OMG Tour

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OMG Tour
Usher Vegas OMG Tour poster.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Tour by Usher
Associated album Raymond v. Raymond, Versus
Start date November 10, 2010 (2010-11-10)
End date June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01)
Legs 4
Shows 50 in North America
26 in Europe
2 in Asia
14 in Australia
92 in Total
Usher concert chronology
Truth Tour
(2004)
OMG Tour
(2010–11)
Euphoria Tour
(2013)

OMG Tour was the third concert tour by American recording artist Usher. Visiting North America, Asia, Europe and Australia, the tour accompanies his sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond (2010), as well as his first extended play, Versus (2010). At the conclusion of 2011, the tour placed seventh on Billboard's annual, "Top 25 Tours", earning nearly $75 million with 73 shows.[1]

Background[edit]

In the summer of 2010, Usher competed in a dance battle against fellow R&B artist Chris Brown at the Reggae Sumfest. The battle sparked an Internet rumor of the two possibly going on tour. This was further pushed by producer Jermaine Dupri alluding that the two artist may be unaware of this upcoming tour. The singers later took to Twitter to ask who the fans would like to see them perform with.[2] On September 8, 2010, the singer announced his touring trek (and revealed it was solo) for North America. Due to demand, many additional stops in Europe and Australasia were added. It is Usher's first arena tour since The Truth Tour in 2004.[3] To introduce the tour, Usher stated,

"Live performance has always been my thing. It's my purpose to master and capture the moment every time I have you connected. For me, I wanted to make sure that it was state of the art. I wanted to make sure that, in comparison to the other shows that are going on around the world, you get the type of experience that leave you saying, 'OMG.' [...] The look of the tour, it's a little futuristic but enough to capture your attention and leave you saying, 'OMG.' That's the whole point. With an incredible record, I wanted to also leave a great impression.[4]

Concert synopsis[edit]

The show began with Usher walking onstage amidst red smoke and fireworks, wearing a helmet-like headpiece, and performed "Monstar", "She Don't Know" and "Yeah!".[5] During "Caught Up" he sang into a gold gun-shaped microphone, with which he did tricks.[5] The performance of "More" included break dancing choreography.[5] While Usher sang "OMG", fireworks were let off and blue and white confetti rained.[5]

Opening acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Usher performing at the Toyota Center
  1. "Monstar"
  2. "She Don't Know"
  3. "Yeah!"
  4. "U Remind Me"
  5. "U Don't Have to Call"
  6. Michael Jackson Tribute Medley: "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"/ "Rock With You"/ "Billie Jean"
  7. "You Make Me Wanna"
  8. "Mars vs. Venus"
  9. "Nice and Slow"
  10. "Love 'Em All"
  11. "Trading Places"
  12. "Love in This Club"
  13. "Lil Freak"
  14. "Hot Tottie"
  15. "There Goes My Baby"
  16. "Burn"
  17. "Bad Girl"
  18. "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"
  19. Medley: "Confessions Part II" / "My Boo" / "I Need a Girl (Part One)" / "Lovers and Friends"
  20. "Caught Up"
  21. "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love"
  22. "More"
Encore
  1. "OMG"

Source:[4][11]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Asia
July 13, 2010 Macau Macau Venetian Arena
North America[3][4][12][13][14][15]
November 10, 2010 Seattle United States KeyArena
November 12, 2010 Oakland Oracle Arena
November 13, 2010 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
November 14, 2010 Anaheim Honda Center
November 17, 2010 San Diego Valley View Casino Center
November 18, 2010 Los Angeles Staples Center
November 19, 2010 Glendale Jobing.com Arena
November 23, 2010 Houston Toyota Center
November 24, 2010 Dallas American Airlines Center
November 26, 2010 St.Louis Scottrade Center
November 27, 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center
November 29, 2010 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
November 30, 2010 Montreal Bell Centre
December 2, 2010 Detroit United States Joe Louis Arena
December 3, 2010 Rosemont Allstate Arena
December 5, 2010 Atlanta Philips Arena
December 7, 2010 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
December 8, 2010 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
December 10, 2010 Newark Prudential Center
December 13, 2010 New York City Madison Square Garden
December 14, 2010
December 16, 2010 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
December 17, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
December 18, 2010 Hartford XL Center
December 21, 2010 Boston TD Garden
December 27, 2010 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
December 28, 2010 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
December 29, 2010 Memphis FedEx Forum
December 31, 2010 Miami American Airlines Arena
Europe[4][12][16]
January 18, 2011 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
January 20, 2011 Marseille Le Dôme de Marseille
January 21, 2011 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
January 23, 2011 Strasbourg France Zénith de Strasbourg
January 24, 2011 Paris Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
January 26, 2011 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
January 27, 2011 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
January 29, 2011 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
January 30, 2011 Liverpool England Echo Arena Liverpool
February 2, 2011 London The O2 Arena
February 3, 2011
February 15, 2011 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
February 17, 2011 London England The O2 Arena
February 18, 2011
February 20, 2011 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
February 21, 2011 London The O2 Arena
February 23, 2011 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
February 24, 2011 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
February 26, 2011 Dublin Ireland The O2
February 27, 2011
March 1, 2011 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
March 2, 2011 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
March 4, 2011 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
March 5, 2011 Hamburg O2 World Hamburg
March 6, 2011 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
March 7, 2011 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
Asia[12][17][18]
March 10, 2011 Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
March 12, 2011 Shanghai China Mercedes-Benz Arena
Australasia[4][12][19]
March 15, 2011 Perth Australia Burswood Dome
March 18, 2011 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
March 19, 2011 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 20, 2011
March 22, 2011 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
March 23, 2011 Sydney Acer Arena
March 24, 2011
March 26, 2011 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 28, 2011 Sydney Acer Arena
March 29, 2011
March 31, 2011 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
April 1, 2011
April 2, 2011
April 5, 2011 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
North America[12][20]
April 27, 2011 Sunrise United States BankAtlantic Center
April 28, 2011 Orlando Amway Center
April 30, 2011 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
May 1, 2011 Columbia Colonial Life Arena
May 4, 2011 Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center
May 6, 2011 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
May 7, 2011 Newark Prudential Center
May 8, 2011 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
May 11, 2011 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center
May 12, 2011 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
May 14, 2011 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
May 15, 2011 Auburn Hills United States Palace of Auburn Hills
May 18, 2011 Columbus Schottenstein Center
May 20, 2011 Rosemont Allstate Arena
May 21, 2011 Minneapolis Target Center
May 22, 2011 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha
May 25, 2011 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
May 26, 2011 Portland United States Rose Garden
May 28, 2011 Sacramento Power Balance Pavilion
May 29, 2011 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
June 1, 2011 Los Angeles Staples Center
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
December 11, 2010 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope Cancelled[21]
January 12, 2011 Berlin, Germany O2 World Initially postponed to January 13, 2011 however, the concert was cancelled 45 minutes into the show[22]
January 14, 2011 Rotterdam, Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam Postponed then rescheduled to March 1, 2011[22]
January 15, 2011 Oberhausen, Germany König-Pilsener Arena Cancelled[23]
January 16, 2011 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis Postponed then rescheduled to March 2, 2011[22]
March 29, 2011 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena This concert was moved to April 5, 2011

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
KeyArena Seattle 13,179 / 13,179 (100%) $900,792[24]
Oracle Arena Oakland 15,613 / 15,613 (100%) $1,095,085[24]
Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas 8,398 / 8,398 (100%) $926,907[24]
Honda Center Anaheim 11,354 / 11,354 (100%) $851,717[24]
Valley View Casino Center San Diego 10,218 / 10,218 (100%) $655,930[24]
Staples Center Los Angeles 27,221 / 27,221 (100%) $2,269,032[25][26]
Jobing.com Arena Glendale 11,086 / 11,086 (100%) $818,907[24]
Toyota Center Houston 12,812 / 12,812 (100%) $996,189[24]
American Airlines Center Dallas 13,492 / 13,492 (100%) $937,622[24]
Scottrade Center St. Louis 11,616 / 11,616 (100%) $777,678[24]
Sprint Center Kansas City 14,291 / 14,291 (100%) $963,888[24]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 16,100 / 16,100 (100%) $1,291,800[24]
Bell Centre Montreal 15,260 / 15,260 (100%) $1,175,933[24]
Madison Square Garden New York City 29,462 / 29,462 (100%) $2,567,864[27]
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia 11,049 / 11,049 (100%) $889,097[27]
Verizon Center Washington, D.C. 15,452 / 15,452 (100%) $1,226,629[27]
XL Center Hartford 11,198 / 11,198 (100%) $674,877[27]
TD Garden Boston 12,226 / 12,226 (100%) $901,581[27]
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 12,219 / 12,219 (100%) $888,709[27]
New Orleans Arena New Orleans 14,988 / 14,988 (100%) $937,802[27]
FedEx Forum Memphis 11,350 / 11,350 (100%) $743,770[27]
American Airlines Arena Miami 12,992 / 12,992 (100%) $1,235,545[27]
The O2 Arena London 69,761 / 70,260 (99%) $4,656,200[28]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 26,010 / 29,348 (89%) $1,335,360[29]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 31,248 / 31,812 (99%) $1,739,160[30]
O2 World Hamburg Hamburg 11,778 / 12,469 (94%) $732,505[31]
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide 9,155 / 9,155 (100%) $1,292,119[32]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 62,075 / 62,075 (100%) $7,544,120[32]
Newcastle Entertainment Centre Newcastle 6,941 / 6,989 (99%) $1,028,240[31]
Acer Arena Sydney 55,792 / 60,148 (93%) $7,530,500[30]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 11,482 / 11,482 (100%) $1,681,740[33]
Vector Arena Auckland 11,510 / 11,510 (100%) $1,019,420[34]
BankAtlantic Center Sunrise 10,039 / 10,039 (100%) $657,126[26]
Amway Center Orlando 9,807 / 9,807 (100%) $688,373[26]
Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte 10,602 / 10,602 (100%) $644,240[26]
Colonial Life Arena Columbia 10,733 / 10,733 (100%) $629,370[26]
Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence 7,876 / 7,876 (100%) $479,703[26]
Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City 12,198 / 12,198 (100%) $861,681[26]
Prudential Center Newark 11,783 / 11,783 (100%) $890,168[26]
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale 9,502 / 9,502 (100%) $747,516[26]
Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh 13,044 / 13,044 (100%) $815,557[26]
Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland 11,501 / 11,501 (100%) $632,022[26]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 15,984 / 15,984 (100%) $1,310,834[26]
Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills 11,689 / 11,689 (100%) $810,800[26]
Value City Arena Columbus 11,601 / 11,601 (100%) $735,854[26]
Allstate Arena Rosemont 10,766 / 10,766 (100%) $734,451[26]
Target Center Minneapolis 12,711 / 12,711 (100%) $804,713[26]
Qwest Center Arena Omaha 14,424 / 14,424 (100%) $977,494[26]
Rogers Arena Vancouver 14,133 / 14,133 (100%) $1,180,892[26]
Rose Garden Portland 10,099 / 10,099 (100%) $667,846[26]
Power Balance Pavilion Sacramento 10,798 / 10,798 (100%) $574,199[26]
HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose 10,725 / 10,725 (100%) $614,277[26]
TOTAL 855,903 / 865,399 (99%) $70,212,894

Broadcast and recordings[edit]

The DVD of the OMG Tour was filmed on February 21, 2011, at The O2 Arena in London. The DVD was released as OMG Tour: Live From London on October 31, 2011.[35][36]

Critical reception[edit]

The Dallas Morning News Mario Tarradell enjoyed the show, writing that "splash and flash are[Usher's] key ingredients."[37] Jim Harrington of San Jose Mercury News commended Usher's dancing ability, but criticized the show for over-using "distracting" theatrical effects, saying that "the best parts of the big-budget 'OMG' show came when the bells and whistles stopped and the fans were allowed to concentrate all their attention on Usher".[38]

Personnel[edit]

  • Director - Barry Lather [39]
  • Choreography - Anwar "Flii Stylz" Burton,[40] Aakomon "AJ" Jones, Todd Sams and David "SuperDave" Royster
  • Musical Direction - Johnny "Natural" Najera, Josh Thomas and Usher Raymond IV
  • Art/Creative - Barry Lather, Josh Thomas, Anwar "Flii Stylz" Burton, Usher Raymond IV and Aakomon "AJ" Jones
  • Dancers - Devin Jamieson, Marc “Marvelous” Inniss, Saidah Nairobi, Eddy Morales, Ed Moore and Todd Sams

Source:[41]

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