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Shania Twain's Farewell Tour Launches With Sell-Out Shows


Billboard
By Bob Allen
July 16, 2015


Shania Twain leads the pack on the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) with the first box office stats reported from her third major tour – and her first in 11 years - dubbed Rock This Country, set to visit 60 North American cities through October.

The country/pop star grabs the No. 1 ranking based on $19.3 million in sales from 15 shows at the first 11 venues on the 18-week jaunt.

Marketed as her farewell tour, Rock This Country launched in Seattle on June 5, but headed next to Vancouver to begin a 13-show stretch in nine Canadian cities through June 28. Two days later at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Twain kicked off a run through 34 U.S. arenas that will continue through late August.

The Rock This Country tour’s initial ticket on sale date was in March, but in May a fall North American leg was announced, adding 19 more concerts during September and October. An international trek has been rumored for next spring and summer, but a tour extension into 2016 has not yet been announced.

Twain last toured 11 years ago behind the 2002 release of her fourth -- and most recent -- album Up!. That trek ran from the fall of 2003 through the following summer with jaunts through both North America and Europe grossing $87 million from 96 reported shows. Most recently, she appeared in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace with Still the One, her residency production that ran from Dec. 1, 2012 through Dec. 13, 2014. Sales from 105 performances reached $43 million from 346,021 sold tickets during the two-year run.

Landing in the No. 2 slot among the 10 top-grossing tours of the week, U2’s Innocence + Experience tour brought in $15.7 million from 133,434 fans at the two most recent venues reported. Chicago’s United Center hosted the iconic rock band for five sold out performances between June 24 and July 2, logging a gross of $11.3 million. A two-night engagement in Toronto, attended by a crowd of 38,364, added $4.4 million to the tour’s overall sales total that currently tops $48 million since launching in May. The sold ticket count now registers 432,457 after 24 performances on the North American leg that continues through the end of July. A fall trek in Europe will follow, beginning on September 4 and wrapping on November 15.

Eric Church’s bustling summer on the road not only includes headlining dates on his Outsiders world tour but also appearances on Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival tour and a host of North American fair and festival shows and other events. The country artist claims this week’s third place ranking with Outsiders tour dates at outdoor venues in two states. First is a concert at the Amphitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala. that drew a sellout crowd of 10,021 on June 12. Also in the mix is a concert at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine with 11,869 fans present on July 9. 

Rank ACT
  Total Gross
  Show Date Range
  Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
  Total Attendance (Capacity)
   
1 SHANIA TWAIN
  $19,337,657
  June 5-30
  KeyArena, Seattle (1/1)
  Rogers Arena, Vancouver (2/2)
  Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (2/2)
  SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1/1)
  MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (1/1)
  Budweiser Gardens, London, Ontario (2/2)
  FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ontario (1/1)
  Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
  Wesley Clover Field, Ottawa, Ontario (1/1)
  Bell Centre, Montreal (1/1)
  Madison Square Garden, New York (1/1)
  193,249 (193,249)
   
2 U2
  $15,794,778
  June 24-July 7
  United Center, Chicago (5/5)
  Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
  133,434 (133,434)
   
3 ERIC CHURCH
  $1,181,382
  June 12-July 9
  Amphitheater at the Wharf, Orange Beach, Ala. (1/1)
  Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine (1/0)
  21,890 (23,765)
   
4 DEF LEPPARD
  $530,470
  July 5
  Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
  7,030 (7,075)
   
5 JAMES TAYLOR
  $486,031
  July 7
  Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, Maine (1/1)
  5,993 (5,993)
   
6 ROB THOMAS
  $322,569
  June 12-20
  The Colosseum at Caesars, Windsor, Ontario (1/0)
  Harrah’s Stir Concert Cove, Council Bluffs, Iowa (1/0)
  6,850 (8,934)
   
7 LINDSEY STIRLING
  $251,965
  May 23-26
  Big Sky Brewery, Missoula, Mont. (1/1)
  Outlaw Field, Boise, Idaho (1/1)
  8,500 (8,500)
   
8 SLAYER
  $181,039
  June 16-17
  The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y. (2/2)
  3,146 (3,146)
   
9 HOZIER
  $170,352
  June 14
  Horseshoe Casino, The Shoe, Cincinnati (1/1)
  4,056 (4,056)
   
10 "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC
  $140,625
  June 26
  The Colosseum at Caesars, Windsor, Ontario(1/0)
  3,714 (4,934)

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