Tag: Live! Roundup

Duos and Dancers: Live Dates in December

LIVE! ROUNDUP Two tours delivered 13 of the 20 highest-grossing concerts and events reported on the final Hot Tickets of 2020. Australian Christian music duo For King & Country hit the chart with eight concerts, and Americana artists Koe Wetzel and Read Southall scored with five. For King & Country’s shows came as part of its “A Drummer Boy” Christmas drive-in tour supporting a holiday-themed album released in late October. It was a continuation of the duo’s post-shutdown touring efforts in U.S. cities, staged primarily in drive-ins since July. With the latest tally of December events, the group’s overall box-office gross jumped to just over $3 million from 47 reported shows since the summer. During the last half of the year, more than 70,000 fans attended For King & Country’s concerts. Wetzel and Southall toured with an acoustic show during their December trek, which included socially distanced performances at venues […]

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Disney ‘Dreams Big’ With Return to Arena Ice

LIVE! ROUNDUP Disney on Ice returned in November with the launch of a new socially distanced and reduced-capacity arena tour of “Dream Big” beginning with an opening run at American Airlines Center in Dallas, No. 1 on Hot Tickets. The arena hosted 13 performances of the production Nov. 6-15 with overall attendance of 31,244, averaging just over 2,400 a show. Event producer Feld Entertainment implemented extra health safety standards that included pod seating for small groups, distance requirements, face coverings and touch-free payment while in the venue. Christian music duo For King & Country hits the chart with nine November shows set primarily in outdoor drive-in environments. The top grosser was a two-show stint Nov. 28 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, ranked third with $178,653 in sales. On the road stateside this year through Dec. 20, the Australian brothers’ tour supports their first Christmas album, “A Drummer Boy […]

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Roll With the Punches: The Alamodome Brings on the Fight

On Halloween night, San Antonio’s Alamodome welcomed boxing fans inside for the first “Fight Night” since the shutdown of live entertainment eight months ago. Four bouts were featured, including the main event with Gervonta Davis facing Leo Santa Cruz for both the World Boxing Association lightweight and super featherweight titles, a rarity in boxing where titles in two weight classes are on the line. Davis was ultimately the winner with a knockout victory in the sixth round. The Premier Boxing Champions event drew a crowd of 9,024 at the stadium, which had instituted social distancing precautions and lowered the number of tickets available for purchase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fights produced a gross of $1,451,475 to earn the No. 1 ranking on this month’s Hot Tickets chart. The event was also made available on Showtime pay-per-view.   Hot Tickets: December 2020  

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Stringed Excellence: Guitarist, Violinist Shine

STRING THEORY: Ara Malikian (left) had the No. 2 concert on the new Hot Tickets chart; Billy Strings owned the rest of the top four. (Getty Images) Contrasts are stark atop Hot Tickets with performances by two artists in different parts of the world in different settings, one outdoor in the parking lot and the other indoor and socially distanced. The glaring similarity between bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings and Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian, though, is proficiency on a stringed instrument — and headlining the chart’s four highest-grossing concerts. Strings leads the pack with three of the four, all performances from his “Meet Me at the Drive-In” tour. Ranked No. 1 is his three-night engagement Sept. 11-13 in the parking lot at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. With tickets sold for up to four people in 1,307 vehicles, the headcount from all three shows hit 4,624. His $257,156 […]

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Citizens Bank Park Hosts Summer’s Top Grosser

AJR lands at No. 1 on the latest Hot Tickets tally is the highest reported concert gross during the 2020 summer season: $323,496 from a two-night event at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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An Arena Horns In on the Drive-Ins

LIVE! ROUNDUP On a Hot Tickets chart dominated by outdoor drive-in performances, the sole indoor arena event leads the pack with the highest gross among reported shows during July. The socially distanced engagement featuring contestants on the Spanish televised talent competition “Operación Triunfo” is No. 1 with a box office take of $246,187. Madrid’s WiZink Center hosted the event, attended by 4,690 fans with two shows each July 25 and 26. The 2020 edition of the competition marked the show’s 11th season and kicked off Jan. 12. Even though the coronavirus pandemic forced delays in scheduling and ultimately virtual participation, the season finale aired June 10. Finalists from the show, appeared at the live event in Madrid. Ranked second on Hot Tickets is the top grosser among the drive-in shows, a three-night event staged in the City National Grove of Anaheim’s parking lot. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness drew fans […]

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Live! Roundup: A New Normal for Now

With the North American public eager for live entertainment in this pandemic-stricken year, artists, promoters and other concert industry professionals have had to look outside the box to create opportunities for live performing. The most prominent avenue for staging a live show this summer has been the drive-in concert. This month we are able to provide a Hot Tickets chart with the 20 highest-grossing concerts that occurred during the August issue’s reporting period (June 1-30), and 14 of those were staged either in actual drive-in theaters or venue parking lots with an audience watching the show from their own cars. Comedian Bert Kreischer scores the three highest grosses on the chart with June shows from his “Hot Summer Nights” drive-in tour. His top-ranked event was a two-show stint in Indianapolis at Tibbs Drive-In with box-office sales of $143,401. Attendance there totaled 2,842 on June 26. In most drive-in situations, ticket […]

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Live! Roundup — New Year’s Shows: Last Hurrahs for Record-Breaking ’19

In a year that included landmark successes like Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” trek, crowned as the all-time highest-grossing tour, along with a few crash-and-burns — here’s looking at you, Woodstock — 2019’s live scene powered its way to a last hurrah with some top concert draws to ring in the new year. With year-end box office numbers reported during the past month, New Year’s Eve events, most of them multiple-show runs, make an impact on the Hot Tickets charts. Standouts in the largest venue category (More Than 15,000 Capacity) include the top grosser, Phish, with its annual New Year’s Eve run at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. With $6.7 million in sales from four performances, the jam band surpassed its personal best in box office earnings for an end-of-year engagement, the ninth staged at the Manhattan arena during the past decade. Dead & Company scores two of the top 10 […]

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