Chart Scene: My Chemical Romance Debuts On LIVE75 With North American Tour
My Chemical Romance debuts on LIVE75 as the “Hot Shot” touring artist at No. 14, the highest ranking for a new entry. The band hits the chart based on box office results from the first three arenas on their current tour’s North American leg that began on Aug. 20 after a 20-show run through Europe earlier this year.
Planned for 2020 but postponed twice because of the pandemic, the group’s “Reunion” tour followed a one-off concert in Los Angeles in December 2019 that marked their first appearance together since a March 2013 breakup. The long-awaited tour finally launched in the UK on May 16 and racked up $20 million from 283,536 sold tickets at 15 venues in Europe through mid-June.
The “Reunion” tour’s first three North American dates at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, San Antonio’s AT&T Center and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville moved 34,818 tickets for an average of 11,606 per night. The gross from all three venues totaled $6.1 million.
On the Artist Power Index, the top-ranked chart debut belongs to Japanese artist Joji who appears in the No. 37 position following U.S. dates on his “Smithereens” tour. He performed at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Sept. 2 along with openers Rei Brown and SavageRealm as well as a Sept. 6 event at WaMu Theater in Seattle. Country artist Sam Hunt also debuts on APX, earning the No. 50 ranking with recent live appearances including an Aug. 19 show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut attended by 7,061 fans.
Justin Bieber takes the No. 7 ranking on the Artist Power Index, returning to the lineup for the first time since the July 4 issue after resuming his “Justice” world tour with dates in Europe in August, following postponements while he was recovering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome. However, after his appearance on Sept. 4 at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil, he called off the rest of his tour to focus on his health.
Touring heavyweights Ed Sheeran and Bad Bunny remain continuing forces on both charts based on box office results from their current treks, both destined to greatly impact Pollstar’s overall tour rankings for 2022. Sheeran has a firm hold at the No. 1 position on both charts this week based on ticket sales during his “Mathematics” tour, while Bad Bunny’s multimillion-dollar grosses from venues on his “World’s Hottest Tour” earn “Heavy Hitter” status on LIVE75 for a third consecutive week.
Earning Sheeran a 55,483-ticket average on LIVE75 were multiple shows at Gothenburg, Sweden’s Ullevi Stadium, Ørstedsparken in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stade de France in Paris. From eight concerts at thosae venues, he grossed $35.8 million for a gross average topping $4.4 million.
Bad Bunny’s 9-show ticket and gross averages were earned at stadiums in seven U.S. cities. The highest ticket count among them was recorded at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium with a total of 103,820 tickets moved Aug. 12-13.
LIVE75’s “Breakthrough” classification goes to Los Angeles rapper Blxst who scores the No. 64 ranking based on ticket sales from 22 concerts on his “Before You Go” headlining tour that played North American venues in July and August. With a sellout percentage of 94% at all venues, he averaged 1,641 sold seats per show including a two-show stint at the Hollywood Palladium with 7,095 hometown fans Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
Among his best-attended performances on the road were an Aug. 8 show at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City with 3,515 tickets, a show on the 4th at Toronto’s History with 2,349 in attendance and an Aug. 14 event at The Tabernacle in Atlanta with 2,246 sold tickets. All five performances were sellouts.