A Million Lights Tour

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A Million Lights Tour
CherylCole AMLTourPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for tour
Tour by Cheryl Cole
Associated album A Million Lights
Start date 3 October 2012 (2012-10-03)
End date 17 October 2012 (2012-10-17)
Legs 1
Shows 11 in Europe

The A Millions Lights Tour is the debut concert tour by English pop singer, Cheryl Cole. It promotes Cole's third studio album, A Million Lights. The tour marks Cole's first solo venture, touring extensively from 2005-2009 with pop group Girls Aloud. The show ran during October 2012, with 11 shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Background[edit]

With the release of her latest album only one week away, the tour was announced via Cole's website on 12 June 2012.[1] The singer expressed her excitement with touring, stating performing at the Summertime Ball reignited her joy for performing on stage. With the announcement, many media outlets criticized the tour as her performance at the Diamond Jubilee Concert (one week prior) was heavy panned by critics. Concerning her vocals, Cole stated she knows she's no Mariah Carey but does perform live. She continued, "If you think my live vocal sounds so good it must be mimed, I'm happy, I take it as a compliment".[2]

Rehearsal for the tour began late August 2012 at Studio 1342 in Los Angeles.[3] The sessions were cut short as Cole and manager will.i.am were involved in car accident during the early morning.[4] The singer returned to the UK in an arm sling to complete promotional radio spots, with rehearsals continuing in London. During the radio spots, the singer stated the tour would feature will.i.am. and Wretch 32 at one of the concerts.[5] She also stated costumes were being designed by Renelou Padora.[6] During the final weeks, Cole and crew rehearsed the production at the Olympic Basketball Arena, before heading to Belfast. While in Northern Ireland, dancing Tre Holloway fractured his leg, causing him to be absent from the first three shows of the jaunt.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

The tour received mixed reviews from critics and fans. Music critics praised Cole for her first tour, but felt the show was underwhelming. Also, they felt with no visible band or backing vocalists, it would be hard for the signer to dismiss miming rumors. Many fans were disappointed at the length of the show (running approx. 70 minutes) and the high ticket prices for a meet and greet with Cheryl.[8] For the debut concert in Belfast, Ashleigh Rainbird (Daily Mirror) gave the show four out of five stars. She proclaims the concert was a "first night triumph".[9]

At The O2 in Dublin, Ed Power (The Daily Telegraph) gave the Irish gig three out of five stars. He states, "[T]hough her vocals were generally strong, Cheryl never imprinted her personality on the performance. At times the music felt like a calculating mash-up of chart trends—a little Rihanna here, a hint of Britney and Beyoncé there. How strange that, surrounded by state of the art production and dazzling costumery, one of the most recognisable women in pop should seem so faceless".[10]

In London, André Paine (London Evening Standard) gave the show three out of five stars, calling the show uneven yet ultimately enjoyable. He continues, "It was all over in 70 minutes and while Cheryl did just enough to justify her solo career, you suspect she’s looking forward to being part of a girl group again".[11] At the same concert, Robert Copsey (Digital Spy), gave Cole's performance three out of five stars, saying the singer's performance was surprising flat. He says, "The flashes of brilliance in 'Under The Sun', '3 Words'—which featured a surprise appearance by friend and mentor will.i.am—and 'Fight for This Love' proved that she is capable of holding her own in front of a larger crowd. Though with a new book out and a number of well-publicised TV and film spots on the horizon, it proved all-too-easy to remember that she's a celebrity as much as a poster".[12]

During the final shows at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, Jessica Philips (Sunderland Echo) called the homecoming concert triupmphant but short. She also stated, "Her fellow Geordies were practically effervescent in their enthusiasm for their idol, chanting her name with all their might".[13]

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

Shortly after the tour was completed, a DVD release was issued for November 2012. In November, Cole had two specials airing on ITV2. The first was a behind-the-scenes documentary titled, "Cheryl: All Access Areas". The special showed footage from the London concert, along with rehearsals and intimate moments with Cole.[14] The special aired 20 November 2012, to an audience of over 800,000 viewers.[15] The second was an abbreviated concert special, filmed at The O2 Arena in London. The special, "Cheryl: Live in Concert—A Million Lights Tour", aired 25 November 2012. The DVD titled "A Million Lights: Live at The O2", was released on 26 November 2012.[16][17]

Opening acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Intro" (Video Introduction)
  2. "Sexy Den a Mutha"
  3. "Call My Name"
  4. "Girl in the Mirror"
  5. "Promise This"
  6. Girls Aloud Medley: "The Promise" / "Biology" / "Love Machine"
  7. "Under The Sun"
  8. "The Flood"
  9. "Dance Interlude" (contains elements of "Kashmir")
  10. "Parachute"
  11. "Last One Standing"
  12. "3 Words"
  13. "A Million Lights"
  14. "DJ Section" (contains excerpts from "Let"s Get Down", "Heartbreaker", "Cockiness (Love It)", "Sexy and I Know It", "Gangnam Style", "Boys Lie", "Love Killer" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'") (Dance Interlude)
  15. "Ghetto Baby"
  16. "Screw You"
Encore
  1. "Fight for This Love"
  2. "Call My Name" (Reprise) (contains elements of the Wideboys Remix)

Source:[21]

Notes
  • During the concert in London, Cole was joined onstage by will.i.am. during the performance of "3 Words". Later in the concert, Cole was joined by Wretch 32 for "Screw You".

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[1]
3 October 2012 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
4 October 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2
6 October 2012 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena Nottingham
7 October 2012 London The O2 Arena
9 October 2012 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
11 October 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
12 October 2012 Birmingham LG Arena
13 October 2012 Manchester Manchester Arena
15 October 2012 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
16 October 2012 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
17 October 2012

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
The O2 Arena London 10,471 / 13,438 (78%) $653,447[22]
Manchester Arena Manchester 9,288 / 10,084 (92%) $521,948[23]

Personnel[edit]

Band
  • Backing Vocals: Alexis Strader, Renard Hughes
  • Dancers:
  • Walter Holloway III (Tre)
  • Tyrell Washington
  • Felix Burgos
  • Marshall Lake
  • Brandee Stephens-Harris
  • Ambrya Underwood
  • Alex Larson
  • Aviel Ayoung
  • Vinceny Clemmons
  • Adrian Wiltshire
Management
  • Creative Director: Fatima Robinson
  • Set Design: Bruce Rodgers
  • Musical Director: Keith Harris
  • Choreography: Misha Gabriel, Beth Honan, Charm Ladonna, Adrian Wiltshire
  • Tour Production: Production North
  • Production Manager: Francine Hough, Deborah St. John-Gray
  • Head of Production: Gudren Claire
  • Stage Manager: Milan Rakic
  • Management for Rocket Pop Management LLp: Seth Friedman, Polo Molina, Lily Endland, Garry Tweedy
  • Agent For William Morris Agency: Solomon Parker
Crew

Source:[24][25]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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