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Chris Stapleton Leads Latest Hot Tours With $15 Million

Chris Stapleton leads the Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Oct. 6, 2018, with the latest reports from his All-American Road Show Tour. The second leg of the tour, running from June 16 to Aug. 25, 2018, grossed $18 million from 287,261 tickets sold, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Stapleton sold out 17 of these shows, touring mainly throughout the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, before heading east to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, N.H.

The summer leg spanned 22 dates, compared to the first leg’s lengthy 50-show run in 2017, which brought in $35.7 million. The trek began on May 5, 2017, the same day as the release of Stapleton’s sophomore LP, From a Room: Volume 1. He followed that album up with From a Room: Volume 2, released Dec. 1, 2017, just after the close of the tour’s first leg.


The All-American Road Show Tour, supported by Brent Cobb and Marty Stuart, will play throughout the fall before the third and final leg closes Nov. 4 at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

Elsewhere, Arctic Monkeys deliver a strong showing with the first two international reports from their Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Tour. Most impressively, they grossed $5.6 million from four shows at London’s O2 Arena. Their last stint at the O2 grossed $1.7 million from two shows in 2011, highlighting a remarkable increase in business in the seven years that have passed.

Since 2011, the band has dramatically increased their profile, first staking their claim with 2014's “Do I Wanna Know?” spending 10 weeks atop Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, after a seven-year absence from the chart altogether. Their 2013 album AM spawned two more top five singles there and eventually was certified platinum, making it their most successful album to-date.


Their $5.6 million gross and 73,084 attendance tally is especially impressive as the number of arena-headlining rock bands dwindles over time. Of acts that have out-grossed their recent run at the O2 this decade, according to reports to Billboard Boxscore, only eight of them are rock acts. Further, of those eight, seven established themselves as legends in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, when rock dominated not only stadiums and arenas, but the airwaves and record store shelves. Muse is the only contemporary rock act who have played on the Arctic Monkeys' level at the O2 Arena, grossing $8.1 million over five shows in 2016.

See below for the full Hot Tours recap.

  HOT TOURS – OCT. 6, 2018
  Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Sept. 25-Oct. 1
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 Chris Stapleton
  July 13 – Aug. 23
  Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, Mo. (1/1)
  Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash. (1/1)
  Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash. (1/1)
  White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, Wash. (1/1)
  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, Stateline, Nev. (1/1)
  Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif. (1/1)
  Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif. (0/1)
  Rimrock Auto Arena at MetroPark, Billings, Mont. (1/1)
  Adams Center, Missoula, Mont (1/1)
  Ford Idaho Center, Nampa, Idaho (1/1)
  Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque, N.M. (1/1)
  Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo. (1/1)
  USANA Amphitheatre, West Valley City, Utah (1/1)
  Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif. (0/1)
  Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. (0/1)
  The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
  Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (0/1)
  236,527 (254,811)
2 Ed Sheeran
  Sept. 27-29
  Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia (1/1)
  PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1/1)
  95,306 (95,306)
3 Arctic Monkeys
  Sept. 6-13
  Manchester Arena, Manchester, England (0/2)
  O2 Arena, London (0/4)
  104,711 (107,702)
4 Britney Spears
  Aug. 6-26
  Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (1/1)
  Manchester Arena, Manchester, England (1/1)
  SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (1/1)
  O2 Arena, London (0/3)
  78,749 (82,309)
5 Andre Rieu
  Sept. 15-29
  UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Milwaukee, Wis. (0/1)
  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
  Fox Theatre, Detroit (1/1)
  EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va. (1/1)
  Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (0/1)
  NYCB Live, Home of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. (1/1)
  Agganis Arena, Boston (1/1)
  Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec (1/1)
  Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec (0/1)
  Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (0/1)
  KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (0/1)
  86,861 (91,264)
6 Helene Fischer
  Sept. 4-9
  Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (5/5)
  59,450 (59,450)
7 Billy Joel
  Sept. 21
  Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo. (1/1)
  40,589 (40,589)
8 Chris Young
  Sept. 13-29
  Pan American Center, Las Cruces, N.M. (1/1)
  United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas (1/1)
  BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)
  Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Miss. (1/1)
  BancorpSouth Arena, Tupelo, Miss. (1/1)
  Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)
  Volvo Car Stadium, Charleston, S.C. (1/1)
  Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C. (1/1)
  Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia (1/1)
  81,210 (81,210)
9 Jennifer Lopez
  Sept. 16-22
  Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas (0/4)
  18,959 (19,076)
10 U2
  Aug. 31 – Sept. 1
  Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (2/2)
  29,260 (29,260)