Mid-Year Top Tours: No. 6 Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘2023 Global Stadium Tour’ 

Red Hot Chili Peppers In Concert Minneapolis, MN
Lead Singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 8, 2023, in Minneapolis. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Mid-Year Top 100 Worldwide Tours
No. 6 Red Hot Chili Peppers
Gross: $91,488,134
Average Ticket Price: $123.87
Average Tickets Sold Per Show: 38,873
Total Tickets: 738,601
Average Gross: $4,815,164

After finishing 2022 by ranking seventh on Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Tours chart (with a gross just shy of $150 million) Red Hot Chili Peppers has moved up to No. 6 at the 2023 mid-year mark with a massive $91.5 million grossed from 19 stadium shows thanks to the strength of its trek in support of the rock band’s 12th and 13th studio albums, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen. As Omar Al-joulani, president, touring at Live Nation Concerts, sums it up: “Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first global stadium tour has been a massive success, selling more than 1 million tickets across the sold-out 2022 and 2023 runs.”

Special guests on the tour – RHCP’s first in five years and first to feature guitarist John Frusciante since 2007 – have included The Strokes, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, St. Vincent, The Roots, Iggy Pop, King Princess, A$AP Rocky, HAIM and more.

The 2023 routing started in January with a run through New Zealand and Australia, followed by a handful of dates in Asia in February and a North American leg booked from March through May. A run of European dates – that launched June 18 at Netherland’s Pinkpop Festival – features a handful of headline shows and fest appearances including Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Portugal’s NOS Alive and Spain’s Mad Cool.

“It’s the 40-year anniversary for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and to see them playing sold-out stadiums globally with the same genuine enthusiasm and chemistry that I personally saw this same band performing with 34 years ago is an incredible feat,” Maverick Management’s Guy Oseary says. “The band is still having fun and the shows are bringing in fans old and new and that’s exciting to see. The new albums have gone over beautifully. Watching the audience sing along to the new songs has been a highlight for everyone.”
RHCP (booked by CAA) returns to North America for a few dates in August and September including Chicago’s Lollapalooza, before heading to South America.

“The momentum of live shows in 2022 and 2023 will carry us into next year with new markets and stadiums to play. Latin America will absolutely be some of the best shows on the tour,” Oseary says.

The annual POLLSTAR ranking of the concert industry’s top performing artists is tabulated for all Worldwide shows played between 11/17/22 to 5/17/23. All ticket sales figures are calculated in U.S. dollars and are based on reported information and extensive research by POLLSTAR.