Rod Stewart Tops Hot Tours With Vegas Run

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Veteran rocker Rod Stewart takes the No. 1 ranking on the weekly Hot Tours recap with more than $4 million in reported grosses from his third multiple-show run this year at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. 

His November stand at the 4,000-seat concert venue drew 33,213 fans at nine performances from Nov. 6 through 24.  He also did nine Vegas shows during the first two months of 2013 and seven more in July and August.  Altogether this year, he performed 25 nights at the Colosseum with ticket sales totaling $11.6 million.  Since his first run of shows at the Caesars Palace venue three years ago, he has played a total of 68 concerts with box office grosses topping $34 million.

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Stewart’s touring efforts in 2013 were centered primarily in European markets from June through early October, but his Live the Life tour also included a string of North American arena dates during the fall that were originally scheduled for April, but postponed until October and December.  His tour is set to wrap for the year this coming weekend with a final show on Dec. 15 in Toronto.

Mexican Latin pop singer Alejandro Fernández enters the Hot Tours tally in the No. 2 slot with $1.3 million in revenue reported from the last two U.S. venues on his Confidencias world tour that wrapped for the year on Dec. 8.  San Jose (Calif.) State University’s Event Center Arena hosted the Latin Grammy winner for a Dec. 6 performance with almost 4,000 in attendance, and the following two evenings he played to 12,550 fans in Los Angeles at the NOKIA Theatre.  Fernández sold 25,000 tickets at two venues in his home country earlier this fall.  Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City hosted the tour on Oct. 26 and Nov. 7, and he played Auditorio Banamex in Monterrey on Nov. 9.  The Confidencias tour includes music from his ranchera roots as well as his pop hits.

Jay Z lands at No. 3 in the Hot Tours ranking with a single sold out performance from the North American leg of his Magna Carter world tour that is set to play 33 cities in the U.S. and Canada through the end of January.  The rapper’s Dec. 9 performance in Los Angeles enters this week’s tally with $1.3 million in sales from a packed arena crowd of 13,380 at Staples Center.  The tour launched in early October with a four-week jaunt through Europe, with the North American leg commencing on Nov. 30 in St. Paul.

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