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The Rocket Man Tops ''Billboard'' Monthly Boxscore

Written by Chief Editor.

For nearly three decades, Billboard Boxscore has been the center of reporting on the live music industry, celebrating the top artists, venues, and promoters that power the touring business. In addition to their continued weekly reporting, covering the top events submitted each week, Billboard is introducing a monthly boxscore series where we will chart the top events of each calendar month, providing a more accurate and comparative look at performances over a standardised period. 

The new section will also include the top tours, promoters, and four venues charts organised by capacity, as well in-depth analysis and interviews featuring leading show producers and entertainment executives.

 The inaugural monthly Top Tours chart is crowned by the former Reg Dwight, now six months deep in the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour. Elton played 12 shows throughout February, grossing $23.4 million from 171,317 tickets sold, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. Since beginning the tour on September 8, 2018 in Allentown, Pa., the rock icon has sold out all 65 shows, raking in $125.4 million in North American arenas.

Business has been consistent for John across the tour and his February showing indicates he isn’t slowing down. He doubled up in four of the eight cities he hit, playing two nights apiece at the Forum (Inglewood, Calif.), Pepsi Center (Denver), Allstate Arena (Rosemont, Ill.) and Target Center (Minneapolis).

 His sold-out two-night stint at the Forum is especially impressive following four nights at the nearby Staples Center in Los Angeles from Jan. 22-30. Similarly, his Feb. 15-16 shows at the Allstate Arena follow two shows at Chicago’s United Center in October. Finally, John played a stunning six shows in the greater New York market (to be reported later this month) after four area shows in October and November. After more North American shows in March, the entertainer will cross the pond for a European summer leg, as part of his three-year, 300-show farewell tour.

John’s is one of a few farewell treks gracing the Top Tours list, followed by KISS (No. 2) and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (No. 13). Both veteran bands are routinely selling out arenas as well but haven’t done repeat business in major markets like John.