More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour

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More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour
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Promotional poster for tour
Tour by Diana Ross
Start date May 15, 2010 (2010-05-15)
End date April 28, 2012 (2012-04-28)
Legs 5
Shows 76 in North America
Diana Ross concert chronology
I Love You Tour
(2007-08)
More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour
(2010-12)

The More Today Than Yesterday: The Greatest Hits Tour[1] is a concert tour by American recording artist Diana Ross. Primarily visiting the United States and Canada, the tour showcases Ross' greatest hits that span her nearly 50 years in the music industry. The tour was well received by critics and fans. The first leg of the tour earned over four million dollars, finishing at 66th place on Pollstar's "Top 100 North American Tours".[2]

Background[edit]

The tour was announced in March 2010 as a summer tour, visiting over 17 cities in the United States.[3] Due to public demand, the tour was expanded in the fall of 2010 to include additional dates in the U.S. and Canada. Further expansion came in 2011 with an additional 17 dates planned. To introduce the tour, Ross stated, "We work our way up: The ’60s — The Supremes — the 70's and the ’80s and 'I’m Coming Out' [...] The music is timeless, I must say, especially the Motown music; it's timeless and it's really special."[4]

Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America—Leg 1[9][10][11][12]
May 15, 2010 Boston United States Wang Theatre
May 16, 2010 Ledyard MGM Grand Theater
May 18, 2010 Red Bank Count Basie Theatre
May 19, 2010 New York City Radio City Music Hall
May 21, 2010 Atlantic City Circus Maximus Theater
May 25, 2010 North Bethesda Music Center at Strathmore
May 27, 2010 Chicago Chicago Theatre
May 28, 2010 Cleveland State Theatre
May 29, 2010 Detroit Fox Theatre
May 31, 2010 Toronto Canada Roy Thomson Hall
June 2, 2010 Knoxville United States Tennessee Theatre
June 4, 2010 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 5, 2010[A] Memphis Memphis Botanic Garden
June 6, 2010 St. Louis Fox Theatre
June 9, 2010 Los Angeles Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
June 11, 2010 San Diego Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
June 12, 2010 Saratoga Mountain Winery Amphitheater
North America—Leg 2[13]
September 11, 2010 Calgary Canada Stampede Corral
September 14, 2010 Brookville United States Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
September 15, 2010 Albany Palace Theatre
September 17, 2010 Orillia Canada Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 18, 2010
September 21, 2010 Dayton United States Mead Theatre
November 12, 2010 Paradise The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
November 13, 2010
November 16, 2010 Naples Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts
November 17, 2010 Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
November 19, 2010 Melbourne King Center for the Performing Arts
November 20, 2010 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 21, 2010 Hollywood Hard Rock Live
North America—Leg 3
February 25, 2011 Choctaw United States The Arena at Golden Moon
February 26, 2011 Bossier City Riverdome
February 27, 2011 Austin Moody Theater
March 1, 2011 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
March 2, 2011 Dallas Majestic Theatre
March 4, 2011 Jacksonville Moran Theater
March 5, 2011 Greenville Peace Concert Hall
March 7, 2011 Charleston Dock Street Theatre
March 9, 2011 Charlotte McGlohon Theatre
March 11, 2011 Durham Durham Performing Arts Center
March 12, 2011[B] Washington, D.C. Washington Convention Center
March 13, 2011 Poughkeepsie Bardavon 1869 Opera House
March 15, 2011 Englewood Bergen Performing Arts Center
March 16, 2011 Hartford Mortensen Hall
March 18, 2011 Stamford Palace Theatre
March 19, 2011 Atlantic City Circus Maximus Theater
March 20, 2011 Staten Island St. George Theatre
North America—Leg 4[14][15]
September 9, 2011 Indio United States Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
September 11, 2011 Temecula Pechanga Showroom Theater
September 13, 2011 San Diego Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
September 14, 2011 Livermore Wente Vineyards Outdoor Theatre
September 16, 2011 San Francisco Golden Gate Theatre
September 17, 2011 San Rafael Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
September 19, 2011 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena
September 20, 2011 Denver Wells Fargo Theatre
September 22, 2011 Concho Lucky Star Casino Events Center
September 23, 2011 Thackerville Global Event Center
September 27, 2011 Columbus Ohio Theatre
September 28, 2011 Rochester Rochester Auditorium
September 30, 2011 Wilkes-Barre Kirby Center for Performing Arts
October 1, 2011 Reading Sovereign Performing Arts Center
October 2, 2011 Morristown Mayo Performing Arts Center
October 4, 2011 Worcester Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
North America—Leg 5[8][16]
February 23, 2012 Hollywood United States Hard Rock Live
February 24, 2012 St. Petersburg Mahaffey Theater
February 25, 2012[C] Orlando Universal Music Plaza Stage
February 27, 2012 Naples Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts
February 28, 2012 Fort Pierce Sunrise Theatre
March 1, 2012 Atlanta Fox Theatre
March 2, 2012 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
March 3, 2012 Cherokee Harrah's Cherokee Event Center
March 22, 2012 Los Angeles Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
April 21, 2012 Biloxi Beau Rivage Theatre
April 22, 2012 Memphis Orpheum Theatre
April 24, 2012 Indianapolis Murat Theatre
April 26, 2012 Louisville Louisville Palace
April 27, 2012 Hammond The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
April 28, 2012[D] St. Louis Peabody Opera House
Festivals and other miscellaneous appearances
A This concert was a part of the "Live at the Garden" concert series[17]
B This concert was a part of the "25th Annual Leukemia Ball"[18]
C This concert was a part of "Universal Studios Mardi Gras"[19]
D This concert is a part of the "Young Variety Night of the Rising Stars"[20]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
September 15, 2011 Yountville, California Lincoln Theatre Cancelled

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Radio City Music Hall New York City 5,974 / 5,974 (100%) $519,335[21]
Circus Maximus Theater Atlantic City 3,155 / 3,169 (99%) $253,323[22][23]
Chicago Theatre Chicago 3,517 / 3,517 (100%) $277,071[24]
Fox Theatre Detroit 3,232 / 4,493 (72%) $209,501[25]
Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Los Angeles 5,397 / 5,728 (94%) $351,196[26]
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Paradise 6,439 / 8,069 (80%) $480,680[27]
Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater 1,965 / 1,965 (100%) $167,106[28]
Riverdome Bossier City 1,338 / 1,338 (100%) $143,462[29]
Durham Performing Arts Center Durham 2,642 / 2,642 (100%) $192,347[30]
Sovereign Performing Arts Center Reading 1,328 / 1,774 (75%) $130,850[31]
Fox Theatre Atlanta 3,793 / 4,412 (86%) $260,975[32]
Ryman Auditorium Nashville 2,263 / 2,263 (100%) $233,311[32]
Harrah's Cherokee Event Center Cherokee 2,671 / 3,000 (89%) $256,045[33]
The Venue at Horseshoe Casino Hammond 2,350 / 2,516 (93%) $187,640[34]
TOTAL 46,064 / 50,860 (90%) $3,662,842

Critical reception[edit]

The first leg of the tour received positive feedback from music critics. Jim Farber (New York Daily News) praised the performance at the Radio City Music Hall noting, "In fact, the show found her quite engaged, banishing the cynicism so many well-seasoned stars betray on their nine millionth run through the hits. (If you want to see that sort of cynicism, buy a ticket to the next Aretha Franklin concert). By contrast, Ross seemed entirely present, delivering full versions of the hits instead of the usual bum's rush of medleys. Then again, most of these songs last no more than 3 minutes, so that wasn't exactly a Herculean feat."[35] Emily Stokes (Financial Times) gave the same concert four out of five stars. She wrote, "A final rendition of "You Are Not Alone" secured her place as the fairy godmother of Motown. "If you need me, call me", she advised the audience, before leaving the stage to change out of her final, silver dress."[36]

Jane Stevenson (Toronto Sun) gave the performance at the Roy Thomson Hall four out of five stars writing, "Even her eyes were big as she stared out into the audience and took them through her impressive 50-year career of Motown soul, blues, gospel, disco, and pop starting with the ho-hum late ‘70s hit The Boss and before quickly moving into Supremes era-gold like More Today Than Yesterday, Reflections, You Can’t Hurry Love, Stop In The Name of Love, You Keep Me Hanging On, and the granddaddy of them all - Love Child."[6] Mark Jordan (Go Memphis) described Ross' performance at the Memphis Botanic Garden "regal". He further commented, "And at the center of it all was Ross — commanding the stage, pulling off quick costume changes, and keeping the show's breakneck pace on time — setting a pace that would have left even her younger, modern-day successors like Beyoncé winded."[37]

Greg Haymes (Times Union) stated Ross throw out her "diva" attitude for the concert at the Palace Theatre. He wrote, "Ross was in fine voice throughout the evening, and she got sensuous and sultry with Bert Bacharach's classic 'The Look of Love' and a pair of Billie Holiday gems -- the bluesy 'Fine and Mellow' and 'Don't Explain'—but she didn't really make them her own the way she did with 'Touch Me in the Morning.'[38] Those who attended the show at Hard Rock Live agreed with Veda Jo Jenkins (The Palm Beach Post). She stated, "From the club classic to the love ballads like "Touch Me in the Morning", Ross’ performance was old school. No fanfare, no big video screens with hi-def graphics, just her solo with an outrageous horn section that truly accentuated her voice and the mood."[39]

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