A Sense of Purpose Tour

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A Sense of Purpose Tour
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In Flames performing at the Graspop Metal Meeting Festival in Dessel, Belgium on June 29, 2008.
Concert tour by In Flames
Location Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America
Associated album A Sense of Purpose
Start date April 12, 2008
End date January 29, 2010
Legs 12
Shows

199

91 in Europe
89 in North America
7 in Asia
7 in Oceania
5 in South America
17 cancellations
In Flames concert chronology
Come Clarity Tour
(2006–2007)
A Sense of Purpose
Tour

(2008–2010)
Sounds of a Playground
Fading Tour
(2011– )

A Sense of Purpose Tour was a concert tour by Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames in support of the act's ninth studio album, A Sense of Purpose, which was released in April 2008.

The tour began in May 2008 with a slot on Gigantour in North American markets, which was headlined by Megadeth.[1] Following runs through Europe and a second North American leg, the tour continued through 2009 with the band's first visit to South America,[2] as well as dates in Australia and Japan.

In February 2009, it was confirmed that lead guitarist Jesper Strömblad would be taking leave from future touring, due to his focus on alcohol rehabilitation.[3] He was replaced with former member Niklas Engelin. Later in the month, an upcoming spring tour of the U.K. and Ireland was cancelled after it was announced that a second member, bassist Peter Iwers, would be taking leave due to the anticipated birth of his child.[4] The band, minus Strömblad, fulfilled all touring commitments up to early April and resumed performing in the summer.

In September 2009, the band commenced a Canadian co-headlining trek with Killswitch Engage.[5] Following the dates in Canada, the group toured the U.S. through early October.[6]

In November 2009, the group teamed up once again with Killswitch Engage for the European leg of the "Taste of Chaos" tour.[7] In January 2010, the band played their final leg of the tour, performing four dates in Asia.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America, Leg #1 ("Gigantour 2008")
April 12, 2008 Denver, CO United States Fillmore Auditorium
April 13, 2008 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
April 15, 2008 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre
April 16, 2008 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Pavilion
April 17, 2008 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
April 18, 2008 [1] Little Rock, AR The Village
April 19, 2008 Louisville, KY Louisville Gardens
April 20, 2008 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
April 22, 2008 New York City, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
April 23, 2008
April 24, 2008 [1] Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
April 25, 2008 Worcester, MA The Palladium
April 26, 2008 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
April 28, 2008 Quebec City, QC Canada Pavillon de la Jeunesse
April 29, 2008 Montreal, QC Centre Bell
April 30, 2008 Mississauga, ON Arrow Hall
May 1, 2008 London, ON John Labatt Centre
May 2, 2008 [1] Columbus, OH United States Newport Music Hall
May 3, 2008 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
May 4, 2008 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
May 6, 2008 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
May 7, 2008 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
May 8, 2008 [1] Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
May 9, 2008 Minneapolis, MN Myth
May 10, 2008 Winnipeg, MB Canada Convention Centre
May 11, 2008 Saskatoon, SK Prairieland Exhibition Hall
May 12, 2008 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
May 14, 2008 Calgary, AB Stampede Corral
May 16, 2008 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
May 17, 2008 Salem, OR United States Armory Auditorium
May 19, 2008 San Jose, CA Event Center Arena
May 20, 2008 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
May 21, 2008 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena
May 22, 2008 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
Europe, Leg #1
May 29, 2008 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
June 7, 2008 Nürburgring Germany Rock am Ring Festival
June 8, 2008 Nuremberg Rock im Park Festival
June 13, 2008 Interlaken Switzerland Greenfield Festival
June 14, 2008 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival
June 15, 2008 Donington Park United Kingdom Download Festival
June 20, 2008 Clisson France Hellfest
June 21, 2008 Kauhajoki Finland Nummirock Festival
June 26, 2008 Borlänge Sweden Peace and Love Festival
June 27, 2008 Arendal Norway Hove Festival
June 28, 2008 Gothenburg Sweden Metaltown Festival
June 29, 2008 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting Festival
July 4, 2008 Tolmin Slovenia Metalcamp Festival
July 5, 2008 Löbnitz Germany With Full Force Festival
July 7, 2008 Kavarna Bulgaria Kaliakra Rock Fest
July 18, 2008 Vaasa Finland Rockperry Festival
August 1, 2008 Lustenau Austria Szene Festival
Europe, Leg #2
September 27, 2008 Glasgow United Kingdom Barrowlands
September 28, 2008 Birmingham Carling Academy
September 29, 2008 Manchester Academy
October 1, 2008 London Astoria
October 3, 2008 Luxembourg Luxembourg Den Atelier
October 4, 2008 Cologne Germany Palladium
October 5, 2008 Wiesbaden Schlachthof
October 7, 2008 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
October 8, 2008 Paris France Le Zénith
October 9, 2008 Tilburg Netherlands 013
October 10, 2008 Nancy France L’Autre Canal
October 11, 2008 Lyon Transbordeur
October 13, 2008 Barcelona Spain Razzmatazz
October 14, 2008 Granada La Copera
October 15, 2008 Madrid La Riviera
October 16, 2008 Bilbao Rock Star Live
October 18, 2008 Fribourg Switzerland Fri-Son
October 19, 2008 Munich Germany Zenith
October 20, 2008 Vienna Austria Gasometer
October 21, 2008 Milan Italy Alcatraz
October 22, 2008 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
October 24, 2008 Dresden Germany Alter Schlachthof
October 25, 2008 Berlin Columbiahalle
October 27, 2008 Helsinki Finland Cable Factory
October 29, 2008 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
October 30, 2008
October 31, 2008 Oslo Norway Sentrum Scene
November 1, 2008 Gothenburg Sweden Lisebergshallen
November 2, 2008
North America, Leg #2
November 6, 2008 Montreal, QC Canada Metropolis
November 7, 2008 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
November 8, 2008 Mount Clemens, MI United States Emerald Theatre
November 9, 2008 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
November 10, 2008 Chicago, IL House of Blues
November 12, 2008 Minneapolis, MN Myth
November 14, 2008 Calgary, AB Canada MacEwan Hall
November 15, 2008 Edmonton, AB Event Centre
November 17, 2008 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
November 18, 2008 Seattle, WA United States Showbox SoDo
November 19, 2008 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
November 21, 2008 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
November 22, 2008 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia L.A. Live
November 23, 2008 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
November 24, 2008 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
November 25, 2008 Albuquerque, NM Midnight Rodeo
November 26, 2008 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
November 28, 2008 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
November 29, 2008 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
November 30, 2008 Houston, TX House of Blues
December 2, 2008 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
December 3, 2008 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
December 4, 2008 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
December 5, 2008 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
December 6, 2008 Worcester, MA The Palladium
December 7, 2008 New York City, NY Terminal 5
December 9, 2008 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
December 10, 2008 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
February 7, 2009 Monterrey Mexico Café Iguana
February 8, 2009 Mexico City Circo Volador
South America
February 10, 2009 Bogotá Colombia Teatro Metro
February 12, 2009 Santiago Chile Blondie Club
February 13, 2009 Buenos Aires Argentina El Teatro Flores
February 14, 2009
February 15, 2009 São Paulo Brazil Espaço Lux
Australia ("Soundwave Festival")
February 21, 2009 Brisbane Australia Exhibition Ground
February 22, 2009 Sydney Eastern Creek Raceway
February 23, 2009 [2] The Forum
February 24, 2009 [2] Melbourne Billboard The Venue
February 27, 2009 Showgrounds
February 28, 2009 Adelaide Bonython Park
March 2, 2009 Perth Steel Blue Oval
Asia, Leg #1
March 4, 2009 [3] Tokyo Japan Akasaka Blitz
March 5, 2009 [3]
March 6, 2009 [3] Osaka Namba Hatch
Europe, Leg #3
March 25, 2009 Zagreb Croatia Tvornica Club
March 26, 2009 Vienna Austria Arena
March 27, 2009 Ljubljana Slovenia Gospodarsko Razstavisce
March 28, 2009 Belgrade Serbia SKC
March 29, 2009 Sofia Bulgaria Denitza Hall
March 30, 2009 Bucharest Romania Arenele Romane
April 1, 2009 Budapest Hungary Petőfi Csarnok Hall
April 2, 2009 Košice Slovakia Jumbo Hall
April 3, 2009 Zlín Czech Republic Monsters of Rock Café
April 4, 2009 Prague Folimanka
April 6, 2009 Warsaw Poland Progresja Klub
April 25, 2009 Sälen Sweden Högis
Europe, Leg #4
June 5, 2009 Sölvesborg Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
June 20, 2009 Bilbao Spain Kobetasonik Festival
July 4, 2009 Turku Finland Ruisrock Festival
July 9, 2009 Kvinesdal Norway Norway Rock Festival
July 31, 2009 Wacken Germany Open Air Festival
North America, Leg #3
September 8, 2009 [4] Montreal, QC Canada CEPSUM
September 9, 2009 [4] Mississauga, ON Arrow Hall
September 11, 2009 [4] Thunder Bay, ON Community Auditorium
September 12, 2009 [4] Winnipeg, MB Convention Centre
September 13, 2009 [4] Saskatoon, SK Prairieland Exhibition Hall
September 14, 2009 [4] Calgary, AB Big Four Building
September 15, 2009 [4] Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
September 17, 2009 [4] Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
September 18, 2009 Spokane, WA United States Knitting Factory
September 19, 2009 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
September 20, 2009 Reno, NV New Oasis
September 21, 2009 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
September 22, 2009 Pomona, CA Fox Theater
September 23, 2009 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
September 25, 2009 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
September 26, 2009 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
September 27, 2009 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
September 29, 2009 Knoxville, TN The Valarium
September 30, 2009 Louisville, KY Expo Five
October 1, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
October 2, 2009 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
October 3, 2009 Boston, MA House of Blues
October 4, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
October 5, 2009 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
October 6, 2009 Charlotte, NC Amos' Southend
Europe, Leg #5
October 31, 2009 Kiev Ukraine CCM NAU
November 1, 2009 Minsk Belarus Ledovy Dvorets
November 5, 2009 Krasnodar Russia Premiera Club
November 7, 2009 Saint Petersburg Glav Club
November 8, 2009 Moscow DK Gorbunova
November 16, 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Melkweg
November 18, 2009 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
November 19, 2009 Trezzo Italy Live Club
November 20, 2009 Strasbourg France La Laiterie
November 22, 2009 Lille Aeronef
November 23, 2009 Luxembourg Luxembourg Den Atelier
November 24, 2009 Paris France Bataclan
November 27, 2009 [5] Glasgow United Kingdom O2 Academy
November 28, 2009 [5] Bristol O2 Academy
November 30, 2009 [5] Newcastle O2 Academy
December 1, 2009 [5] Birmingham O2 Academy
December 2, 2009 [5] Manchester Academy
December 3, 2009 [5] London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
December 4, 2009 [5] Antwerp Belgium Trix Hall
December 6, 2009 [5] Berlin Germany Columbiahalle
December 7, 2009 [5] Wiesbaden Rhein-Main Halle
December 8, 2009 [5] Munich Zenith
December 9, 2009 [5] Oberhausen Turbinehalle
December 11, 2009 [5] Stockholm Sweden Hovet
December 12, 2009 [5] Gothenburg Scandinavium
December 13, 2009 [5] Oslo Norway Spektrum
December 14, 2009 [5] Malmö Sweden Arena
December 16, 2009 [5] Helsinki Finland Ice Hall
Asia, Leg #2
January 22, 2010 Tokyo Japan Zepp
January 24, 2010 Osaka Namba Hatch
January 27, 2010 Beijing China Star Live House
January 29, 2010 Taipei Taiwan Liberty Square
  • 1^ Headline show; non-Gigantour appearance.
  • 2^ Date supporting Lamb of God.
  • 3^ Date featuring co-headliners Lamb of God.
  • 4^ Date featuring co-headliners Killswitch Engage (Killswitch Engage played last in Mississauga, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg and Edmonton).
  • 5^ Date part of the "Taste of Chaos" tour featuring co-headliners Killswitch Engage (Killswitch Engage played last on all U.K. dates).
Cancelled dates
July 12, 2008 Milan, Italy Evolution Festival Performance cancelled due to extreme rain and bad weather.[8]
April 15, 2009 Norwich, United Kingdom The Waterfront Date cancelled.
April 16, 2009 Colchester, United Kingdom Arts Centre Date cancelled.
April 17, 2009 Brighton, United Kingdom Concorde 2 Date cancelled.
April 18, 2009 Oxford, United Kingdom O2 Academy Date cancelled.
April 19, 2009 Leeds, United Kingdom The Cockpit Date cancelled.
April 21, 2009 Newcastle, United Kingdom O2 Academy Date cancelled.
April 22, 2009 Dundee, United Kingdom Fat Sams Date cancelled.
April 23, 2009 Belfast, United Kingdom Mandela Hall Date cancelled.
April 24, 2009 Dublin, Ireland The Academy Date cancelled.
April 25, 2009 Cork, Ireland The Pavilion Date cancelled.
April 27, 2009 Exeter, United Kingdom Lemon Grove Date cancelled.
April 28, 2009 Cardiff, United Kingdom University Solus Date cancelled.
April 29, 2009 Cambridge, United Kingdom The Junction Date cancelled.
April 30, 2009 Sheffield, United Kingdom Corporation Date cancelled.
May 1, 2009 Liverpool, United Kingdom O2 Academy Date cancelled.
May 2, 2009 Northampton, United Kingdom Roadmender Date cancelled.

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