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Tom Petty: Final Concert Tour Earned $61 Million
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers wrapped an eventful 40th-anniversary tour with three momentous shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in late September. Little did fans know at the time it would be the final opportunity to see the rock legend in concert, as days later Petty died on Oct. 2.
According to Billboard, Petty's Hollywood Bowl shows on Sept. 21, 22 and 25 were the highest-grossing dates on his blockbuster North American jaunt, selling 49,217 sold tickets and grossing $5.3 million. In all, the group's five-month tour through 36 North American cities grossed a robust sum of more than $61 million.
Designed to commemorate the GRAMMY-winning band's entire four-decade career, the tour netted approximately 638,000 fans to 44 headlining gigs throughout the United States and Canada.
In an interview with Rolling Stone prior to his death, Petty admitted that he was relishing the shows on the celebratory tour.
"I've really enjoyed being onstage so much, this tour," said Petty, who was honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year last February. "I don't know exactly why, but it's so much fun, you know? This is an extraordinary bunch of musicians. It's very rare. I don't think that's always been in the front of our minds, but lately, it feels that way."