The Most Successful Tours of Summer 2017
Summer is basically, pretty much, for the most part over. Almost. But before we look ahead to fall and winter tours, let’s take a look at the cast that ran the season. From country music to Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar to everybody else that isn’t Kendrick Lamar, here’s who won the summer. (List ranked based on SeatGeek sales data.)
10. Zac Brown Band ‘Welcome Home’ Tour
Zac Brown Band’s Welcome Home Tour kicked off in May with a bang, with the first concert slated on the same day as the album’s release. After pulling double, even triple-night duty in major cities throughout North America, the band is nearing the end of the summer-spanning journey and have earned their spot on this list. Browse Zac Brown Band tour dates.
9. John Mayer ‘The Search for Everything’ Tour
When John Mayer isn’t busy trying to resurrect the corpse of Jerry Garcia onstage with the Dead, you may have seen him this summer performing with the long-forgotten John Mayer Trio as part of The Search for Everything tour. With tons of shows at packed amphitheatre and arenas, it’s no surprise that this tour was one of the summer’s highest grossing. Pretty impressive considering he’s dividing time between two bands. Browse John Mayer tour dates.
8. Coldplay ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ Tour
Remember that time we thought Coldplay was going to call it quits? Despite the rumors, the band continues to tack on dates to their A Head Full Of Dreams tour, which kicked off in North America on August 1. The fact that the band is still touring behind their 2015 album of the same name, yet continues to outsell the majority of major pop artists today, speaks volumes to their everlasting popularity. Browse Coldplay tour dates.
7. Lady Gaga ‘Joanne’ Tour
Gaga got fans hyped for her Joanne tour after her small string of dive bar shows earlier this year. The singer kicked off the official shebang in August, and managed to pull in sales comparable to Coldplay with less than two months of concerts under her belt. Unfortunately health issues have forced her to reschedule her upcoming European gigs. Browse Lady Gaga tour dates.
6. Florida Georgia Line ‘Smooth’ Tour
The relentlessly touring Florida Georgia Line spent the first part of 2017 on the Dig Your Roots tour, before embarking on their current Smooth Tour (which continues into late October). The latter of which saw guest appearances from Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane, all of whom likely contributed to hefty sales and landed them at the number six spot on this list. Browse Florida Georgia Line tour dates.
5. J. Cole ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Tour
It’s no coincidence that what is commonly cited as J. Cole’s best album, 4 Your Eyez Only, also led to his most successful tour to-date. During its US summer tenure, the 4 Your Eyez Only tour managed to out-gross sales for both Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Metallica tours (ever hear of ’em?), to put things in perspective. J. Cole is currently gearing up for an international leg of performances. Browse J. Cole tour dates.
4. Bruno Mars ’24k Magic’ Tour
Bruno Mars has been on the 24k Magic Tour so long that people may have forgotten about it. Said tour kicked off back in 2017, but his major chunk of North American dates began in July (and go into November). The last leg of the journey includes opening support from Dua Lipa, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see him top our fall tour list too. Browse Bruno Mars tour dates.
3. U2 ‘Joshua Tree’ Tour
Want to know the secret to planning an epic, continent-spanning tour after 40 years in the biz? Plan it around your most seminal album. U2 did just that to massive success when they set out on the Joshua Tree anniversary tour earlier this summer. With openers ranging from The Lumineers to Beck to OneRepublic, it’s no wonder they’re selling out stadiums across the country. Browse U2 tour dates.
2. Kendrick Lamar ‘DAMN.’ Tour
Short but powerful. No, that’s not the name of Kendrick Lamar’s next album, but it is some of the adjectives we’d use to describe his DAMN. tour this summer. Though the itinerary only had 17 scheduled stops, it outperformed some far lengthier tours running concurrently and solidified Lamar as a living rap legend. Browse Kendrick Lamar tour dates.
1. Ed Sheeran ‘Divide’ Tour
Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour performed so well this summer that even though it technically doesn’t wrap up in the US until October 7, it’s still the highest-grossing tour on this list. The trek first kicked off on June 29 and includes tour support from James Blunt. Browse Ed Sheeran tour dates.
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