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Elton John Kicks Off Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour With $42 Million Earned

The final reports of the first leg of Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour amount to $42.5 million, enough to handily top the Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Dec. 22, 2018, according to…

The final reports of the first leg of Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour amount to $42.5 million, enough to handily top the Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Dec. 22, 2018, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The 22 shows that impact the latest Hot Tours tally (see below) sold a combined 321,984 tickets. When combined with figures from reports throughout the fall, Elton’s ongoing tour has grossed $79.5 million from 588,558 tickets sold so far.

John began the trek playing to 8,983 fans at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Sept. 8, 2018, the tour’s least-attended engagement so far. In the time between opening night and the final show of the year at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, he has played 41 arena dates across North America. John doubled up in major markets like Chicago and Toronto and went as far as to play four shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden (with more New York shows on the books in 2019). Both two-night stints at MSG are the tour’s top earners, grossing $4.8 million on Oct. 18-19 and $5.2 million upon his return on Nov. 8-9.

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In the new year, John will resume the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Boise, Idaho, on Jan. 11 and continue in North America through March 18 in Orlando. More European and North American dates are scheduled through the end of 2020, with even more to potentially be added. Among the most successful artists in history, John has grossed $1.2 billion since Billboard Boxscore began tracking touring data in 1990. With approximately 250 dates left before the curtain closes, we could see his final gross climb past the $1.5 billion mark.

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Below, see the full Hot Tours tally, including Andrea Bocelli, Shania Twain and Phish.

  HOT TOURS – DEC. 22, 2018
  Ranked by Gross, Compiled from Boxscores reported Dec. 11-17
   
  ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Venue, City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
RANK  
1 Elton John
  $42,542,157
  Sept. 19 – Dec. 15
  XL Center, Hartford, Conn. (1/1)
  Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
  Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Quebec (1/1)
  Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec (1/1)
  Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Mich (2/2)
  United Center, Chicago (2/2)
  Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. (1/1)
  Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)
  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (1/1)
  TD Garden, Boston, Mass. (1/1)
  Madison Square Garden, New York (2/2)
  BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
  American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla. (1/1)
  Legacy Arena at the BBJC, Birmingham, Ala. (1/1)
  Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La. (1/1)
  Toyota Center, Houston, Texas (1/1)
  AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas (1/1)
  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (2/2)
  321,984 (321,984)
   
2 Sam Smith
  $12,586,672
  Oct. 2 – 28
  Indoor Stadium, Singapore (2/2)
  SM Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Phillipines (1/1)
  Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul, South Korea (1/1)
  Saltima Super Arena, Saltima, Japan (1/1)
  Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan (1/1)
  CotaiArena, Cotai, Macau (1/1)
  Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai, China (1/1)
  Cadillac Arena, Beijing, China (1/1)
  Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand (1/1)
  91,768 (91,768)
   
3 Phish
  $4,505,580
  Oct. 31 – Nov. 3
  MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (0/4)
  58,840 (62,745)
   
4 Marc Anthony
  $3,011,926
  Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
  Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
  The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
  27.537 (27,537)
   
5 Andrea Bocelli
  $2,382,913
  Dec. 5
  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (0/1)
  12,852 (13,762)
   
6 Jimmy Buffet
  $1,735,266
  Oct. 20
  MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (0/1)
  12,951 (13,085)
   
7 Anuel AA
  $1,349,389
  Dec. 7 – 14
  Atlanta Coliseum, Duluth, Ga. (1/1)
  American Airlines Arena, Miami, Fla. (1/1)
  Houston Arena Theatre, Houston, Texas (1/1)
  15,980 (15,980)
   
8 Andre Rieu
  $1,312,610
  RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (0/1)
  11,274 (11,627)
   
9 Shania Twain
  $1,310,410
  Nov. 30
  RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (0/1)
  11,499 (12,633)
   
10 Twenty One Pilots
  $1,307,732
  Nov. 7 – Dec. 7
  American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (0/1)
  RAC Arena, Perth, Australia (0/1)
  18,087 (20,820)