Prior to his sold-out show at Staples Center, Los Angeles, on March 24, Vicente Fernandez is met by Emily Simonitsch, Sr. VP of talent for Live Nation; Christy Butcher, vice president of events at Staples Center; and Lee Zeidman, GM, Staples Center.

A couple of enormous grosses for one-off shows stood out in this week's chart. George Strait capped off Rodeo Houston with his March 17 performance at Reliant Stadium at Reliant Park. More than 80,000 people attended the show, which is part of Strait's farewell tour. The single performance grossed more than $8 million. Next up for Strait is a show at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M., April 5. Vicente Fernandez had a huge date at Staples Center in Los Angeles, bringing more than 17,000 fans out on March 24. The king of Mexico's ranchera music grossed more than $3.1 million. Fernandez continues through California in April, with shows at Selland Arena in Fresno on April 12, Stockton Arena on April 13, and HP Pavilion in San Jose on April 14.

Mike Tyson scored a knock-out with his Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth show. The one-man show, directed by film maker Spike Lee, landed on our Hot Tickets chart for its run at Los Angeles' Pantages Theater. More than 7,000 attendees came over three performances, with tickets starting at just $25 for a gross of more than $400,000. Next, Tyson heads to Peabody Opera House in St. Louis for an April 5 show, and stops in Detroit the next night for a performance at Fox Theatre.

HOT TICKETS is a weekly summary of the top acts and ticket sales as reported to VT PULSE. Following are the top 20 concerts and events, the top 5 in each seating capacity category, which took place between March 6-27.

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1) George Strait
Gross Sales: $8,181,310; Venue: Reliant Stadium at Reliant Park, Houston; Attendance: 80,020; Ticket Range: $150-$25; Promoter: The Messina Group, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo; Dates: March 17; No. of Shows: 1

2) Justin Bieber
Gross Sales: $5,096,537; Venue: O2 Arena, London; Attendance: 58,479; Ticket Range: $90.99-$75.73; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: March 4-8; No. of Shows: 4

3) Vicente Fernandez
Gross Sales: $3,154,530; Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles; Attendance: 17,328; Ticket Range: $250-$40; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: March 24; No. of Shows: 1

4) George Strait
Gross Sales: $1,706,205; Venue: Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum; Attendance: 20,910; Ticket Range: $89.50-$49.50; Promoter: AEG Live, The Messina Group; Dates: March 23; No. of Shows: 1

5) Country 2 Country Festival
Gross Sales: $1,453,097; Venue: O2 Arena, London; Attendance: 17,152; Ticket Range: $98.58-$53.08; Promoter: SJM Concerts; Dates: March 16-17; No. of Shows: 2

 

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1) George Strait
Gross Sales: $1,338,435; Venue: Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, S.C.; Attendance: 15,618; Ticket Range: $89.50-$69.50; Promoter: AEG Live, The Messina Group; Dates: March 22; No. of Shows: 1

2) The Jacksons
Gross Sales: $626,843; Venue: Sydney Entertainment Centre; Attendance: 5,305; Ticket Range: $417.24-$93.07; Promoter: UAE Presents; Dates: March 16; No. of Shows: 1

3) Russell Peters
Gross Sales: $422,831; Venue: Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand; Attendance: 6,480; Ticket Range: $108.43-$75.04; Promoter: Adrian Bohm Presents; Dates: March 13; No. of Shows: 1

4) Miranda Lambert
Gross Sales: $410,394; Venue: Jacksonville (Fla.) Veterans Memorial Arena; Attendance: 9,365; Ticket Range: $49.75-$25; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: March 16; No. of Shows: 1

5) Mike Epps
Gross Sales: $375,403; Venue: The Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis; Attendance: 6,718; Ticket Range: $101-$44.50; Promoter: Spirit of Excellence Church of God in Christ; Dates: March 9; No. of Shows: 1

 

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1) Kenny Chesney
Gross Sales: $1,229,450; Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.; Attendance: 14,604; Ticket Range: $130-$100; Promoter: Live Nation, AEG Live, The Messina Group; Dates: March 22-23; No. of Shows: 2

2) Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championship
Gross Sales: $276,846; Venue: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas; Attendance: 15,687; Ticket Range: $300-$135; Promoter: Western Athletic Conference; Dates: March 12-16; No. of Shows: 10

3) Miranda Lambert
Gross Sales: $247,194; Venue: Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.; Attendance: 5,706; Ticket Range: $49.75-$25; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: March 15; No. of Shows: 1

4) Glenn Frey
Gross Sales: $220,612; Venue: CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand; Attendance: 2,005; Ticket Range: $136.16-$82.49; Promoter: Event Entertainment; Dates: March 9; No. of Shows: 1

5) Coheed & Cambria
Gross Sales: $214,403; Venue: Radio City Music Hall, New York; Attendance: 4,663; Ticket Range: $64.50-$30; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: March 16; No. of Shows: 1

 

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1) Shania Twain
Gross Sales: $2,377,550; Venue: Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; Attendance: 16,540; Ticket Range: $250-$55; Promoter: Concerts West, AEG Live, Caesars Entertainment; Dates: March 19-24; No. of Shows: 4

2) War Horse
Gross Sales: $1,006,945; Venue: Keller Auditorium, Portland, Ore.; Attendance: 18,953; Ticket Range: $108.25-$35.50; Promoter: US Bank Broadway Across America Portland; Dates: Feb. 26-March 10; No. of Shows: 8

3) La Traviata
Gross Sales: $609,376; Venue: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta; Attendance: 8,777; Ticket Range: $131-$24; Promoter: The Atlanta Opera; Dates: March 2-10; No. of Shows: 4

4) Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth
Gross Sales: $426,112; Venue: Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles; Attendance: 7,125; Ticket Range: $500-$25; Promoter: Nederlander; Dates: March 8-10; No. of Shows: 3

5) Leonard Cohen
Gross Sales: $416,287; Venue: Fox Theatre, Atlanta; Attendance: 3,420; Ticket Range: $247.50-$46.50; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: March 22; No. of Shows: 1

 

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[U+2028]The Weekly Hot Tickets chart is compiled by Josh Huckabee. To submit reports, e-mail HotTickets@venuestoday.com or fax to (714) 378-0040.
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