The late rock legend Tom Petty wrapped his 40th anniversary tour with the Heartbreakers at the Hollywood Bowl in late September, just days before his untimely death on Oct. 2. His final stand of three concerts at the Los Angeles amphitheater — recently reported to Billboard Boxscore — capped a five-month trek through 36 North American cities that grossed more than $61 million during its run.
The tour commemorating the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member’s four-decade career drew a total of 637,671 fans to 44 headlining performances at arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums in the U.S. and Canada. It debuted on April 20 with a crowd of 12,893 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Hollywood Bowl stint was ultimately the highest-grossing date on the jaunt, with a $5.3 million take from 49,217 sold seats on Sept. 21, 22 and 25. The only other three-show run was in Berkeley, California, in late August at the Hearst Greek Theatre.
The 40th anniversary tour also included three stadium shows including a sold out June 29 concert at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. With more than 40,000 tickets sold at the venue, sales surpassed $4.1 million. Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center logged the highest gross among the arenas on the trek. The tour played the venue on July 1 and again on July 29, earning $2.7 million from 25,189 sold seats.
Petty also made a handful of festival appearances during the summer, among them a headlining slot on the final night of British Summer Time, a six-night festival at London’s Hyde Park. It was his only European event this year, and marked only his second performance in the U.K. in two decades.
The band is on track to potentially rank among the year’s top 25 tours for the first time since 2010 when it ended the year at No. 14 based on $45 million in sales from that year’s summertime trek through North American markets. Petty also landed on the top 25 tours list three other times in the past two decades: 1999, 2005 and 2008.