A Summer Night with Olivia Newton-John
|A Summer Night with Olivia Newton-John|
Promotional poster for tour
|Tour by Olivia Newton-John|
|Associated album||A Few Best Men|
|Start date||24 February 2012|
|End date||17 March 2013|
|Shows||7 in Australia
8 in Asia
38 in North America
6 in Europe
|Olivia Newton-John tour chronology|
A Summer Night with Olivia Newton-John was the eighteenth concert tour by Australian singer Olivia Newton-John, in support of her sixth soundtrack A Few Best Men. The tour name drifts from her 1978 hit, "Summer Nights", from the musical film Grease. It is Newton-John largest tour since the Heartstrings World Tour, which runs from 2002 to 2005. It was her first tour in the United Kingdom in over 30 years.
Background and development
The tour first leg began in February in Australia, where Newton-John did seven concerts (two added by popular demand). The West Australian Symphony Orchestra participated to the Perth concerts, Melbourne Pops Orchestra to the Melbourne concerts and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to the Sydney concerts.
A new medley with some songs from A Few Best Men was added to the setlist. Newton-John also performed on a few dates of her Australian leg the Australian Bicentenary song, "It's Always Australia for Me", from the 1988 album, The Rumour.
Olivia also did an interview by David Campbell to Australian talk show Morning about the concerts and her long career. She and Campbell sang "You're the One That I Want" at a Sydney concert. In Asia, she received extensive exposure by local media and was interviewed to newspapers such as Jakarta Globe, Bangkok Post and The Philippine Star.
The tour North American leg began in August, with a concert at Northalsted Market Days. The medley from A Few Best Men was removed, but "Weightless" continued in the setlist. A new medley with three old ballads by Newton-John was added; it consists of "Suspended in Time" (from Xanadu soundtrack), "Boats Against the Current" (from Totally Hot album) and "Shaking You" (from Two of a Kind soundtrack). The two later were performed for the first time by Olivia. The 2013 setlists doesn't have any songs from A Few Best Men soundtrack, and the ballads medley was withdrawn (only "Suspended in Time" was performed at North American concerts). United Kingdom concerts had a new medley added recalling Newton-John's participation on Eurovision Song Contest 1974, consisted by "Long Live Love" (UK's entrant to that year contest), "Angel Eyes" (another choice to represent the UK) and a cover of "Waterloo" (1974 Eurovision winner by Swedish group ABBA).
Ross McRae, from the newspaper The West Australian did a positive review to the first Perth concert, saying that Newton-John "led the enthusiastic crowd through a journey of her extensive 40-year career", but stated the medley of A Few Best Men "seemed misguided and unnecessary". Kittipong Thavevong from The Nation made a mixed review to the Bangkok show, writing: "Those who expected her to perform with the same voice quality as in her heyday left feeling disappointed. But those who simply wanted to a long-time favourite singer perform live were more than satisfied".
About her Singapure concert, Christopher Toh, from Today gave a rave review, wrote that "she hit notes that were seemingly impossible; notes that soared up into the stratosphere" and "was just perfect in almost every sense of the word". Nancy Koh from The Straits Times commented that "her moves were slick, her dancing sexy, and she even skipped like a delighted schoolgirl after receiving a few presents from the audience", but also criticized the medley of A Few Best Men. Nur Aqidah Azizi, from the Malaysian newspaper New Straits Times wrote: "Newton-John made her way to centre stage with her seven-piece band, it was evident that the crowd could not contain their excitement — the arena was ringing with rapturous cheer. [...] Her voice was still as sweet as how many would have remembered it. Heartfelt yet powerful, it was perfect in every way". Mike Bradstone from the Sri Lankan Sunday Observer commented that "Newton-John certainly has not lost the charisma and voice and could easily go on for many more years. I would sum up the evening up by saying 'Elegant, classy, graceful, entertaining and well-choreographed'." Lynda Mills from The Jakarta Post wrote: "With her still youthful looks, a voice that remains clear and pure, and an ability to shimmy and shake with the best of them, Olivia belies her 63 years."
|24 February 2012||Perth||Australia||Burswood Theatre|
|25 February 2012|
|27 February 2012||Melbourne||Regent Theatre|
|28 February 2012|
|1 March 2012||Sydney||Sydney Opera House|
|2 March 2012|
|3 March 2012|
|23 March 2012||Bangkok||Thailand||BITEC Event Hall 106|
|27 March 2012||Marina Bay||Singapore||Esplanade Theatre|
|29 March 2012||Genting Highlands||Malaysia||Arena of Stars|
|31 March 2012||Quezon City||Philippines||Smart Araneta Coliseum|
|2 April 2012||Wan Chai||Hong Kong||HKCEC Grand Hall|
|4 April 2012||Colombo||Sri Lanka||Musaeus Auditorium|
|5 April 2012|
|8 April 2012||Jakarta||Indonesia||Grand Ballroom at Hotel Mulia|
|12 August 2012[a]||Chicago||United States||Rivers Casino Stage|
|3 September 2012[b]||Vancouver||Canada||WestJet Concert Stage|
|6 September 2012||Eagle||United States||Eagle River Pavilion|
|7 September 2012||Sandy||Sandy Amphitheater|
|8 September 2012||Layton||Kenley Centennial Amphitheatre|
|10 September 2012||San Diego||Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay|
|13 September 2012||San Francisco||Golden Gate Theatre|
|14 September 2012||Reno||Grande Exposition Hall|
|15 September 2012||Indio||Fantasy Springs Special Events Center|
|21 September 2012||Rama||Canada||Casino Rama Entertainment Centre|
|22 September 2012|
|23 September 2012||Jackson||United States||Potter Center|
|24 September 2012||Minneapolis||Guthrie Theater|
|27 September 2012[c]||Minot||All Seasons Arena|
|28 September 2012[c]|
|29 September 2012||Omaha||Kiewit Concert Hall|
|30 September 2012|
|3 October 2012||Norman||Showplace Theatre|
|5 October 2012||Greeley||Monfort Concert Hall|
|6 October 2012||Cheyenne||Cheyenne Civic Performing Arts Theatre|
|1 November 2012||Jackson||Perkins Civic Center|
|2 November 2012||Thackerville||Global Event Center|
|4 November 2012||San Antonio||Majestic Theatre|
|7 November 2012||Carlton||Otter Creek Event Center|
|9 November 2012||Kalamazoo||Miller Auditorium|
|10 November 2012||Aurora||Paramount Theatre|
|11 November 2012||Sault Sainte Marie||DreamMakers Theater|
|15 November 2012||Huntington||Paramount Theatre|
|16 November 2012||North Bethesda||Music Center at Strathmore|
|17 November 2012||Atlantic City||Etess Arena|
|6 December 2012||Newberry||Newberry Opera House|
|8 December 2012||Pittsburgh||Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts|
|9 December 2012||Cleveland||Palace Theatre|
|11 December 2012||Newark||Prudential Hall|
|19 February 2013||Durham||Durham Performing Arts Center|
|21 February 2013||Easton||State Theatre Center for the Arts|
|22 February 2013||Lancaster||American Music Theatre|
|23 February 2013||Shippensburg||Luhrs Performing Arts Center|
|10 March 2013||Cardiff||Wales||Motorpoint Arena Cardiff|
|11 March 2013||Bournemouth||England||Windsor Hall|
|13 March 2013||London||Royal Albert Hall|
|14 March 2013||Brighton||Brighton Centre|
|15 March 2013||Birmingham||NIA Academy|
|17 March 2013||Manchester||O2 Apollo Manchester|
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|18 March 2013||Glasgow, Scotland||Clyde Auditorium||Cancelled due to scheduling conflicts|
- Andy Timmons – musical director, guitar, backing vocals
- Dan Wojciechowski – battery
- Lee Hendricks – low
- Catherine Marx – keyboards
- Warren Ham – puffs, backing vocals
- Steve Real – backing vocals
- Carmella Ramsey – backing vocals
- "Adam Hills: Olivia Newton-John as Special Guest".
- "The West Australian: Music Review — Olivia Newton-John".
- "The Nation: Devoted to Bangkok".
- "Today: Concert review — Olivia Newton-John".
- "The Straits Times: Hopelessly Devoted — Olivia Newton-John Live in Singapore (concert review)".
- "New Straits Times: Hopelessly Devoted to Olivia".
- "Sunday Observer: Olivia Newton-John still strong at 60".
- "The Jakarta Post: Olivia Newton-John — From ‘Neutron-Bomb’ to... still going strong".
- "Blaze & Kelly: Big News! We get to open for Olivia Newton John!".
- "OliviaNewton-John: Olivia's Tour / Personal Appearances".
- Tour dates at Newton-John's official website