Bruce Springsteen heads up the weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list below) based on ticket sales from his latest tour with the E Street Band that played markets in Australia and New Zealand during January and February. Grosses totaled $38 million from 12 performances in seven Australian venues followed by concerts at two stadiums in New Zealand. Attendance reached 261,184 at all events during the five-week run titled the Summer '17 Tour.
The Oceania trek began in the city of Perth that hosted the rock legend for three nights: Jan. 22, 25 and 27. Each show was a sellout with 39,957 fans in attendance during the run. Perth Arena was the only venue on the tour that staged three performances, but The Boss also made double-show stops in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The Melbourne engagement, a stadium date at the 30,000-seat AAMI Park earned the top gross of $7.3 million from over 51,000 fans on Feb. 2 and 4.
He also made return engagements to two outdoor Australian destinations that he visited during his last two tours to the region. A sold out concert on Feb. 11 drew 19,644 fans to the Hanging Rock Recreation Reserve located north of Melbourne. His last appearance there was during the Wrecking Ball Tour in March 2013. The second outdoor location was Hope Estate Winery in Hunter Valley near Sydney where he performed for a sellout crowd on Feb. 18. His last concert at the venue was three years ago during the High Hopes Tour.
Springsteen has grossed over $102 million in Australia and New Zealand on the three tours that have visited the continent during the past five years. More than 686,000 tickets were sold for 37 performances at 10 venues during that span. Gross and attendance comparisons among the three tours show slightly higher averages on 2014's High Hopes trek compared to Wrecking Ball and the recent Summer '17 jaunt.
The average gross per show on High Hopes was about $2.9 million with attendance averaging 20,000. This year's averages were in the $2.7 million range per night with 18,500 in attendance. Both tours included stadium shows in both Melbourne and Auckland and primarily arenas elsewhere.
The Wrecking Ball Tour in 2013 played four Australian markets with no stadium dates, averaging $2.5 million and about 15,000 fans per show.
HOT TOURS - March 7, 2017 Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported Feb. 28-March 6 RankACT Total Gross Show Date Range Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts) Total Attendance (Capacity) 1BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN $37,972,463 Jan. 22-Feb. 25 Perth (Australia) Arena (3/3) Adelaide (Australia) Entertainment Centre (1/1) AAMI Park, Melbourne (2/1) Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (2/1) Hanging Rock, Woodend, Australia (1/1) Brisbane (Australia) Entertainment Centre (2/2) Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley, Australia (1/1) AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand (1/1) Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand (1/0) 261,184 (270,717) 2ANDRÉ RIEU $9,039,126 Jan. 7-Feb. 23 Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (1/0) Paleis 12, Brussels (1/0) Olympiahalle, Munich (1/0) BigBox, Kempten, Germany (1/1) Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart (1/0) Donau-Arena, Regensburg, Germany (1/1) Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany (1/0) TUI Arena, Hannover, Germany (1/0) Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany (1/0) KönigPalast, Krefeld, Germany (1/0) Saarlandhalle, Saarbrucken, Germany (1/1) SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany (1/0) Ratiopharm Arena, Neu-Ulm, Germany (1/0) Arena Nuremberg (Germany) (1/0) GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany (1/0) Stadthalle, Zwickau, Germany (1/0) Festhalle, Frankfurt (1/0) Arena Trier (Germany) (1/0) Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany (1/0) Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany (1/0) Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany (1/0) Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (1/0) Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0) Halle Munsterland, Munster, Germany (1/0) Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg (1/0) Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Germany (1/0) 121,525 (136,617) 3RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS $5,622,700 Feb. 10-18 KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/1) Madison Square Garden, New York (3/3) 59,886 (59,886) 4ERIC CHURCH $3,752,441 Feb. 23-28 Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis (1/1) Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/1) Palace of Auburn Hills (Mich.) (1/1) Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1) 63,622 (63,622) 5BLAKE SHELTON $3,595,536 Feb. 16-25 Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif. (1/1) The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/0) Moda Center, Portland (1/0) Spokane (Wash.) Arena (1/0) Tacoma (Wash.) Arena (1/0) 58,142 (60,994) 6DRAKE $2,797,620 Feb. 11-12 Manchester (England) Arena (2/0) 28,719 (28,921) 7ROD STEWART $2,695,020 Feb. 26-27 O2 Arena, London (2/0) 29,427 (31,359) 8TWENTY ONE PILOTS $2,684,544 Feb. 3-March 3 INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan. (1/0) BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1) Birmingham (Ala.) Jefferson Convention Complex (1/1) Smoothie King Center, New Orleans (1/1) Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/1) 60,674 (60,813) 9MIGUEL BOSÉ $1,615,923 Feb. 16-18 Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (3/0) 28,400 (28,860) 10BLACK SABBATH $1,336,720 Jan. 22 Manchester (England) Arena (1/0) 14,886 (15,425)