By Bob Allen, Billboard
U2's world tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, the band's Billboard 200 No. 1 album released in March 1987, grossed $62 million from 10 shows during its first four weeks on the road. That multimillion-dollar sales total easily earns the Irish rockers the No. 1 slot on Billboard's weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list below). With box office results reported by tour promoter Live Nation, the sold ticket count from the first eight stadiums on the schedule reached 519,648. All 10 performances during the opening stretch of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 were sold out.
The tour kicked off in Vancouver on May 12 with a crowd of 45,436 at BC Place Stadium. Single performances followed at stadiums in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Pittsburgh markets as well as two-night stints at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Chicago's Soldier Field.
The Rose Bowl is the top grosser among the opening venues on the trek with ticket sales reaching $15.7 million from shows on May 20 and 21. Attendance at the Los Angeles-area stadium totaled 123,164 during the two-show run. U2's only other headlining appearance at the venue, according to Billboard's Boxscore archives, was during its massive 360° Tour that ran for just over two years beginning at the end of June 2009. The band's concert on Oct. 25 of that year drew 97,014 fans and still owns the all-time record by any solo headliner for highest attendance at a single concert performance.
Soldier Field hosted the tour on June 3 and 4 and logged a $13.4 million gross from 105,078 sold tickets. U2 played the stadium on two of its previous tours, performing three shows each time. The first was in 1997 during the PopMart Tour that visited six continents during a yearlong run. The group performed on three consecutive nights in June during that tour's opening leg. Then 12 years later, the stadium was the first North American venue booked on the 360° Tour. The band played for Chicago fans on Sept. 12 and 13, 2009 and then returned to Soldier Field during the tour's homestretch for a third concert on July 5, 2011.
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will remain in North American cities through July 1 and then hit eight European markets during a three-week span. A second North American leg in September will be followed by a final stand in five Latin American cities in October.
HOT TOURS - June 13, 2017 Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported June 6-12 Rank ACT Total Gross Show Date Range Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts) Total Attendance (Capacity) 1 U2 $62,267,951 May 12-June 7 BC Place Stadium, Vancouver (1/1) CenturyLink Field, Seattle (1/1) Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif. (1/1) Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (2/2) NRG Stadium, Houston (1/1) AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas (1/1) Soldier Field, Chicago (2/2) Heinz Field, Pittsburgh (1/1) 519,648 (519,648) 2 TIM MCGRAW & FAITH HILL $16,350,439 May 4-June 7 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1) Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (2/2) BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1) Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb. (1/1) Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City (1/1) Spokane (Wash.) Arena (1/1) Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, Mont. (2/2) Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (1/1) Moda Center, Portland (1/1) Tacoma (Wash.) Dome (1/1) Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1) Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta (1/1) Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta (1/1) SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/1) Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1) 189,284 (189,284) 3 IRON MAIDEN $10,591,312 May 4-28 Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England (1/1) 3Arena, Dublin (1/1) Manchester (England) Arena (1/0) Sheffield (England) Arena (1/0) First Direct Arena, Leeds, England (1/0) Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England (1/0) SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (1/0) Aberdeen (Scotland) Exhibition & Conference Centre (1/0) Echo Arena, Liverpool, England (1/1) Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England (1/1) Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales (1/0) O2 Arena, London (2/2) 150,529 (158,219) 4 ANDRÉ RIEU $6,218,951 March 30-June 3 Antares, Le Mans, France (1/0) Zenith, Paris (1/0) Zenith, Lille, France (1/0) Zenith, Strasbourg, France (1/0) Galaxie, Amneville, France (1/0) Zenith, Dijon, France (1/0) Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, France (1/0) O2 Arena, Prague (1/1) Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria (1/0) Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland (1/0) Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland (1/1) Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland (1/0) Royal Arena, Copenhagen (1/0) Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark (1/0) 79,830 (91,048) 5 THE WEEKND $5,715,340 May 6-June 4 Toyota Center, Houston (1/1) Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/1) Bell Centre, Montreal (1/0) Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/1) 56,870 (58,278) 6 JASON ALDEAN $5,421,968 April 27-June 4 Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio (1/1) Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis. (1/1) Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (1/0) Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill. (1/0) Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. (1/0) Budweiser Stage, Toronto (1/1) Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y. (1/0) Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y. (1/0) 111,235 (121,349) 7 TOOL $3,813,537 May 25-June 2 Giant Center, Hershey, Pa. (1/1) Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y. (1/1) FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario (1/1) Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1) 48,808 (48,808) 8 DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES $3,447,854 May 11-22 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1) BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wis. (1/0) Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1) Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio (1/0) 44,186 (46,130) 9 CHRIS BROWN $2,184,065 April 1-May 4 Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (1/0) Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (1/0) Toyota Center, Houston (1/0) 27,019 (38,747) 10 GLORIA TREVI VS. ALEJANDRA GUZMÁN $2,158,650 June 3-4 Staples Center, Los Angeles (2/0) 26,269 (26,938)
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