Guns N' Roses leads the latest slate of Hot Tours (see list below) with box-office grosses reported from stadiums in Australia and New Zealand during a three-week sweep through both countries in February. With eight performances in seven cities during the trek, the band added $38 million in sold ticket revenue to the Not In This Lifetime… Tour's overall gross that now reaches $230 million since its April 2016 launch. (Note: This does not include revenue yet to be reported from seven Asian markets during the first quarter.)
The trek began on Feb. 2 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, the first of two New Zealand cities on the schedule. The venue hosted a sellout crowd - as did Auckland's Western Springs Stadium two days later - to open the run. The first Australian performance was in Brisbane on Feb. 7 at the QSAC Stadium that held a crowd of 39,459. Sydney was the second stop in the country and the only market to offer two shows to fans. ANZ Stadium sold a total of 84,277 tickets for concerts on Feb. 10 and 11. The $9.2 million gross at the Sydney venue is the top grosser Down Under and the fourth-highest overall since the tour began a year ago.
The three stadiums that have grossed more than Sydney also hosted the tour for two shows, but they each surpassed the $10 million mark in ticket sales. MetLife Stadium in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area is tops with $11.6 million last July followed by double show stadium runs during the band's trek through Latin America in November. Estadio River Plate in Buenos Aires logged sales just over $11 million and Allianz Parque in São Paulo grossed $10.7 million.
After departing Australia on Feb. 21, the Not In This Lifetime… Tour rolled on to Singapore (Feb. 25), Bangkok (Feb. 28) and Dubai (March 3). The tour will pick up again on May 27 in Meath, Ireland at Slane Castle. The show has scheduled dates through Sept. 29 in Santiago, Chile.
Three other acts that rank among this week's top 10 Hot Tours also had tour stops during early April in Australia - all in the city of Perth. Dixie Chicks, No. 3 in the tally, land three shows in the recap including a concert at Perth Arena. The country trio performed at the venue for 7,536 fans on April 5 during the six-city Oceania leg of the group's DCX MMXVI World Tour.
Twenty One Pilots, ranked sixth, also played the Perth Arena on April 8, the final date on its seven-show trek through New Zealand and Australia during March and April. Finally, Santana earns the No. 8 Hot Tours ranking with a single performance at the arena attended by a crowd of 7,638. The April 7 concert was the first of the band's five headlining dates in Australia.
HOT TOURS - April 25, 2017 Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported April 18-24 RankACT Total Gross Show Date Range Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts) Total Attendance (Capacity) 1GUNS N' ROSES $38,291,060 Feb. 2-21 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand (1/1) Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand (1/1) QSAC Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (1/1) ANZ Stadium, Sydney (2/2) Melbourne (Australia) Cricket Ground (1/1) Adelaide (Australia) Oval (1/1) Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia (1/1) 341,511 (341,511) 2ERIC CHURCH $2,811,980 April 12-14 i wireless Center, Moline, Ill. (1/1) Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1) BMO Harris Bradley Center, Millwaukee, Wis. (1/1) 44,174 (44,174) 3DIXIE CHICKS $2,032,847 April 5-18 Perth (Australia) Arena (1/0) Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0) Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (1/1) 21,302 (24,222) 4DEF LEPPARD $1,328,480 April 10-12 Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0) Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0) 15,898 (17,673) 5RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS $1,225,612 April 14 Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1) 13,104 (13,104) 6TWENTY ONE PILOTS $998,419 Feb. 4-April 8 Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, S.D. (1/0) Perth (Australia) Arena (1/0) 19,440 (19,882) 7CARLOS VIVES $957,798 April 15-16 Radio City Music Hall, New York (1/1) Rosemont (Ill.) Theatre (1/0) 9,098 (10,271) 8SANTANA $763,552 April 7 Perth (Australia) Arena (1/0) 7,638 (8,145) 9STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT $751,331 Feb. 11-April 23 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla. (1/1) Altria Theater, Richmond, Va. (1/1) 5,547 (5,547) 10GREEN DAY $686,810 April 7 MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/0) 11,659 (11,907)