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U2’s world tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, the band’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album released in March 1987, grossed $62 million from 10 shows during its first four weeks on the road. With box-office results reported by tour promoter Live Nation, the sold ticket count from the first eight stadiums on the schedule reached 519,648. All 10 performances during the opening stretch of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 were sold out.
The tour kicked off May 12 in Vancouver with a crowd of 45,436 at BC Place Stadium. Single performances followed at stadiums in the Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Pittsburgh markets, as well as two-night stints at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and Chicago’s Soldier Field.
The Rose Bowl is the top grosser among the opening venues on the trek, with ticket sales reaching $15.7 million from shows on May 20 and 21. Attendance at the Los Angeles-area stadium totaled 123,164 during the two-show run. U2’s only other headlining appearance at the venue, according to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, was during its massive 360° Tour that ran for just over two years beginning in June 2009. The band’s concert on Oct. 25 of that year drew 97,014 fans and still holds the all-time record by any solo headliner for highest attendance at a single concert performance.
Soldier Field hosted the tour on June 3 and 4 and logged a $13.4 million gross from 105,078 sold tickets. U2 played the stadium on two of its previous tours, performing three shows each time. The first was in 1997 during the PopMart Tour that visited six continents during a yearlong run. The group performed on three consecutive nights in June during that tour’s opening leg. Twelve years later, the stadium was the first North American venue booked on the 360° Tour. The band played for Chicago fans on Sept. 12 and 13, 2009, and then returned to Soldier Field during the tour’s homestretch for a third concert on July 5, 2011.
The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will remain in North American cities through July 1 and then hit eight European markets during a three-week span. A second North American leg in September will be followed by a final stand in five Latin American cities in October.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.
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