Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour Rakes in $46.5 Million (and Counting)

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Dave Gahan of the British band Depeche Mode performs live on stage during a concert at the Olympiastadion on June 22, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Depeche Mode tops Billboard’s latest tally of Hot Tours (see list below) with $46.5 million in box office revenue reported from 613,701 sold seats at the first 17 venues on the band’s Global Spirit tour. With shows booked in three continents through next March, the world tour kicked off with an 11-week trek set in stadiums in 33 cities in Europe. Included in this first group of reported concerts is the opening performance on May 5 in Stockholm through shows on June 11 and 12 in Hannover, Germany, the tour’s only two-show engagement during the European run.

The Hannover concerts were held at HDI-Arena, with a total of 73,050 sold tickets logged at both performances. Combined ticket sales topped $6.2 million during the two-night stint. The highest gross among the stadiums that hosted the band for a single concert was reported at London Stadium. Built for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the venue held 65,191 fans for a June 3 concert with $5.2 million in sales. It is the band’s only appearance in the United Kingdom during the summer stretch, although shows at three arenas in the country are booked during a second European leg in November.

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The tour, supporting the British band’s 14th studio album Spirit that was released on March 17, will remain in Europe through July 23. A North American leg will kick off on Aug. 23 in Salt Lake City and continue through the end of October with shows set in arenas and outdoor amphitheaters. The second European trek begins in Dublin on Nov. 15 and wraps in Gdansk, Poland next February. The Global Spirit tour’s final stand will be in March 2018 in South America.

Depeche Mode last toured in support of its album Delta Machine that bowed in March of 2013. With 98 headlining performances during a 10-month span beginning in early May of that year, overall grosses from the jaunt reached $149 million from almost 2 million sold tickets. The tour ranked among Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of the year in both 2013 and 2014.

HOT TOURS – June 20, 2017
Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported June 13-19
Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
1 DEPECHE MODE
$46,538,620
May 5-June 12
Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden (1/1)
Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (1/1)
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/1)
Stade Charles-Ehrmann, Nice, France (1/1)
Dvorana Stožice, Ljubljana, Slovenia (1/1)
Terra Vibe Park, Athens (1/1)
Stadion Pasienky, Bratislava, Slovakia (1/1)
Groupama Aréna, Budapest (1/1)
Eden Arena, Prague (1/1)
Festwiese, Lieipzig, Germany (1/1)
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France (1/1)
Telia Parken, Copenhagen (1/1)
London Stadium, London (1/1)
RheinEnergieStadion, Köln, Germany (1/1)
Ostragehege, Dresden, Germany (1/1)
Olympiastadion, Munich (1/1)
HDI-Arena, Hannover, Germany (2/2)
613,701 (613,701)
2 ED SHEERAN
$20,230,559
April 5-June 10
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (1/0)
Manchester (England) Arena (2/0)
Estadio Nacional, Lima (1/1)
Movistar Arena, Santiago (2/2)
Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires (1/1)
Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba, Brazil (1/1)
Arena Rio, Rio de Janeiro (1/1)
Allianz Parque, São Paulo, Brazil (1/1)
Esplanada do Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (1/1)
Parque Simón Bolívar, Bogotá, Colombia (1/1)
Parque Viva, Alajuela, Costa Rica (1/1)
Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City (1/0)
267,940 (268,099)
3 TAKE THAT
$18,299,940
May 11-June 12
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (3/0)
Manchester (England) Arena (3/0)
O2 Arena, London (6/0)
195,720 (204,987)
4 THE WEEKND
$3,612,813
May 26-June 2
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. (1/0)
37,698 (38,056)
5 MICKY FLANAGAN
$2,663,474
May 4-28
Manchester (England) Arena (3/0)
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland (2/0)
62,926 (64,054)
6 BRUNO MARS
$2,561,210
May 2-3
Manchester (England) Arena (2/0)
33,110 (33,604)
7 BON JOVI
$2,553,880
April 10-11
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
33,359 (33,359)
8 DIXIE CHICKS
$2,487,280
April 1-2
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/0)
21,304 (21,650)
9 JOAQUIN SABINA
$2,358,791
May 14-28
Auditorio Nacinoal, Mexico City (4/0)
33,300 (38,480)
10 TOOL
$2,350,358
June 8-9
Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (1/1)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
27,744 (27,744)

 

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