Concert Pulse: Metallica Storms Top 5; Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney Numbers Trickle In

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Metallica is lost in the music during a show at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 7.

Concert Pulse

Metallica has submitted full reports for the recently concluded European leg of its WorldWired tour and the thrash masters are grossing more than $2 million per market appearance, good enough to get them to No. 4 on this week’s Global Concert Pulse chart.

Metallica has indeed proven itself to be some kind of touring monster, as it is averaging 20,451 tickets per market appearance, at an average ticket price of $104, over 19 reports. The average gross per report is $2.1 million.

The strongest market of the run was Stuttgart, Germany, which grossed $3.3 million off two nights at Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle April 7 and 9, both with sold-out configurations of 14,695.

The WorldWired Tour is next set to rumble through NorthAmerica, starting Sept. 2 in Madison, Wisc., with Jim Breuer opening the shows. They will stay on the continent until March 13.

Metallica was recently honored with the Polar Music Prize in Sweden. The band’s tour through Europe in 2017 was enough to smash existing attendance records.

The leader on this week’s chart is still Justin Timberlake, who is averaging $3.2 million per market appearance, with an average of 22,215 tickets moved in 23 reports. JT is still on the road for a few more North American dates, with The Shadowboxers opening. After that he has a full European leg and a second North American run planned into early 2019.

Another new entry on this week’s chart is the cover band Brit Floyd, which averaged $92,983 per market appearance and moved an average of 1,896 tickets. This got the band to No. 59 on the chart.

The last time Brit Floyd was in the headlines, it was unfortunately due to the death of John Kremitzki after a 25-foot fall through a hole in the stage at a Springfield, Ill., concert.

Other new artists on the chart include: Big K.R.I.T. (No. 92); Steve Earle & The Dukes (No. 96); Hippo Campus (No. 99); and Anthony Kavanagh (No. 100).

Reports From Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney

Although the Concert Pulse requires a minimum submission of 10 reports before they qualify for a position on the chart, our Boxoffice received additional reports for Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour and Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around The Sun tour.

Swift has turned in reports of her two nights at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., May 18-19, CenturyLink Field in Seattle May 22 and Sports Authority Field At Mile High in Denver May 25.

The shows were massive.  The Pasadena shows combined for a gross of nearly $16.3 million, with sold out configurations of 59,042 each night, marking her highest report total to date. Her Seattle show also constituted the biggest single-night gross we have on record for her to date, meaning the absence of Camila Cabello due to illness didn’t hurt sales.

TayTay’s next show is June 1-2 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

While much has been made about Swift’s stadium tour, Kenny Chesney is a touring heavyweight as well and extra impressive because he tours so often. 

His tour, also promoted by Messina Touring Group / AEG Presents, is raking it in. Chesney’s most recent show was at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay opening, for a total gross of more than $5 million, with 51,312 tickets reported. Chesney also took on stadiums in Arlington, Texas; Minneapolis; Milwaukee; and the tour opener at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., which sold 55,292 tickets and grossed more than $6.2 million April 21. 

Chesney also played smaller venues in West Palm Beach, Fla.; The Woodlands, Texas; and Austin, though those were all upward of 10,000-capacity venues. He also managed to gross $1.2 million off two nights at

The country star’s next performance will be at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Ind., May 31.