Charlie Wilson has hit the road behind the February release of his new RCA album In It To Win It, with concerts booked stateside through mid-May. The veteran R&B singer heads up the latest list of the week's top 10 Hot Tours based on box office counts reported from the first 16 arenas on the trek.
Produced by AEG Presents, the North American jaunt launched on Feb. 8 at the Constant Center in Norfolk, Va., with Fantasia and Johnny Gill onboard as special guests. Ticket sales from the first 16 markets totaled more than $8.1 million based on an overall sold ticket count of 121,155.
The best box office results were logged at Atlanta's Philips Arena with a sold-out performance on March 4 and 12,236 fans in attendance, the highest on the tour so far. A gross of $791,321 at the 20,000-seat arena is also tops among the venues included in this tally. Other than Atlanta, sellouts were also reported at arena dates in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Memphis, Detroit, St. Louis, Newark, N.J. and Greensboro, N.C. The final performance of the winter/spring run is set for May 14 at Charlotte's Bojangles' Coliseum.
Wilson's last AEG-promoted tour came just two years ago following the release of his Grammy Award-nominated album Forever Charlie that bowed in January of 2015. He kicked off a four-month stretch of shows in February of that year, grossing $20 million from over a quarter-million sold tickets. With R&B singers Kem and Joe providing support, his Forever Charlie tour played 38 shows in 37 U.S. cities.
HOT TOURS - March 21, 2017 Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported March 14-20 RankACT Total Gross Show Date Range Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts) Total Attendance (Capacity) 1CHARLIE WILSON $8,150,633 Feb. 10-March 5 Constant Center, Norfolk, Va. (1/0) Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1) KeyBank Center, Buffalo, N.Y. (1/0) Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1) Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (1/0) Joe Louis Arena, Detroit (1/1) Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (1/0) Bridgestone Arena, Nashville (1/0) Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Ark. (1/0) Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis (1/1) United Center, Chicago (1/1) U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati (1/0) Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (1/0) Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum (1/1) Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1) FedExForum, Memphis (1/1) 121,155 (126,133) 2ERIC CHURCH $5,963,504 March 7-18 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1) SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/1) Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1) Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/1) Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1) Moda Center, Portland (1/1) Spokane (Wash.) Arena (1/1) Tacoma (Wash.) Dome (1/1) 106,435 (106,435) 3RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS $4,649,305 Jan. 5-March 15 AT&T Center, San Antonio (1/0) American Airlines Center, Dallas (1/0) Oracle Arena, Oakland (1/1) Moda Center, Portland (1/1) 54,930 (56,089) 4TWENTY ONE PILOTS $4,313,180 Jan. 18-31 Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, Conn. (1/0) Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (1/0) Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/0) PPL Center, Allentown, Pa. (1/0) PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh (1/0) United Center, Chicago (1/0) i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/0) Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis. (1/0) 85,951 (87,838) 5KINGS OF LEON $2,801,508 Jan. 13-28 TD Garden, Boston (1/0) Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia (1/0) Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1) The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/0) 48,998 (57,136) 6MALUMA $2,763,099 March 2-19 State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas (1/1) Revention Music Center, Houston (1/1) El Paso (Texas) County Coliseum (1/0) Majestic Theatre, Dallas (1/1) House of Blues, Orlando (1/1) The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach, Fla. (2/2) Fox Theatre, Atlanta (1/0) Rosemont (Ill.) Theatre (1/1) Hammerstein Ballroom, New York (1/1) EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Va. (1/0) House of Blues, Boston (1/1) 37,554 (41,422) 7BLAKE SHELTON $2,214,656 March 9-11 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento (1/1) SAP Center, San Jose (1/1) Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/0) 36,429 (41,053) 8TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA $2,195,871 Dec. 31 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland (2/0) KeyArena, Seattle, Wash. (2/0) 41,517 (51,824) 9DON HENLEY $2,102,858 Jan. 20-March 10 Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock, Ark. (1/0) Fox Theatre, Atlanta (1/0) Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla. (1/0) Hard Rock Live at Seminole Casino, Hollywood, Fla. (1/0) ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney (1/0) 20,102 (21,305) 10GREEN DAY $2,005,875 Feb. 2-March 19 Vorst Nationaal, Brussels (1/0) Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/1) Constant Center, Norfolk, Va. (1/0) Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1) 35,333 (35,531)