Lovers Rock Tour
|Lovers Rock Tour|
Promotional poster for 2001 tour
|Tour by Sade|
|Associated album||Lovers Rock|
|Start date||14 July 2001|
|End date||21 September 2001|
|Shows||42 in North America|
|Sade concert chronology|
The Lovers Rock Tour is the fifth concert tour by British band, Sade. Predominately visiting amphitheaters in North America, the tour support the band's fifth studio album, Lovers Rock. Deemed by many critics as a comeback tour, it marks the band's first performances since 1994 and last until 2011. Although many believed the trek would expand to other countries, this did not come to fruition. With over 40 shows, it became the 13th biggest tour in North America, earning over 26 million.
The tour was announced via Sade's website in April 2001. The announcement stated the tour would begin in the summer of 2001 with 30 shows. Initial dates were rescheduled due to extended rehearsal time. The shows sold well, with many stops adding additional shows. In August 2001, the tour was extended by eight weeks, due to ticket demand. The tour was produced by SFX Entertainment and was the band's first tour in seven years, following the Love Deluxe World Tour. The tour also marks the band's final performances until 2010's tour, Sade Live.
- "Cherish the Day"
- "Your Love Is King"
- "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" (includes excerpt of "Never as Good as the First Time")
- "Cherry Pie"
- "Every Word"
- "Smooth Operator"
- "Kiss of Life"
- "Slave Song"
- "The Sweetest Gift"
- "The Sweetest Taboo"
- "Lovers Rock"
- "King of Sorrow"
- "No Ordinary Love"
- "By Your Side"
- "Is It a Crime"
- "It's Only Love That Gets You Through"
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|17 July 2001||Mountain View, California||Shoreline Amphitheatre||Rescheduled to 18 July 2001|
|18 July 2001||Concord, California||Chronicle Pavilion||Rescheduled to 17 July 2001|
|21 July 2001||Las Vegas, Nevada||MGM Grand Garden Arena||Rescheduled to 27 July 2001|
Box office box score
|Venue||City||Tickets Sold / Available||Gross Revenue|
|Hollywood Bowl||Los Angeles||32,138 / 35,086 (92%)||$1,977,007|
|MGM Grand Garden Arena||Las Vegas||12,225 / 12,846 (95%)||$897,361|
|American Airlines Center||Dallas||11,840 / 13,446 (88%)||$743,730|
|Jones Beach Theater||Wantagh||14,063 / 14,108 (~100%)||$912,919|
|Baltimore Arena||Baltimore||10,349 / 11,390 (91%)||$678,192|
|New Orleans Arena||New Orleans||10,540 / 12,251 (86%)||$648,700|
|TOTAL||91,155 / 99,127 (92%)||$5,857,909|
Broadcasts and recordings
The concerts in Anaheim and Inglewood were chronicled for the band's first live CD/DVD recording respectively titled, Lovers Live. The live recordings were released in February 2002 and topped the charts in the United States, Belgium and Italy. The album sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S., adding a gold record to the band's repertoire.
The tour received high praise from music critics in the U.S. and Canada. Steve Baltin (Rolling Stone) found Adu's vocal performance effortless, during the show at the KeyArena. He says, "Musically, some of the other peak moments were a stunning 'No Ordinary Love'; a moving 'By Your Side'; a buoyant 'Paradise,' and 'King of Sorrow'. After closing with 'By Your Side,' Sade and her band left to a deafening ovation. The three-song encore was highlighted by a vocally powerful 'Is It a Crime,' in which Sade let loose with great success".
Jason Reynolds (NME) writes the band left the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl "beaming". He continues, "As Sade steps out on to the stage, she instantly captures the hearts of the crowd. Still looking stunning, she exudes a magnetism that draws them into her spell. It's very simple - no choreographed dance routines, no pyrotechnics - just Sade herself. The voice". For the concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma; Rauol Hernandez stated despite the heatwave in the CenTex area, Sade was the "storm" the area needed. He further states, "The thunder and lightening video was especially apropos. Sade's quiet storm really is 'The Sweetest Taboo'".
Adu's vocals were deemed smooth as silk for the concert in Rosemont. Corey Moss (MTV News) writes, "Unlike Madonna and Janet Jackson, the other pop divas on tour this summer, Sade doesn't overly decorate her tunes with costumes and choreography". Jane Stevenson (Toronto Sun) gave the performance at the Air Canada Centre 4 out of 5 stars. She explains, "What else would you expect from a singer who was the epitome of cool way back in 1984 with the release of her debut album and has barely changed her trademark laid-back, jazz-inflected R&B grooves or classic ponytail and hoop earrings look since then"?
Issac Guzman (New York Daily News) mentioned the band displayed a passion for music and their fans. He says, "When she sang the title song of last year's 'Lovers Rock' album, she was referring not so much to rock music, but to a solid foundation on which one might build a relationship. This relationship, of course, is best constructed in a vaguely exotic milieu where people rendezvous in small cafes on the French Riviera or dance on the veranda of a private villa stocked with Champagne". Jon Pareles (The New York Times) writes the band displayed various emotions throughout the show at the famous Madison Square Garden. He continues, "Sade still sang with the pauses and hesitations she learned from [Billie] Holiday, but every so often when she reached a confession of great pain or joy, she dispelled the smoke in her voice to reveal a pure, indelible ache. Even when she sang more demurely, it was clear that her composure was anything but nonchalant".
- Sade Adu – vocals
- Andrew Hale – keyboards
- Stuart Matthewman – guitar, saxophone
- Paul S. Denman – bass
- Karl Vanden Bossche – percussion
- Charlie Bouis – recording engineer
- Ian Duncan – digital editing
- Lynn Jeffrey – personal assistant
- Eric Johnston – assistant engineer
- Pete Lewinson – drums
- Tony Momrelle – vocals
- Sophie Muller – image design
- Andrew Nichols – assistant mixer
- Leroy Osbourne – flute, guitar, vocals
- Howard Page – engineer
- Mike Pela – mixing
- Ryan Waters – guitar
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