Earning the top slot on the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list below) are the Foo Fighters, with tickets sales reported from the band’s 16-day trek through South America in January. Touring in support of the album Sonic Highways, the rockers began the tour with a pair of stadium performances in South Africa at the end of last year.
To begin 2015, the band brought the tour back to the Western Hemisphere, kicking off a trek in South America on Jan. 15 in Santiago at the national stadium of Chile. Five more stadium performances followed at cities in Argentina and Brazil, and the final stop of the Latin American leg was in Colombia at Estadio El Campín with 36,883 fans in attendance. The $3.1 million in box office revenue from the Jan. 31 concert in Bogotá gives the band this week’s No. 1 ranking.
South America was the first of five continents to be covered this year during the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways tour. An Oceania leg will begin on Feb. 18 with six venues in Australia and two in New Zealand booked through March 8. A jaunt through eight European countries will begin on May 25 and a summer leg in North America will kick off on July 4. Stadium performances are booked in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston during the summertime swing that ends on July 19. Festival appearances in Japan and South Korea and a final stand in North America beginning on August 12 close out the tour’s 10-month run that will wrap on Oct. 7.
Following at No. 2 on the Hot Tours ranking is John Mellencamp with $1.4 million in revenue from his 2015 North American tour that launched in South Bend, Ind. on Jan. 21. The veteran rocker, touring behind the September release of his latest album Plain Spoken, will be on the road until early August along with country artist Carlene Carter, the tour’s opening act. Booked primarily in theaters and performing arts centers, the tour will hit 71 venues before the final show on Aug. 4 in Indianapolis.
With sellout crowds reported at each of the first six venues on the AEG Live-promoted tour, the sold ticket count totaled 16,953. Included among these first reported shows was a two-night engagement at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 27 and 28. Other cities that will host the tour for multiple performances are Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City and Toronto among others.
|HOT TOURS – Feb. 11, 2015|
|Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 4-10|
|Show Date Range|
|Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)|
|Total Attendance (Capacity)|
|Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia (1/0)|
|Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, Ind. (1/1)|
|Palace, Louisville, Ky. (1/1)|
|Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati (1/1)|
|Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (2/2)|
|Mershon Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio (1/1)|
|Connor Palace, Cleveland (1/1)|
|Amway Center, Orlando (1/0)|
|Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0)|
|Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, Calif. (1/1)|
|SAP Center, San Jose (1/1)|
|Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/1)|
|Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (1/0)|
|7||FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS|
|Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla. (1/1)|
|8||SEETHER & PAPA ROACH|
|Jan. 25-Feb. 7|
|Riviera Theatre, Chicago (1/0)|
|The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (1/0)|
|9||THE PIANO GUYS|
|Adrienne Arsht Center, Knight Concert Hall, Miami (1/0)|
|David A. Straz, Jr. Center, Morsani Hall, Tampa (1/0)|
|Jan. 30-Feb. 7|
|Fox Theater, Oakland (1/1)|
|Senator Theater, Chico, Calif. (1/1)|
|SOMA, San Diego (1/1)|