Barbra Live

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Barbra Live
BarbraLivePoster.jpg
Promotional poster for concert tour
Tour by Barbra Streisand
Start date October 8, 2012 (2012-10-08)
End date June 22, 2013 (2013-06-22)
Legs 3
Shows 12 in North America
6 in Europe
2 in Asia
20 Total
Barbra Streisand concert chronology
Streisand
(2006-07)
Barbra Live
(2012-13)

Barbra Live is the sixth concert tour by American recording artist, Barbra Streisand. Visiting North American and European markets, the tour Streisand's first tour since 2006.[1] Barbra Live was the 22nd best-selling tour in the world in 2012, having earned $40.7 million and sold 154,287 tickets.[2]

In April 2013 it was officially announced that Barbra would continue the tour through Europe in the summer of 2013.[3]

Background[edit]

Initially planned as two shows to mark the opening of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the show was billed as Barbra's Homecoming: since Streisand had never performed a concert in Brooklyn. The shows sold out quickly and no further dates were added. On August 9, 2012 it was announced that Streisand would expand the series of concerts now opening in Philadelphia on October 8, 2012.[4] On September 14, three additional engagements in America were added. One of these dates included the famous Hollywood Bowl where Barbra's 1967 performance—An Evening with Barbra Streisand—broke the Bowl's attendance record of the time, with an audience of 17,256 people.

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

The concerts received mostly positive reviews and critical acclaim. The Ottawa Sun reviewed the concert at Scotiabank Place and wrote "Streisand’s voice was truly exceptional. Intimate, yet on a grand scale, only she could do a concert that was small enough to feel personal, yet big enough to feel like a Broadway musical."[5] Miriam Di Nunzio from the Chicago Sun-Times wrote "At 70, the singer still possesses one of the most pristine voices in music, a voice that completely and sumptuously envelops a room, even one the size of the cavernous United Center. There is an intimacy and honesty in Streisand’s delivery — a rare treat in this age of lip-synched, overblown concert extravaganzas."[6] The Jerusalem Post wrote on her opening night in Philadelphia "Her voice (and cleavage) were better than many of the stars half her age that are currently touring."[7] The Vancouver Sun stated that "The perennially decorated singer/actor/writer/director left an indelible mark on her Vancouver audience with a performance that was pure, undiluted class."[8]

The show also garnered some negative reviews. The Oakland Tribune reviewed the San Jose concert at HP Pavilion and stated that Streisand relies too much on guest stars and wastes stage time for other performers. Jim Harrington wrote that the show "left too little time for what really should've been the focus of the night — Streisand's voice... I indeed look forward to seeing Streisand "Some Other Time" and when it happens, hopefully she'll leave some of her friends and family members behind."[9]

Commercial[edit]

The first shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center sold out within a day of going on sale.[10] After the show at the Hollywood Bowl sold out, an additional date was added.[11] A second London show at The O2 Arena was added following the demand for the first show, which sold out quickly.[12]

Set list[edit]

  1. "As If We’ve Never Said Goodbye"
  2. "Nice 'n' Easy" / "That Face"
  3. "The Way He Makes Me Feel"
  4. "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered"
  5. "Didn’t We"
  6. "Smile"
  7. "Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long"
  8. "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
  9. "The Way We Were" / "Through the Eyes of Love"
  10. "Being Good Is Good Enough"
  11. "Rose’s Turn" / "Some People" / "Don't Rain on My Parade"
  12. "You're the Top"
  13. "What'll I Do" / "My Funny Valentine"
  14. "Lost Inside of You"
  15. "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"
  16. "Nature Boy"
  17. "How Deep Is the Ocean?"
  18. "People"
  19. "Here’s to Life"
  20. "Make Our Garden Grow" / "Somewhere"
  21. "Some Other Time"
  22. "Happy Days Are Here Again"

Set list per official DVD Tracklisting.[13]

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 — North America[14]
October 8, 2012 Philadelphia United States Wells Fargo Center Chris Botti
Il Volo
12,158 / 12,158 $3,044,990
October 11, 2012 New York City Barclays Center 31,176 / 31,176 $9,327,948
October 13, 2012
October 17, 2012 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 9,997 / 9,997 $2,426,472
October 20, 2012 Ottawa Scotiabank Place 8,117 / 8,117 $1,893,484
October 23, 2012 Toronto Air Canada Centre 13,719 / 13,719 $3,781,896
October 26, 2012 Chicago United States United Center 13,496 / 13,496 $3,894,605
October 29, 2012 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena 11,274 / 11,274 $2,652,666
November 2, 2012 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena 9,856 / 9,856 $3,352,001
November 5, 2012 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 10,987 / 10,987 $2,472,870
November 9, 2012 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl 33,507 / 33,507 $7,810,238
November 11, 2012
Leg 2 — Europe[15]
June 1, 2013 London England The O2 Arena Chris Botti 24,594 / 27,799 $7,323,650
June 3, 2013
June 6, 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome Chris Botti
Jason Gould
Roslyn Kind
24,682 / 24,682 $6,417,017
June 10, 2013
June 12, 2013 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena 12,807 / 12,807 $2,459,429
June 15, 2013 Berlin O2 World 11,022 / 11,022 $2,728,471
Leg 3 — Asia[16]
June 20, 2013 Tel Aviv Israel Bloomfield Stadium Chris Botti
Jason Gould
Roslyn Kind
27,566 / 27,566 $6,742,868
June 22, 2013
TOTAL 254,958 / 258,162 (98%) $66,328,605

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.barbrastreisand.com/us/news/all-barbra-streisand-tickets-sale-now
  2. ^ "Pollstar Year-End Top 50 World Tours". Pollstar. January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.barbrastreisand.com/us/news/barbra-announces-new-tour-dates-europe
  4. ^ http://www.barbrastreisand.com/us/news/barbra-announces-new-concerts-us-and-canada-plus-fan-pre-sale
  5. ^ http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/10/18/barbara-streisand-at-scotiabank
  6. ^ Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/15980567-421/barbra-streisand-a-veteran-tour-de-force-at-the-united-center.html |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Music/Article.aspx?id=287126
  8. ^ http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/music/Barbra+Streisand+proves+tops+Vancouver/7466986/story.html
  9. ^ http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_21938361/review-streisand-show-full-missed-opportunities?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com
  10. ^ http://www.barbra-archives.com/news/index.html
  11. ^ Barton, Chris (25 September 2012). "Barbra Streisand adds second Hollywood Bowl date". Los Angeles Times. 
  12. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a468150/barbra-streisand-announces-second-london-o2-arena-date.html
  13. ^ "Back to Brooklyn (Deluxe CD/DVD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ North American box score data:
  15. ^ European box score data:
  16. ^ Asia box score data: