Better Day World Tour

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Better Day World Tour
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Tour by Dolly Parton
Associated album Better Day
Start date July 17, 2011 (2011-07-17)
End date December 1, 2011 (2011-12-01)
Legs 4
Shows 20 in North America
18 in Europe
11 in Australia
49 Total
Box office US$34 million
Dolly Parton concert chronology
Backwoods Barbie Tour
(2008)
Better Day World Tour
(2011)
Blue Smoke World Tour
(2014)

The Better Day World Tour was the tenth concert tour by American recording artist, Dolly Parton. Visiting North America, Europe and Australia, the tour supported her 41st studio album, Better Day. With nearly 275,000 tickets sold, and an overall gross of $34 million, it is Parton's most successful tour. The tour was her first visit to Australia in 30 years.[1]

Background[edit]

In January 2011, Parton told media outlet she planned to release an album in 2011 and a supporting tour. A month later, British webzine Glasswerk announced the tour to visit Scotland, England[2] and Ireland.[3] In March, the tour was expanded to include dates in the United States. Parton explained the tour would be a joyful celebration full of hope and inspires to look towards better days.[4] To introduce the tour, Parton remarks:[5]

"I’m very excited, first of all, to be going back on tour at all. But I love the fans and I miss the live stage shows. With the new stage show I hope to have a lot of new things for the fans, especially all the new songs from the Better Day CD and some new and different segments in the show with a lot more fun things as well."

The tour began on July 17, 2011 at the Thompson–Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. The inaugural concert benefited Parton's Dollywood Foundation. All proceeds from the concert were donated to the Imagination Library, providing educational opportunities to children in various communities.[6]

Broadcasts & Recordings[edit]

Footage was recorded on the 22nd & 23 November 2011 at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia for a live DVD. The release date has not been announced although Liquid Crystal Productions has stated it will be released in 2013.

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" (Instrumental Introduction)
  2. "Walking on Sunshine" (contains excerpts from "Shine Like the Sun")
  3. "Better Get to Livin'"
  4. "Jolene"
  5. "Rocky Top"
  6. "Dueling Banjos" (Instrumental Interlude)
  7. "Mule Skinner Blues"
  8. "Help!"
  9. "Shine"
  10. "Stairway to Heaven"
  11. "My Tennessee Mountain Home"
  12. "Precious Memories"
  13. "Coat of Many Colors"
  14. "Smoky Mountain Memories"
  15. "Son of a Preacher Man"
  16. "Better Day"
  17. "Together You and I"
  18. "Holding Everything"
  19. "Joyful Noise"
  20. "Queen Latifah Rap" (Performance Interlude)
  21. "He Will Take You Higher" (contains excerpts from "I Want to Take You Higher")
  22. "He's Everything"
  23. "White Limozeen"
  24. "The Best of Both Worlds"
  25. "The Sacrifice"
  26. "In the Meantime"
  27. "Little Sparrow"
  28. "River Deep – Mountain High"
  29. "Here You Come Again
  30. "Islands in the Stream"
  31. "9 to 5"
Encore
  1. "I Will Always Love You"
  2. "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"

Source:[7][8][9]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[10][11][12]
July 17, 2011 Knoxville United States Thompson–Boling Arena
July 19, 2011 Grand Prairie Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
July 20, 2011 Albuquerque Sandia Casino Amphitheater
July 22, 2011 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
July 23, 2011
July 24, 2011 Concord Sleep Train Pavilion
July 27, 2011 Prior Lake Mystic Showroom
July 28, 2011 Rosemont Rosemont Theatre
July 30, 2011 Wallingford Oakdale Theatre
July 31, 2011 Vienna Filene Center
August 2, 2011 Durham Durham Performing Arts Center
August 3, 2011 Alpharetta Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Europe[10][11][12][13]
August 20, 2011 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
August 21, 2011
August 22, 2011 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena Nottingham
August 25, 2011 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
August 27, 2011 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
August 28, 2011 Gothenburg Scandinavium
August 31, 2011 Liverpool England Echo Arena Liverpool
September 2, 2011 Birmingham LG Arena
September 3, 2011 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
September 4, 2011
September 6, 2011 Bournemouth England Windsor Hall
September 7, 2011 London The O2 Arena
September 8, 2011
September 10, 2011 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
September 11, 2011 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
September 12, 2011 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
September 14, 2011 Dublin Ireland The O2
September 15, 2011 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
North America[12][14]
October 7, 2011 Cedar Park United States Cedar Park Center
October 8, 2011 Tulsa BOK Center
October 10, 2011 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
October 11, 2011 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
October 14, 2011 Valdosta All Star Amphitheatre
October 15, 2011 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
October 16, 2011 Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
October 18, 2011 Hollywood Hard Rock Live
Australia[11][12][15]
November 8, 2011 Perth Australia Burswood Dome
November 12, 2011 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
November 15, 2011 Sydney Allphones Arena
November 19, 2011 Pokolbin Hope Estate Winery Amphitheatre
November 20, 2011
November 22, 2011 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
November 23, 2011
November 25, 2011 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
November 26, 2011
November 27, 2011
November 29, 2011 Sydney Allphones Arena
December 1, 2011 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Thompson–Boling Arena Knoxville 8,572 / 9,193 (93%) $450,574[16]
Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie Grand Prairie 3,811 / 3,923 (97%) $244,775[17]
Rosemont Theatre Rosemont 3,181 / 3,500 (91%) $305,163[18]
Durham Performing Arts Center Durham 2,634 / 2,634 (100%) $200,070[19]
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Glasgow 16,822 / 17,237 (97%) $1,782,970[20]
Capital FM Arena Nottingham Nottingham 6,595 / 7,249 (91%) $684,472[20]
Forum Copenhagen Copenhagen 7,522 / 7,522 (100%) $1,036,190[20]
Ericsson Globe Stockholm 11,016 / 11,700 (94%) $1,163,080[20]
Scandinavium Gothenburg 6,985 / 7,900 (88%) $775,750[20]
Echo Arena Liverpool Liverpool 9,191 / 9,305 (99%) $931,719[20]
LG Arena Birmingham 11,317 / 12,437 (91%) $1,174,750[20]
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Cardiff 9,478 / 9,548 (99%) $1,016,210[20]
Windsor Hall Bournemouth 3,337 / 3,373 (99%) $338,780[20]
The O2 Arena London 25,308 / 27,278 (93%) $2,911,080[21]
Metro Radio Arena Newcastle 8,318 / 9,602 (87%) $850,448[20]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 10,925 / 12,202 (89%) $1,106,630[22]
Motorpoint Arena Sheffield Sheffield 7,195 / 10,988 (65%) $734,925[20]
The O2 Dublin 7,589 / 8,300 (91%) $938,481[20]
Odyssey Arena Belfast 5,351 / 7,300 (73%) $596,605[20]
Cedar Park Center Cedar Park 3,783 / 4,034 (94%) $253,165[17]
BOK Center Tulsa 4,157 / 5,389 (77%) $265,209[23]
Mississippi Coast Coliseum Biloxi 2,491 / 4,973 (50%) $178,114[23]
Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater 2,114 / 2,114 (100%) $229,518[24]
Burswood Dome Perth 12,494 / 13,622 (92%) $1,922,350[20]
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide 5,957 / 6,663 (89%) $999,978[20]
Allphones Arena Sydney 15,707 / 16,679 (94%) $2,630,460[25]
Hope Estate Winery Amphitheatre Pokolbin 14,127 / 31,624 (45%) $1,956,130[20]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 25,882 / 28,208 (92%) $4,192,030[25]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 21,691 / 27,594 (79%) $3,787,570[26]
TOTAL 273,550 / 322,091 (85%) $33,657,196

References[edit]

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