The Rolling Stones & BTS Lead November Boxscore With Late-Season Stadium Shows
Another Boxscore report, another victory for The Rolling Stones. First, Jagger & Co. led the October Boxscore recap, powered by eight-figure grosses in Los Angeles and Tampa. Then, they took the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s 2021 year-end Top Tours list and ultimately finished with the first nine-figure tour gross in the COVID era. And now, they claim the Top Tour of November with the final six dates of the 2021 No Filter Tour.
Those six shows grossed $58.6 million and sold 237,000 tickets according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. That averages out to $9.8 million, and 39,500 tickets per show. It’s a staggering pace, especially since it accounts for the tour’s final show, a relative underplay in Hollywood, Fla., on the coast between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. That date sold out at 6,725 tickets, about one sixth of the month’s next-smallest attendance.
The Stones hit a monthly high in Las Vegas, bringing in $14.8 million at Allegiant Stadium on Nov. 6, easily the highest single-night earnings since venues opened over the summer. Other highlights were in Atlanta on Nov. 11 ($11.1 million at Mercedes-Benz Stadium) and Austin, Texas on Nov. 20 ($10.1 million at Circuit of the Americas).
These final dates pushed this year’s No Filter Tour grosses to $130.9 million from 577,000 tickets sold, making it the first $100 million tour of the pandemic era. It’s the fourth edition of the No Filter Tour, following European legs in 2017 and 2018, and a North American sweep in 2019. Each run brought in more than $100 million and ranked among their respective year-end top 10. Together, they’ve grossed $546.5 million and sold 2.9 million tickets.
While The Rolling Stones had the month’s biggest tour, BTS claim November’s No. 1 Boxscore with the first two of four shows at Inglewood, Calif.’s SoFi Stadium. The Nov. 27-28 dates grossed $16.5 million and sold 106,000 tickets, earning them the No. 4 spot on the Top Tours chart in just two nights. The other two concerts played on Dec. 1-2 and will likely rank among December’s Top Boxscores as well.
Blocked by the South Korean superstars, the Stones follow on Top Boxscores consecutively at Nos. 2-6 (and No. 9).
Sandwiched between the Stones and BTS on Top Tours are Harry Styles and Genesis at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Each artist grossed $30 million during November. More precisely, Styles earned $29.97 million, ever-so-slightly scoring the month’s silver medal over Genesis’ $29.78 million take, separated by less than $200,000, or 0.64%.
For Styles, his November take wrapped up 2021 with a bow, finishing his long-delayed Love on Tour with $94.7 million. Restricted to the U.S. in the wake of COVID-19 and its various variants, the trek still trounced Styles’ debut solo headline tour, Harry Styles: Live On Tour, which earned $63.7 million across five continents in 2017-18. Further, Love on Tour out-grossed the stadium-sized U.S. leg of his former band’s final tour, One Direction’s 2015 On the Road Again Tour ($57.5 million).
For Genesis, the November shows marked a beginning. After banking $17.9 million from 13 shows in the U.K. in September and October, the legendary prog-rock band came stateside for a run that continues through December and picks back up in Europe in March 2022, with more North American dates later in the year.
Karol G sits at No. 8 on the Top Tours ranking with a $6.6 million gross. She continues a string of sold-out Latin arena tours, alongside Enrique Iglesias & Ricky Martin (No. 5), Grupo Firme (No. 7), Marc Anthony (No. 11) and others. But she stands out as the lone female Latin act to hit the Top Tours monthly chart since they restarted over the summer.
Further, she has the top-grossing tour of the month by a woman in any genre, joined by Lauren Daigle (No. 16), half of Steps (No. 17) and the Simone Biles-led Gold Over America Tour (No. 19).
The Top Boxscores chart, as mentioned earlier, is dominated by BTS and The Rolling Stones. Familiar faces follow, with seven appearances each by Genesis and Styles, plus perennial Boxscore favorites such as the Eagles, Dave Matthews Band and Billy Joel.
But amidst these classic rock legends, Tame Impala expands the ranking’s definition of rock to include one of contemporary indie’s biggest acts. Kevin Parker’s double-header at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 2-3 (No. 18) earned $3 million and sold 34,500 tickets, netting the biggest gross and attendance figure of their decade-plus career.