Sade Live

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Sade Live
Sade tour poster 2011.jpg
Promotional poster for 2011 tour
Tour by Sade
Associated album Soldier of Love
The Ultimate Collection
Start date 29 April 2011 (2011-04-29)
End date 16 December 2011 (2011-12-16)
Legs 5
Shows 38 in Europe
54 in North America
5 in South America
6 in Australia
1 in Asia
104 Total
Box office $52 million
Sade concert chronology
Lovers Rock Tour
(2001)
Sade Live
(2011)

Sade Live (also known as the Once in a Lifetime Tour or the Soldier of Love Tour)[1][2] is the sixth concert tour by British band, Sade. Visiting Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia the tour supports the band's sixth studio album, Soldier of Love and their second compilation album, The Ultimate Collection. This trek marks the band's first tour in nearly a decade.[3] The tour ranked 27th in Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)", earning over 20 million dollars.[4] At the conclusion of 2011, the tour placed tenth on Billboard's annual, "Top 25 Tours", earning over $50 million with 59 shows.[5]

Background and response[edit]

The tour was officially announced on 30 September 2010 via press release.[6] Shortly, media outlets began to buzz over the tour. Concurrently, the announcement of the tour followed the band's recent studio album, Soldier of Love, certified platinum in the United States.[7] Advertised as a world tour, the initial announcement showed ten dates in the Southeastern United States. Soon after, dates in the United Kingdom[8] were announced as well—giving the band its first performances in nearly two decades.[9] At the start of 2011, the album was nominated for two Grammy Awards, prompting the band to add additional dates in the U.S.. During this time, American recording artist John Legend was revealed to be the opening act for the North American leg of the tour. Additional dates in Europe and North America followed. Frontwoman, Sade Adu, described touring as being on a thrill ride at an amusement park. She further comments, "Once you’re on the ride, you’re so involved in it that it's almost too late to say, ‘What am I doing?’ In some ways, I’m already psyched up [for the tour]. You have to know that it's going to be good to bring yourself to do it."[10]

To introduce the tour, Adu states:[10]

"You can never translate the reality of a show, which is good. I like to think this tour will be better than ever. We’re aiming high," she said. "It's a big production. It's going to be quite theatrical and hopefully visually do a good service to the songs and represent them well and take you somewhere. Hopefully, when people leave, they’ll leave with something."

Billboard Magazine devoted its August 2011 cover story to the tour, highlighting details of the tour and its financial response. Sade's longtime collaborator Sophie Muller is serving as creative director of the tour while Baz Halpin (known for his work on tours by P!nk and Tina Turner) is handling production and lighting design (including the jumbo LED screen that flashes imagery behind Sade while she's performing). According to the Billboard cover story, from 16 June to 14 August, the tour had grossed $31.4 million and drew 345,441 concert-goers to 36 concerts, of which 16 were sell-outs. As of 1 June, the band ranked as the eighth highest-grossing tour based on reported boxscores and ranks No. 7. in concerts for ticket prices for the band range from $20 to $180 in various markets.[11]

Due to the success of the current tour, new dates were added in Australia which will give the band its return to the land down under in almost twenty years.

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

During the American leg of Sade's 2011 tour, acclaimed British director, Sophie Muller, captured the band's two-hour visually stunning show for release on DVD, with accompanying Live CD. In addition to the concert, Sade also grants rare glimpses of behind-the-stage scenes with a 20-minute documentary, exclusive candid moments, a short technical documentary by Stuart Matthewman, and outtakes from the crew.

Opening acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

  1. "Soldier of Love"
  2. "Your Love Is King"
  3. "Skin"
  4. "Kiss of Life"
  5. "Love is Found"
  6. "In Another Time"
  7. "Smooth Operator"
  8. "Jezebel"
  9. "Bring Me Home"
  10. "Is It a Crime"
  11. "Love is Stronger Than Pride"
  12. "All About Our Love"
  13. Medley: "Paradise" / "Nothing Can Come Between Us"
  14. "Morning Bird"
  15. "King of Sorrow"
  16. "The Sweetest Taboo"
  17. "The Moon and the Sky"
  18. "Pearls"
  19. "No Ordinary Love"
  20. "By Your Side"
Encore
  1. "Cherish the Day"

Source:[14]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[15][16]
29 April 2011 Nice France Palais Nikaia
1 May 2011 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
3 May 2011 Hamburg Germany O2 World Hamburg
4 May 2011 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
6 May 2011 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
7 May 2011 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
9 May 2011 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
10 May 2011 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
12 May 2011 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
13 May 2011 Berlin O2 World
14 May 2011 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
16 May 2011 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
17 May 2011 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
19 May 2011 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
20 May 2011 Metz France Galaxie Amnéville
21 May 2011 Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
23 May 2011 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
25 May 2011 Dublin Ireland The O2
27 May 2011 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
29 May 2011 Birmingham LG Arena
31 May 2011 London The O2 Arena
North America[16][17][18][19]
16 June 2011 Baltimore United States 1st Mariner Arena
18 June 2011 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center
19 June 2011 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
21 June 2011 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
22 June 2011 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
24 June 2011 East Rutherford Izod Center
25 June 2011 Newark Prudential Center
28 June 2011 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
30 June 2011[A] Montreal Bell Centre
2 July 2011 Atlantic City United States Etess Arena
3 July 2011 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
6 July 2011 Boston TD Garden
8 July 2011 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
9 July 2011 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
10 July 2011 Columbus Value City Arena
12 July 2011 Atlanta Philips Arena
13 July 2011
15 July 2011 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
16 July 2011 Miami American Airlines Arena
17 July 2011 Orlando Amway Center
22 July 2011 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
23 July 2011 Houston Toyota Center
24 July 2011 Dallas American Airlines Center
26 July 2011 Kansas City Sprint Center
28 July 2011 St. Louis Scottrade Center
29 July 2011 Memphis FedExForum
31 July 2011 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
1 August 2011 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
3 August 2011 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
5 August 2011 Chicago United Center
6 August 2011
7 August 2011
9 August 2011 Minneapolis Target Center
11 August 2011 Denver Pepsi Center
13 August 2011 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
14 August 2011 Seattle United States KeyArena
15 August 2011 Portland Rose Garden
17 August 2011 Sacramento Power Balance Pavilion
19 August 2011 Los Angeles Staples Center
20 August 2011
21 August 2011
23 August 2011 Chula Vista Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
25 August 2011 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
26 August 2011 Oakland Oracle Arena
27 August 2011
30 August 2011 Anaheim Honda Center
31 August 2011
2 September 2011 Phoenix US Airways Center
3 September 2011 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
4 September 2011 Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena
7 September 2011 Austin Frank Erwin Center
9 September 2011 Louisville KFC Yum! Center
10 September 2011 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
12 September 2011 Norfolk Norfolk Scope
South America[20]
12 October 2011 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena
13 October 2011
15 October 2011 Buenos Aires Argentina Predio Vicente López al Río
20 October 2011 São Paulo Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera
22 October 2011 Rio de Janeiro HSBC Arena
25 October 2011 Brasília Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
Europe[17]
29 October 2011 Sofia Bulgaria Armeets Arena
30 October 2011 Belgrade Serbia Belgrade Arena
2 November 2011 Tallinn Estonia Saku Suurhall
3 November 2011 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
5 November 2011 St. Petersburg Russia Ice Palace Saint Petersburg
7 November 2011 Moscow Crocus City Hall
8 November 2011
11 November 2011 Łódź Poland Atlas Arena
13 November 2011 Bratislava Slovakia Ondrej Nepela Arena
15 November 2011 Leipzig Germany Arena Leipzig
16 November 2011 Mannheim SAP Arena
18 November 2011 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
19 November 2011 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen
20 November 2011 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
22 November 2011 Zagreb Croatia Arena Zagreb
23 November 2011 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
25 November 2011 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
Australia[21][22]
2 December 2011 Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
3 December 2011 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
6 December 2011[B] Perth The Esplanade
9 December 2011 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
10 December 2011
12 December 2011 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Asia[23]
16 December 2011[C] Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Yas Arena
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival[24]
B This concert is a part of "A Day on the Green"[25][26]
C This concert is a part of "Yas Island Weekends"[27]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
20 November 2011 Herning, Denmark Jyske Bank Boxen Cancelled
3 December 2011 McLaren Vale, Australia Leconfield Wines Estate Cancelled. This concert was a part of "A Day on the Green".
6 December 2011 Perth, Australia Kings Park This concert was moved to The Esplanade
10 December 2011 Pokolbin, Australia Hope Estate Winery Amphitheatre Cancelled. This concert was a part of "A Day on the Green".
14 December 2011 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre Rescheduled to 12 December 2011
16 December 2011[B] Yarra Valley, Australia Rochford Wines Estate Cancelled. This concert was a part of "A Day on the Green".

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Sportpaleis Antwerp 10,776 / 11,541 (93%) $892,738[28]
O2 World Hamburg Hamburg 6,902 / 9,394 (73%) $682,871[29]
O2 World Berlin 11,534 / 11,737 (98%) $1,055,610[30]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 3,838 / 5,207 (74%) $414,863[29]
The O2 Arena London 11,478 / 13,020 (88%) $1,196,940[31]
1st Mariner Arena Baltimore 12,313 / 12,313 (100%) $1,241,794[32]
Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh 7,760 / 9,075 (85%) $459,873[32]
Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia 11,936 / 13,809 (86%) $1,297,328[32]
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale 11,077 / 12,406 (89%) $1,144,054[32]
Verizon Center Washington, D.C. 11,948 / 12,410 (96%) $1,299,056[32]
Izod Center East Rutherford 13,154 / 13,154 (100%) $1,495,963[32]
Prudential Center Newark 11,574 / 11,574 (100%) $1,161,086[32]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 12,679 / 12,679 (100%) $1,308,311[32]
Bell Centre Montreal 9,827 / 11,423 (86%) $1,161,940[32]
Etess Arena Atlantic City 4,119 / 4,119 (100%) $359,820[32]
Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville 5,879 / 6,933 (85%) $585,300[32]
TD Garden Boston 9,422 / 11,334 (83%) $937,064[32]
Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis 5,232 / 7,070 (74%) $410,829[32]
Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland 8,969 / 10,222 (88%) $497,014[32]
Value City Arena Columbus 7,562 / 7,886 (96%) $457,197[32]
Philips Arena Atlanta 21,870 / 23,374 (93%) $1,968,933[33]
BankAtlantic Center Sunrise 11,213 / 11,213 (100%) $1,183,167[32]
American Airlines Arena Miami 12,159 / 12,159 (100%) $1,034,880[32]
Amway Center Orlando 10,401 / 12,290 (85%) $1,076,849[32]
New Orleans Arena New Orleans 8,726 / 8,726 (100%) $737,646[32]
Toyota Center Houston 13,304 / 13,304 (100%) $1,287,191[32]
American Airlines Center Dallas 12,825 / 12,825 (100%) $1,163,311[32]
Sprint Center Kansas City 8,224 / 9,953 (83%) $487,758[32]
Scottrade Center St. Louis 6,898 / 9,000 (77%) $459,201[32]
FedExForum Memphis 7,020 / 7,600 (92%) $622,278[32]
Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte 11,256 / 13,786 (82%) $891,286[32]
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 4,093 / 9,089 (45%) $287,204[34]
The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills 9,146 / 13,572 (67%) $796,907[32]
United Center Chicago 30,834 / 32,124 (96%) $2,983,195[32]
Target Center Minneapolis 6,194 / 8,052 (77%) $451,669[35]
Pepsi Center Denver 7,352 / 8,812 (83%) $608,446[35]
Rogers Arena Vancouver 9,136 / 9,947 (92%) $724,297[35]
KeyArena Seattle 9,919 / 11,575 (86%) $847,148[35]
Rose Garden Portland 4,323 / 11,306 (38%) $317,594[35]
Power Balance Pavilion Sacramento 9,415 / 11,500 (82%) $566,731[36]
Staples Center Los Angeles 40,810 / 40,810 (100%) $4,711,593[37]
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Chula Vista 15,652 / 19,522 (80%) $989,128[36]
HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose 11,852 / 11,852 (100%) $1,176,039[36]
Oracle Arena Oakland 24,544 / 24,544 (100%) $2,220,179[36]
Honda Center Anaheim 24,648 / 24,648 (100%) $2,269,039[36]
US Airways Center Phoenix 11,949 / 11,949 (100%) $1,002,898[36]
MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas 12,973 / 12,973 (100%) $1,392,963[36]
Citizens Business Bank Arena Ontario 8,323 / 8,323 (100%) $624,818[36]
Frank Erwin Center Austin 8,476 / 10,967 (77%) $636,494[38]
KFC Yum! Center Louisville 7,927 / 7,927 (100%) $475,706[36]
Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro 8,154 / 9,264 (88%) $502,154[36]
Norfolk Scope Norfolk 7,245 / 7,245 (100%) $573,017[36]
Lotto Arena Antwerp 3,993 / 4,271 (93%) $348,586[39]
TOTAL 588,833 / 651,808 (90%) $53,477,956

External links[edit]

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