Eagles ‘Hotel California Tour’ Grosses $250 Million In North America
With an April 8 performance at Baltimore’s newly renovated CFG Bank Arena, Eagles completed the “Hotel California Tour” that commemorated the band’s iconic 1976 album with all its songs played beginning to end, along with a set of the group’s greatest hits. With 90 concerts performed in North American markets, combined grosses show a total box-office haul in the $250 million range, according to ticket sales figures reported to Pollstar.
Promoted by Live Nation, the trek drew over 1 million fans during its run and featured ticket prices ranging from a low of $99 at many venues to highs that stretched from $445 to $770 at some of the arenas on the schedule.
The tour was announced shortly after the band first performed the album in its entirety at three concerts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in late September and early October of 2019. Those shows, featuring a backing orchestra and chorus, racked up a gross of $18.6 million with a ticket total of 37,578. Tickets for the event were priced from $179 to a high of $1,500.
The first announcement of the subsequent tour came just days after the Vegas event and initially included a schedule with six cities tapped for an early 2020 run. Like most of the concert tours originally planned for that year, only a portion of the shows were completed before the pandemic shutdown. The rest were postponed until 2021, followed by additional dates that were added. Ultimately the tour included performances at venues in 50 U.S. cities and six in Canada in a trek that spanned three years and two months.
The band hit the road in February 2020 and began the tour with a three-show stint at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Feb. 7, 8 and 11. Attendance at the concerts totaled 39,375 with a combined gross of $8.9 million. Only seven more shows were performed, however, before the tour was postponed due to the shutdown. Those dates included a three-night stint at New York’s Madison Square Garden as well as two shows at American Airlines Center in Dallas and another two at Houston’s Toyota Center.
The tour resumed on Aug. 24, 2021, with another multiple-night run at Madison Square Garden, this time with two shows and a ticket count of 22,652 for a $5.4 million gross. The New York City arena hosted the tour for a total of five performances and ultimately produced the second-highest gross sum among all the venues on the trek with a total take of $16.1 million.
MGM Grand Garden Arena had the top box-office haul with $22.4 million overall from the three shows in 2019 as well as a fourth performance on May 28, 2022. The Garden had the highest ticket count, though, among all the venues with 63,710 sold at all five shows, while the Las Vegas arena’s attendance reached 47,998.
Other arenas with the highest overall grosses were American Airlines Center with $12.3 million from their two early shows in 2020 along with two more performances in September 2021. The Dallas arena’s ticket count topped out at 45,836.
State Farm Arena grossed $12 million at a total of four shows – three to launch the tour in 2020 and another sellout on March 4, 2022. The combined attendance at all shows reached 50,094.
Toyota Center had a gross that totaled $9.6 million from three performances overall as well as a ticket count of 34,783. The first two shows were in March 2020 just prior to the shutdown, while the third Houston concert was on May 14 of last year.
Kia Forum in the Los Angeles market followed with a total gross of $9 million from three performances, all held in October 2021, and a ticket total of 39,091. Footprint Center in Phoenix had a three-show gross of $8.5 million with attendance logged at 35,531 from shows on Sept. 24-25, 2021 and March 1, 2023.
Finally, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and San Francisco’s Chase Center both had grosses in the $6.3 million range from two-night engagements.