My December Tour

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My December Tour
Kc mdt.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Tour by Kelly Clarkson
Associated album My December
Start date September 28, 2007
End date April 13, 2008
Legs 3
Shows 8 in Australia
27 in North America
18 in Europe
53 Total
Kelly Clarkson concert chronology
Addicted Tour
(2006)
My December Tour
(2007-08)
2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour
(2008)

The My December Tour was the fifth headlining concert tour by American pop rock artist Kelly Clarkson, and followed the release Clarkson's third studio album, My December. Originally a large-scale summer tour timed to coincide with the June 2007 availability of the album, public career battles and poor ticket sales in North America led Clarkson to cancel it before it began. A considerably smaller-scale tour commenced in September 2007 and ran to April 2008, with the international legs in Europe and Australia remaining at arena venues.

Background[edit]

First incarnation[edit]

Promotional poster for first incarnation of tour

The tour was initially announced by both Billboard.com and Clarkson's official website on April 26, 2007.[1] It was scheduled for almost 40 dates in North America, running from July 7 to September 28, 2007,[2] beginning in Portland, Oregon's Rose Garden Arena, including such venues as the TD BankNorth Garden in Boston and Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, and concluding at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.[3] For the first time, Clarkson would be playing in arenas instead of the smaller amphitheatres that her previous tours were staged in. Describing the tour, Clarkson stated, “This will be the biggest tour I’ve ever done. It’s all about the music - we’re bringing extra musicians and we’ll be making an arena environment intimate because I want the fans to be part of the show! And you’ll hear all your favorite hits too!!”[2] The show would feature a 36-row catwalk and b-stage, in order to make the large arenas more intimate for fans.[4] Mat Kearney would be her support act for the tour.[5]

The tour was to be sponsored by Vitamin Water.[6] The company set up an exclusive website, kellyallaccess.com, which offered a pre-sale through Ticketmaster as well as other cross-promotional activities with Clarkson.[7] Tickets went on sale on May 12 and prospects for the tour got caught up in Clarkson's very public career drama concerning the contents and commercial potential of My December, her relations with record company boss Clive Davis, and her falling out with her own management.[8][9][10]

On Thursday, June 14, the tour was cancelled per Clarkson's official website, with her statement saying:

However, low ticket sales were acknowledged by promoters and her representatives as the reason for the cancellation. LiveNation CEO Michael Rapino said: "Ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew. In the end, we are in the Kelly Clarkson business and for that reason we believe that this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run."[12]

The My December album itself was finally released on June 26, 2007, and within a few weeks it was clear that its sales would be considerably less than those of her previous two albums. The only public performances to survive the tour cancellation were her five-song set at the Live Earth concert at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007, and various promotional appearances on morning and late-night television programs in conjunction with the album's release.

Second incarnation[edit]

Time passed. On September 4, 2007, a new My December Tour for Fall 2007 in North America was announced on via Billboard.com.[13] It was specified to play 26 dates in 3,000-to-6,000 seat theatres rather than the previous arenas.[13] Ticket sales, when they happened, were now more fitting to the venue; her three shows at New York City's Beacon Theatre were all sold out,[14] while her performance at the Tower Theater outside Philadelphia was virtually so.[15] Shows in Toronto, Minneapolis and Chicago also sold out.

Clarkson then added Australian and European legs to the tour, to take place starting March 2008, after the first leg of her 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour with Reba McEntire. The singles from My December had gotten a somewhat better reception in Australia than in the U.S., and Clarkson was following the strategy of scheduling dates there that the Dixie Chicks had following for their similarly sales-challenged Accidents & Accusations Tour of 2006. Tickets for the Australian tour went on sale October 8, 2007.[16][17] On October 23, 2007, the full European lineup was announced and tickets went on sale immediately. German, Swedish and Dutch tickets went on sale for fans through a number of different ticketing websites and stores across the continent. Although Sony BMG UK set up an official pre-sale for fans through Live Nation, Ents24.com and Seetickets, Orange UK set up a "reserve ticket" system through WAP on their website, for registered Orange users within the UK. There was a high demand for Glasgow and Manchester fans and a further date was added for each within a week. Clarkson scheduled an appearance on the UK TV show This Morning on December 12 to promote the UK leg of the tour.[18]

The show[edit]

Clarkson performing “Miss Independent”.
Clarkson in April 6, 2008.

As in the past, Clarkson's concerts held more in common with traditional rock concerts than with pop- or R&B-oriented "diva" productions. The show began with a stage tableau of the cover of the My December album, complete with staircase laced with gnarly tree branches and Clarkson sitting in the big red dress[19] while the band was frozen like mannequins.[20] Clarkson immediately shed the bulky red dress, however, and performed in an understated black pants and back top outfit.[19] Halfway through the show the main curtain closed, and Clarkson and selected band members performed a quieter mini-set of “Because of You”, “Up to the Mountain”, and “Be Still” in front of the curtain.[20][21] A mash-up of “Miss Independent” and Led Zeppelin's “Whole Lotta LoveAC/DC's "Back In Black" then played for a while over the sound system;[21] when the curtain opened the set had been stripped to a techo-modern look, while Clarkson had undergone the minimal costume change of adding a black sleeveless vest. The single encores segment began with a respectfully delivered “Sober” followed by the informal “Chivas” and then her biggest hit, “Since U Been Gone”,[20] the last of which typically featured sing-alongs or dancing fans pulled up on stage.[22] In all she typically performed for 75 to 80 minutes.[19][21][22]

The show's set list was dominated by My December and Breakaway material, with only “Miss Independent” and "Beautiful Disaster" appearing from her first album Thankful and the only indicator of her American Idol heritage her introduction to the Idol Gives Back showstopper “Up to the Mountain”.[22][23] Clarkson's concert audience in the U.S. was sometimes composed of high school and younger college age people, predominantly female, and preteen girls accompanied by one or both parents, but also sometimes connected with her radio audience, which includes widespread play on adult contemporary stations.[24] The music presented in the show was more conventionally rock-oriented than her concert audience profile might indicate. Clarkson's between-songs stage patter typically made only a few allusions to her career adventures with the My December album.[24] At the start of the tour, she introduced My December material carefully. Near the close of shows, she thanked the audience for giving this chance to her to perform her songs, saying that all the other facets of the music industry paled in importance. She gave more extensive introductions for “Hole” and “Up to the Mountain”,[24] which she said did not fit her normal sound.

Rock critic Greg Kot analyzed the show as portraying three possible career paths for Clarkson: Goth vixen, pop princess, and ballad singer.[22] He suggested that the last of these was where her best chance at artistic growth lay, saying that her mid-concert quiet set had been "a revelation".[22]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Clarkson and band perform during the early part of the set on October 18, 2007 at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
  1. “Untitled I" (contains elements of "Irvine" and "Never Again") (Instrumental Introduction)
  2. One Minute
  3. Behind These Hazel Eyes
  4. Don't Waste Your Time
  5. Never Again
  6. “Maybe”
  7. Gone
  8. “Hole”
  9. “Addicted”
  10. Because of You
  11. Up to the Mountain” - (Patty Griffin cover)
  12. Be Still
  13. Miss Independent
  14. “How I Feel”
  15. Breakaway
  16. Walk Away
  17. Sober
  18. “Chivas”
  19. Since U Been Gone"
Notes
  • "Beautiful Disaster" was performed during concerts in Europe and Australia.
  • During the concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Clarkson performed "Can I Have A Kiss" and "Home". The songs were also included during the show at the Massey Hall in Toronto.
  • During the concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Clarkson performed "No Bad News".

Tour dates[edit]

Clarkson and band perform during the later part of the set on October 18, 2007 at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
Date City Country Venue
Australia
September 28, 2007 Melbourne Australia Palais Theatre
September 30, 2007 Sydney The Forum
North America[26][27]
October 10, 2007 Verona United States Turning Stone Event Center
October 12, 2007 Atlantic City Borgata Event Center
October 14, 2007 New York City Beacon Theatre
October 15, 2007
October 16, 2007
October 18, 2007 Upper Darby Township Tower Theater
October 21, 2007 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
October 23, 2007 Boston Orpheum Theatre
October 24, 2007 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
October 26, 2007 Niagara Falls Seneca Niagara Events Center
October 28, 2007 Detroit The Fillmore Detroit
October 30, 2007 Toronto Canada Massey Hall
November 1, 2007 Chicago United States Chicago Theatre
November 2, 2007 Minneapolis State Theatre
November 5, 2007 Denver Paramount Theatre
November 10, 2007 San Jose Event Center Arena
November 12, 2007 Seattle Paramount Theatre
November 14, 2007 Sacramento Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
November 16, 2007 San Diego San Diego Civic Theatre
November 18, 2007 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre
November 20, 2007 Tempe Gammage Memorial Auditorium
November 23, 2007 Grand Prairie Nokia Live at Grand Prairie
November 25, 2007 Houston Verizon Wireless Theater
November 27, 2007 Atlanta Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
November 29, 2007 Boca Raton Count de Hoernle Amphitheater
December 1, 2007 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
December 3, 2007 Nashville Ryman Auditorium
Australia[28]
March 1, 2008 Perth Australia Challenge Stadium
March 3, 2008 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
March 4, 2008 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 6, 2008 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 8, 2008 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
March 9, 2008 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Europe
March 14, 2008 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
March 17, 2008 Glasgow Scotland Carling Academy Glasgow
March 18, 2008
March 20, 2008 Wolverhampton England Wolverhampton Civic Hall
March 22, 2008 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
March 23, 2008 Bournemouth Solent Hall
March 26, 2008 London Hammersmith Apollo
March 27, 2008
March 29, 2008 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
March 31, 2008 Brighton England Brighton Centre
April 2, 2008 Mannheim Germany Mannheimer Rosengarten
April 3, 2008 Cologne Palladium Köln
April 5, 2008 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
April 6, 2008 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
April 8, 2008 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
April 9, 2008 Copenhagen Denmark Vega Musikkens Hus
April 11, 2008 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
April 13, 2008 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
Cancellations and rescheduled shows

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Borgata Events Center Atlantic City 2,232 / 2,978 (75%) $115,895[15]
Beacon Theatre New York City 8,553 / 8,553 (100%) $364,539[15]
Tower Theatre Upper Darby Township 2,882 / 3,064 (94%) $114,550[15]
The Fillmore Detroit Detroit 2,599 / 2,900 (90%) $94,800[30]
Massey Hall Toronto 2,567 / 2,567 (100%) $62,837[31]
Chicago Theatre Chicago 3,413 / 3,413 (100%) $134,814[32]
State Theatre Minneapolis 2,049 / 2,049 (100%) $80,936[32]
Event Center Arena San Jose 4,613 / 4,666 (99%) $168,525[30]
TOTAL 28,908 / 30,190 (96%) $1,136,896

Personnel[edit]

Band

  • Lead vocals: Kelly Clarkson
  • Keyboards, Musical Director: Jason Halbert
  • Guitar: Aben Eubanks
  • Guitar, Backup Vocals: Cory Churko
  • Bass: Einar Pedersen
  • Drums: Chris Deaner
  • Backup Vocalist, Acoustic Guitar: Jill Pickering
  • Backup Vocalist: Kate Rapier

Other

  • Management: Narvel Blackstock & Starstuck Management
  • Tour Manager: Tim Krieg
  • Production Manager: Allan Hornall
  • Hair & Makeup: Ashley Donovan
  • Security: Brian Butner & NPB Companies, Inc.
  • Booking: CAA

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My December Tour!!!". Clarkson's Official Website. 2007-04-26. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Kelly Clarkson sets summer tour dates". China Daily. Associated Press. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Details emerge for Kelly Clarkson tour". LiveDaily. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Kelly Clarkson on Tour - 'My December' Tour 2007-2008". Generation Kelly Clarkson. Retrieved 2009-01-05. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Bloomingdale’s, Mat Kearney and John Varvatos Partner for VH1 Save The Music" (Press release). Save the Music Foundation. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  6. ^ See first incarnation tour poster.
  7. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Promo With vitaminwater & Wal*Mart". Popdirt.com. 2007-04-10. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  8. ^ Karger, Dave (2007-05-14). "Kelly in Control". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  9. ^ Glock, Allison (2007-06-02). "Rebel Yell". Elle. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  10. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Fires Manager". Us. June 12, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  11. ^ Emily Fromm, "Kelly Clarkson Tour Shelved – For Now", People.com, June 14, 2007.
  12. ^ Mike Bruno, "Clarkson Postpones Summer Tour", EW.com, June 14, 2007.
  13. ^ a b Jonathan Cohen (2007-09-04). "Kelly Clarkson Unveils Fall Tour Plans". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  14. ^ "Kelly Clarkson". Pop and Rock Listings (The New York Times). 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard Magazine (New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  16. ^ Ticketek Australia
  17. ^ SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT :: Australia :: News
  18. ^ Official Ticketmaster site. Kelly Clarkson tickets, concerts and tour dates
  19. ^ a b c "Concert Review: Kelly Clarkson Massey Hall, Toronto". 2007-11-05. 
  20. ^ a b c "Kelly Clarkson’s ‘My December’ Comes To Life at Massey Hall". 2007-10-30. 
  21. ^ a b c Danton, Eric R. (2007-10-22). "Review: Kelly Clarkson at Mohegan Sun". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  22. ^ a b c d e Greg Kot (2007-11-02). "Kelly Clarkson juggles pop, Goth and ballads as she tries to outgrow 'Idol'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  23. ^ Allison Glock (June 6, 2007). "Rebel Yell". Elle. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  24. ^ a b c "Concert Review: Kelly Clarkson's My December Tour". 2007-11-02. 
  25. ^ Jon McLaughlin gears up for solo tour and guest spot with Kelly Clarkson - Music
  26. ^ Boehm, Kristen (2007-09-04). "Kelly Clarkson Announces U.S. Fall Tour Dates". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  27. ^ Kilgore, Kym (2007-09-04). "Kelly Clarkson announces scaled-down tour". Live Daily. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  28. ^ "My December Australian Tour 2008". LiveGuide. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak Souces for original tour itinerary and cancellation:
  30. ^ a b "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard Magazine (New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  31. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard Magazine (New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  32. ^ a b "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard Magazine (New York City: Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-12-27.