Hot Tickets for January 29, 2014

Country reigns supreme, but rap gives a run for the money

  • by Jessica Boudevin
  • Published: January 28, 2014

george.jpgGeorge Strait performs during a sold-out concert at Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., Feb. 16.

King George's reign continues. George Strait is in the final few months of his farewell tour, and the crowds are responding in big numbers. The country icon made the Hot Tickets list three times this week, with the most succesful show being a Jan. 18 performance at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., that grossed more than $1.7 million. The tour, promoted by AEG Live and The Messina Group, next stops at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Jan. 30, and heads to San Diego's Valley View Casino Center the next night.

Country music had a strong overall showing on this week's Hot Tickets, with eight of the 20 shows on the chart. Keith Urban earned a gross of more than $650,000 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario, Jan. 23. Now, fresh off a Grammy performance, Urban plays Madison Square Garden in New York, Jan. 29, and Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Jan.31. Lady Antebellum charted with two shows that brought out more than 5,000 fans each. Ticket prices for the Jan.19 show at Don Barnett Arena at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, S.D., ranged $50-$75. The group heads to Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Jan. 30, and continues to TD Garden in Boston the next night. Shania Twain continues her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and Zac Brown Band also hit the Strip with two shows, Jan.11-12, at The Joint. Tickets for ZBB's shows began at $100. Next, the group heads to UTC McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn., Jan. 29, Columbus (Ga.) Civic Center, Jan. 30, and James Brown Arena in Augusta, Ga., Jan. 31.

Jay Z and wife, Beyonce, turned heads with a hot performance that opened the Grammy Awards. The televised appearance comes in the middle of Jay Z's Magna Carter World Tour, during which he grossed more than $1 million at Bell Centre in Montreal, Jan. 24. The rapper's Roc Nation-promoted show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., brought out nearly 7,000 fans. Next, he heads to Wells Fargo Center, Jan. 29, before continuing to First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 30.


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 Dec. 31, 2013-Jan. 28, 2014.

15,001 or More Seats

10,001-15,000 Seats

5,001-10,000 Seats

5,000 or Fewer Seats






1) Bute vs. Pascal (Boxing)
Gross Sales: $2,837,623; Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal; Attendance: 16,867; Ticket Range: $1,139.75-$45.59; Promoter: evenko, GYM, Interboxe; Dates: Jan. 18; No. of Shows: 1

2) Billy Joel
Gross Sales: $2,806,013; Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Attendance: 16,470; Ticket Range: $199.50-$64.50; Promoter: In-house; Dates: Dec. 31, 2013; No. of Shows: 1

3) George Strait, Eric Church
Gross Sales: $1,722,814; Venue: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.; Attendance: 18,264; Ticket Range: $99.50-$79.50; Promoter: The Messina Group, AEG Live; Dates: Jan. 18; No. of Shows: 1

4) George Strait, Eric Church
Gross Sales: $1,623,983; Venue: Centurylink Center, Omaha, Neb.; Attendance: 17,486; Ticket Range: $96.50-$75.50; Promoter: The Messina Group, AEG Live; Dates: Jan. 17; No. of Shows: 1

5) Jay Z
Gross Sales: $1,004,425; Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal; Attendance: 11,282; Ticket Range: $134.42-$29.12; Promoter: evenko, Live Nation; Dates: Jan. 24; No. of Shows: 1









1) George Strait, Jason Aldean
Gross Sales: $1,325,055; Venue: Centurylink Center, Bossier City, La.; Attendance: 13,957; Ticket Range: $98.50-$76.50; Promoter: The Messina Group, AEG Live; Dates: Jan. 9; No. of Shows: 1



2) Keith Urban
Gross Sales: $655,157; Venue: Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario; Attendance: 8,626; Ticket Range: $78.33-$62.22; Promoter: Live Nation; Dates: Jan. 23; No. of Shows: 1



3) Lady Antebellum
Gross Sales: $333,743; Venue: Don Barnett Arena at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, S.D.; Attendance: 5,097; Ticket Range: $75-$49.75; Promoter: Frank Productions; Dates: Jan. 19; No. of Shows: 1

4) Lady Antebellum
Gross Sales: $305,543; Venue: Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center Arena; Attendance: 5,125; Ticket Range: $75-$25; Promoter: Frank Productions, In-house; Dates: Jan. 10; No. of Shows: 1



5) The Rock and Worship Roadshow
Gross Sales: $101,409; Venue: Spokane (Wash.) Arena; Attendance: 8,994; Ticket Range: $10; Promoter: Rush Concerts; Dates: Jan. 11; No. of Shows: 1









1) Jay Z
Gross Sales: $880,727; Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.; Attendance: 6,911; Ticket Range: $149-$119; Promoter: Roc Nation; Dates: Jan. 17; No. of Shows: 1

2) Cirque du Soleil Varekai
Gross Sales: $672,860; Venue: Rogers K-Rock Centre, Kingston, Ontario; Attendance: 10,318; Ticket Range: $140.36-$28.44; Promoter: Cirque du Soleil; Dates: Jan. 17-20; No. of Shows: 7

3) The Whispers, Stephanie Mills
Gross Sales: $220,880; Venue: Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles; Attendance: 4,343; Ticket Range: $99.50-$35; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: Jan. 19; No. of Shows: 1



4) Bowzer’s Ultimate Doo-Wop Party
Gross Sales: $194,345; Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.; Attendance: 6,141; Ticket Range: $35-$25; Promoter: Jon Bauman Productions; Dates: Jan. 19; No. of Shows: 1

5) Cirque Celebration
Gross Sales: $170,575; Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.; Attendance: 7,365; Ticket Range: $25; Promoter: Cirque Tours; Dates: Dec. 31, 2013; No. of Shows: 1









1) Cirque du Soleil Kooza
Gross Sales: $13,876,401; Venue: Big Top Tent at Cirque en Chantier, Paris; Attendance: 141,502; Ticket Range: $149.16-$42.04; Promoter: Cirque du Soleil, Live Nation; Dates: Nov. 23, 2013-Jan. 19; No. of Shows: 77

2) The Wizard of Oz
Gross Sales: $1,527,933; Venue: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Attendance: 26,193; Ticket Range: $89.50-$34.50; Promoter: Broadway Across America; Dates: Jan. 7-19; No. of Shows: 16

3) Shania Twain
Gross Sales: $1,434,025; Venue: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; Attendance: 12,425; Ticket Range: $250-$55; Promoter: Concerts West, AEG Live, Caesars Entertainment; Dates: Jan. 22-26; No. of Shows: 4

4) Zac Brown Band
Gross Sales: $682,564; Venue: The Joint, Las Vegas; Attendance: 6,395; Ticket Range: $299.50-$99.50; Promoter: AEG Live; Dates: Jan. 11-12; No. of Shows: 2

5) Blue Man Group
Gross Sales: $398,203; Venue: The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas; Attendance: 7,122; Ticket Range: $70-$25; Promoter: In-house; Dates: Jan. 3-4; No. of Shows: 4





The Weekly Hot Tickets chart is compiled by Daniel Gray. To submit reports, e-mail HotTickets@venuestoday.com or fax to (714) 378-0040.

 

  • by Jessica Boudevin
  • Published: January 28, 2014