Summer months are turning to Fall, but outdoor U.S. stadiums stayed open in September for Los Bukis. The legendary Mexican group reunited for the first time in 25 years, scoring the biggest tour of the month with a brief sweep through Chicago and Texas. In just five shows, the band earned $22.1 million and sold 181,000 tickets according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.
Los Bukis’ September shows peaked with two concerts at Chicago’s Soldier Field, earning $9.1 million over both nights. But the tour’s overall highlights fell just outside the month, with a double-header at Inglewood’s Sofi Stadium on Aug. 27-28 and a concert at Oakland’s RingCentral Coliseum on Oct. 1, bringing in $13.4 million and $12.8 million, respectively. The latter show boasts the sixth-highest attendance figure for an engagement in the Oakland stadium’s history among 63 reported shows, only behind The Rolling Stones (x3), Pink Floyd, U2 and The Who.
The band appears thrice in the Top Boxscore ranking’s top 10, at No. 2 with the Chicago plays, No. 6 with a Sept. 15 show at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and at No. 10 for their NRG Stadium date (Houston, Texas).
It appears that the 25-year hiatus has worked to the group’s benefit. Their September shows average out to $4.4 million and 36,000 tickets per show, more than 50 times the average gross of their reported shows in 1995, when the band earned $86,000 and sold 6,812 tickets each night in California and Mexico City.
Los Bukis is the sixth group to top the ranking, following BTS (May 2019), Spice Girls (June ’19), the Rolling Stones (Aug. ’19), Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Dec. ’19) and the Backstreet Boys (March ’20). They are the first Latin act to crown the Top Tours list since its inception in February 2019 (the monthly charts have been on hiatus since March 2020, returning last month with a best-of-the-summer recap).
They are joined in the top 10 by Maluma at No. 5 and further in the top 20 by Grupo Firme and Marc Anthony at Nos. 12 and 16, respectively. Aventura is another reunited Latin group on this month’s Top Tours list, with $4.9 million in the bank from just one show at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium.
And speaking of 25 years, Alanis Morissette scores the month’s No. 3 tour with her 2021 World Tour: Celebrating 25 Years of Jagged Little Pill. The anniversary run earned $14.3 million and sold 249,000 tickets throughout September, making it the month’s most-attended tour.
In between Los Bukis and Morissette, Dead & Company remains at No. 2, after winning the silver medal for the summer chart as well. Their monthly total bumps to $18.8 million and 210,000 tickets sold. Most of the band’s tour is in amphitheaters but the few stadium upgrades bolster its monthly chart placement. Dead & Co. played two shows at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Sept. 17-18, earning $7.8 million over both nights.
The No. 1 Boxscore of September belongs to Another Planet Entertainment, bringing in $18.3 million with the return of Life is Beautiful Festival. After a hiatus in 2020, the Las Vegas festival is back, bumping up 2% from the 2019 iteration’s intake. Its three-day total of 162,000 tickets sold makes it the most-attended edition of the festival dating back to its debut in 2013.
Life is Beautiful is joined by another festival in the top 10, with the iHeartRadio Music Festival at No. 8 ($5 million gross; 18,600 tickets). The two-day event was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from Sept. 17-18. And like Another Planet’s San Francisco festival, iHeartRadio improves upon its last run-through, up 7% in gross revenue from the Sept. 2019 edition.
iHeartRadio Music Festival helps keep Las Vegas at the center of the action as concerts continue their return. Vegas rooms scatter the four venue charts, with the T-Mobile Arena (No. 10) on the 15,001+ capacity list, MGM Grand Garden (No. 1) and Michelob ULTRA Arena (No. 8) on the 10,001-15,000 list, Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood (No. 5) and Park Theater (No. 7) for 5,001-10,000 venues and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (No. 3) and Encore Theater at Wynn Hotel (No. 4) among venues 5,000 capacity or less.
Chicago’s Soldier Field tops the 15,001+ venues chart due to Los Bukis’ early-in-the-month double header, while Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo. reigns over venues 5,001-10,000 with a packed month of 26 shows, including Portugal. The Man, Brandi Carlile and Jimmy Buffett, among many others.