Tickets go on sale Friday; tour kicks off in February.
After selling more than 500,000 tickets in South America alone as part of his Viaje (Voyage) tour, singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona will kick off his U.S. dates Feb. 27 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Billboard has learned.
As of now, Arjona’s tour will hit 13 markets, including New York, El Paso and Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.
Arjona’s tour is shaping up to be one of the biggest U.S. tours for a Latin act in 2015. His last U.S. arena stint — which started in February 2012 and ended a year later, following his Latin American tour — featured 14 dates in 12 venues and played two nights at both the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico’s Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot. All told, Arjona grossed $13.5 million in ticket sales, according to BoxScore, and came in as the fourth highest-grossing Latin tour of 2013.
This time around, Puerto Rico dates haven’t even been announced, and already the tour is bigger, including stops at cities Arjona didn’t play last time around, like Hidalgo and El Paso, Texas.
Prior to his U.S. dates, Arjona will also tour Mexico, including five shows at the 10,000-seat Auditorio Nacional.
The tour is named after his Viaje album, which debuted at No. 1 in May and is the ninth top-selling Latin album this year to date, according to Soundscan. It’s also nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Singer/Songwriter album category, while the single “Lo Poco Que Tengo” is currently at No. 18 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart.
Arjona, who branched out as an independent artist four years ago — albeit distributed by Sony — has been aggressively investing in his tour and promotion, and his live show has grown increasingly complex and lucrative.
The Viaje show features a train station set that’s more 60 feet tall, with over 200 robotic lights and more than 40 tons of equipment onstage. While the scale is seen with major mainstream acts, it certainly isn’t common for a Latin act on the road. But it’s been giving steady dividends. In Buenos Aires alone, Arjona became the first artist to play seven GEBA Stadium shows, which were seen by more than 200,000 people.
Here in the U.S., the Viaje tour is presented by concert and event promotion company Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), which is currently presenting Marc Anthony’s tour.
Ricardo Arjona’s 2015 U.S. tour dates
Feb. 27 – Miami, American Airlines Arena March 1 – Fairfax, Patriot Center March 6 – Chicago, Allstate Arena March 8 – New York, Madison Square Garden March 13 – El Paso, El Paso Coliseo March 14 – Phoenix, ComericaTheatre March 15 – Las Vegas, Axis Theater March 18 – Hidalgo, State Farm Arena March 20 – Dallas, Verizon Theatre March 22 – Houston, Toyota Center March 26 – San Jose, SAP Center March 27 & 28 – Los Angeles, Nokia Theatre March 29 – San Diego, Viejas Arena
By Leila Cobo | billboard