Better with U Tour

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Better with U Tour
BTR BWUTourPoster.jpg
Promotional poster for tour
Tour by Big Time Rush
Associated album Elevate
Start date February 17, 2012 (2012-02-17)
End date March 10, 2012 (2012-03-10)
Legs 1
Shows 17 in North America
Website www.bigtimetour.com
Big Time Rush concert chronology
Big Time Rush in Concert
(2011)
Better with U Tour
(2012)
Big Time Summer Tour
(2012)

The Better with U Tour[1] was the first headlining tour by American boy band Big Time Rush. Visiting the United States and Canada, the tour supported the band's second studio album, Elevate.

Background[edit]

The band announced the tour November 2011, on On Air with Ryan Seacrest.[2] The group stated the tour would be bigger, moving from the festival circuit, playing theaters and auditoriums. The tour also marks the band's first shows in Canada. The tour became a huge success, with shows selling out in seven major markets: Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Detroit, New York City, Raleigh and Sacramento and the tour sold out in ten minutes.[3][4] The band also played two festival shows, the Houston Rodeo and Mardi Gras at Universal Studios. Joining the band on tour was British-Irish boy band, One Direction, giving the band their first performances in the U.S..

Opening act[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Big Time Rush Theme"
  2. "Time of Our Life"
  3. "Nothing Even Matters"
  4. "No Idea"
  5. "Love Me Love Me"
  6. "If I Ruled the World"
  7. "Superstar"
  8. "Invisible"
  9. "Boyfriend"
  10. "Cover Girl"
  11. "Worldwide"
  12. "Show Me"
  13. "Music Sounds Better with U"
  14. "Til I Forget About You"

Encore

  1. "Elevate"
  2. "City Is Ours"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[8]
February 17, 2012 Las Vegas United States Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts
February 18, 2012 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre
February 19, 2012 San Jose Event Center Arena
February 20, 2012 Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
February 22, 2012 Broomfield 1stBank Center
February 24, 2012 Rosemont Akoo Theatre
February 25, 2012 Detroit Fox Theatre
February 26, 2012 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
February 28, 2012 Albany United States Palace Theatre
March 1, 2012 Ledyard MGM Grand Theater
March 2, 2012 Fairfax Patriot Center
March 3, 2012 Boston Agganis Arena
March 4, 2012[A] Houston Reliant Stadium
March 6, 2012 Durham Durham Performing Arts Center
March 7, 2012 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
March 9, 2012 New York City Radio City Music Hall
March 10, 2012[B] Orlando Universal Music Plaza Stage
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.[7]
B This concert was a part of Universal Orlando Mardi Gras.[9]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Event Center Arena San Jose 4,131 / 4,204 (98%) $181,395[10]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 6,193 / 6,193 (100%) $269,848[11]
Patriot Center Fairfax 5,544 / 5,544 (100%) $249,300[12]
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 7,711 / 8,815 (87%) $271,037[13]
Radio City Music Hall New York City 5,922 / 5,922 (100%) $254,602[14]
TOTAL 29,501 / 30,678 (96%) $1,226,182

Critical reception[edit]

The tour received positive reviews from music critics. Mark Lewis (American River Current) gave the show in Sacramento a rating of "love it" and said: "Put simply, BTR delivered on the hype that incited a crowd of young women to travel from as far as Fresno to catch a glimpse of their fresh-faced idols. Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium was filled to capacity over two hours before Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan took the stage".[15] Carin Lane's (Times Union) eight-year-old son described the show in Albany as the "best night ever". She wrote: "These guys can sing and move, as the show was well-choreographed on a stage that included a massive, three-tiered scaffolding with ramps, a walkway, two towers and a trampoline".[16]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Nancy (29 February 2012). "l about Pop: Big Time Rush the latest boy band to grace Foxwoods". The Bulletin. GateHouse Media. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Murray, Michael (9 November 2011). "Big Time Rush Announces ‘Better With U’ National Tour [AUDIO]". On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Ryan Seacrest Productions. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Big Time Rush “Better With U Tour” – Six Major Markets Sold Out!". ClevverTV. Clevver Media LLC. 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Sharp, Richard (21 February 2012). "Big Time Rush Draws Big-Time Crowd In Sacramento". KCRA-TV. Hearst Television. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Fuoco-Karasinski, Christina (15 February 2012). "Jackson Guthy to open on Big Time Rush tour". SoundSpike. SoundSpike Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (10 February 2012). "One Direction, Big Time Rush Talk Joint Tour". MTV News. Viacom Media Networks. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Guerra, Joey (4 March 2012). "RodeoHouston review: Big Time Rush". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Hasaka, Amanda (9 November 2011). "Big Time Rush Announces ‘Better With U’ National Tour!". Celebuzz. Spin Media. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (8 March 2012). "Don’t miss: Big Time Rush at Mardi Gras". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Company. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City, New York: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (7). 3 March 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City, New York: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (43). 17 November 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City, New York: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (11). April 7, 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City, New York: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (10). 24 March 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard (New York City, New York: Prometheus Global Media) 124 (18). 26 May 2012. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Lewis, Mark (24 February 2012). "Big Time Rush excites and entertains a sold-out Sacramento audience". American River Current. American River College. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Lane, Carin (29 February 2012). "Big Time Rush fills night with adrenaline". Times Union. Hearst Corporation. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.