring throughout the last decade has paid off. With this week’s reports, he becomes the 23rd country artist in the history of Billboard Boxscore (dating back to 1990) to gross over $100 million. His career total now stands at $104 million, having sold 1,897,749 tickets across 163 shows. Additionally, he supported a number of country superstars including Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith during the 2000s before he made his name as an arena headliner.

See below for the full Hot Tours recap, featuring the final reports for holiday regulars Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Shelton’s fellow Messina/AEG road warriors Eric Church and Kelly Clarkson.

  HOT TOURS – MARCH 16, 2019
  Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported March 5 – 11
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  Dec. 11 – 30
  Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (0/2)
  PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C. (0/1)
  Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. (0/1)
  Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W. Va. (0/1)
  BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (0/1)
  U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio (0/2)
  Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. (0/2)
  Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla. (0/2)
  Giant Center, Hershey, Pa. (0/2)
  Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (0/1)
  Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (0/2)
  Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. (2/2)
  Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. (0/2)
  Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (0/2)
  Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (0/2)
  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (0/2)
  PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pa. (2/2)
  Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich. (2/2)
  Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (0/2)
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/2)
  381,375 (426,630)
2 Ed Sheeran
  Feb. 13 – 23
  Allianz Parque, Sao Paolo, Brazil (2/2)
  Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre, Brazil (0/1)
  Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uraguay (0/1)
  Campo Argentino De Polo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (0/1)
  180,720 (184,678)
3 Justin Timberlake
  Feb. 22 – March 10
  Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. (1/1)
  Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)
  Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Ariz. (1/1)
  T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev. (1/1)
  Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. (1/1)
  78,766 (78,766)
4 Eagles
  Feb. 26 – March 2
  Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (2/2)
  Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand (1/1)
  51,164 (51,164)
5 Blake Shelton
  Feb. 28 – March 9
  Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill. (1/1)
  KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)
  Ford Center, Evansville, Ind. (1/1)
  Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. (1/1)
  Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla. (1/1)
  BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
  68,923 (68,923)
6 Eric Church
  March 1 – 9
  Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo. (2/2)
  Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ont. (2/2)
  60,139 (60,139)
7 Billy Joel
  March 9
  Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz. (1/1)
  40,964 (40,964)
8 Dave Matthews Band
  Dec. 11 – 15
  Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. (0/1)
  Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. (0/1)
  John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (0/2)
  44,714 (58,192)
9 Arctic Monkeys
  Feb. 23 – March 6
  RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (1/1)
  Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia (1/1)
  Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia (2/2)
  Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia (1/1)
  Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (1/1)
  66,809 (66,809)
10 Kelly Clarkson
  Feb. 28 – March 9
  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (1/1)
  INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/1)
  NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1)
  TD Garden, Boston, Mass. (1/1)
  PPL Center, Allentown, Pa. (1/1)
  50,644 (50,644)