The Billboard chart reports that Rush dates from August through October sold more than 270,000 tickets, with a gross of $18,989,834.
The top gross among the reported concerts came from a two-performance engagement at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The Denver-area outdoor venue sold more than 16,000 tickets for both Rush shows (Aug. 16, 18) grossing just over $1.5 million. The largest amphitheater crowd for a single performance came from the Houston market with 15,225 fans in attendance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Sept. 25. Among the arenas on the schedule, the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas produced the top gross with $993,351 in sold tickets for a concert on Aug. 14. The best attendance among the arenas was at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio; the 20,000-seat venue's Aug. 29 performance drew 11,402 fans.
The Time Machine Tour kicked off June 29 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and finished on October 2 in West Palm Beach, Florida, hitting a total of 37 cities; it is the first major concert outing for Rush since the Snakes & Arrows Tour in 2007-2008 that grossed over $52 million.
Rush will receive the Legends of Live Award at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York City on November 4.
Country superstar Toby Keith takes the No. 2 spot on the Hot Tours list with over $9.6 million in ticket sales reported from performances during August and September at 13 outdoor amphitheaters and one arena.
In fact, country acts make up 3 of the top 4 positions on the chart, and 4 of the top 6 slots.
Billboard “Hot Tours” chart
Top 10 tours
As of October 2010
01 – Rush
02 - Toby Keith
03 - Brad Paisley
04 - Carrie Underwood
05 - So You Think You Can Dance Tour
06 - Rascal Flatts
07 - Van Morrison
08 - Justin Bieber
09 - Maroon 5
10 - Jack Johnson
Rush – The Big Money (1985)
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Rush R30 DVD
The Festhalle - Frankfurt, Germany - September 24, 2004