Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Joel & John Top Latest Concert Tally

Co-headliners Billy Joel and Elton John top the Hot Tours ranking with totals from two venues on their 2009 "Face2Face" tour. Although a majority of their dates have been arena performances, a couple of stadiums were also on the schedule this summer, including a stop at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass on July 18. More than 52,000 fans filled the stadium for a sold out performance grossing over $6.2 million. A sellout at Columbus, Ohio's Nationwide Arena rounds out the duo's reported take. With shows in Buffalo (July 24) and Albany (July 27) postponed due to Joel being ill with the flu, the pair hopes to resume, and conclude, the current leg of the tour with their other stadium stop, Philadelphia's Citizen's Bank Ballpark on July 30 and August 1.

Outdoor performances in Ireland place Rod Stewart among the top-grossing touring artists with sellout crowds at two venues. Dublin's RDS Arena was the site for a July 5th performance with over 25,000 fans in attendance, and Thomond Park, a rugby stadium in Limerick hosted a sellout crowd the night before.