The Circle Tour

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The Circle Tour
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Promotional poster for 2010 Sao Paulo concert
World tour by Bon Jovi
Location North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania
Associated album The Circle
Start date February 11, 2010
End date December 19, 2010
Legs 6
Shows 54 in North America
15 in Europe
5 in South America
9 in Australasia
2 in Asia
85 Played
Box office US $201.1 million ($217.49 in 2014 dollars)[1]
Bon Jovi concert chronology
Lost Highway Tour
(2007-08)
The Circle Tour
(2010)
Bon Jovi Live
(2011)

The Circle Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi. The tour was supporting the band's 11th studio album The Circle.[2] Starting in North America in early 2010, the tour progressed to Europe, South America, Asia and Australia before the years end. It included a historic 12 night run at the O2 Arena in London and four nights in East Rutherford, New Jersey to celebrate the grand opening of the Meadowlands Stadium. The tour was the #1 top grossing concert tour for 2010 in the United States.

Bon Jovi also played a special free performance for fans and former season ticket holders of the Jon Bon Jovi-owned arena football team The Philadelphia Soul on Wednesday, March 24 at 5pm a few hours before the band's show at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. The band will end the first year of the tour in Australasia, currently scheduled to play two shows in New Zealand and eight shows in Australia including a VIP-ONLY gig on December 15 at Star City Casino.

Background[edit]

On this tour, the band has pledged to play some of their classic albums in full on some nights, and is varying their set lists more than usual – rarely played songs from their first two albums are being played, possibly for the first time in twenty-five years. Such songs include Roulette, Get Ready, Only Lonely, Tokyo Road, Let It Rock, Wild Is the Wind, Something to Believe In, It's Hard Letting You Go, Santa Fe and Homebound Train (vocals by Richie Sambora).

Bon Jovi kicked off the stadium leg of the Circle Tour by making history - they played the first ever show at the brand new New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The three sold out shows on May 26, 27 and 29, 2010 were a huge success, that they prompted the addition of another tour date at the stadium - on July 9, 2010 (the start of the 2nd North American leg)

Bon Jovi played a special free performance for fans and former season ticket holders of the Jon Bon Jovi-owned arena football team The Philadelphia Soul on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 a few hours before the band's show at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. They also became the first band ever to play on the roof of the O2 Arena in London, England on June 7, 2010. Around 1,500 people were there to see the amazing stunt on a large TV outside with a large PA system. Trained mountaineers helped the group to reach the top of the roof, which stands at 58 metres above the ground.

This tour features a circle-shaped stage and five massive ABB robots, each complete with a 6' by 9' Nocturne/ Vidicon LED screen attached to their "articulated arms". The patented RoboScreens are an experience in itself as they are choreographed to move with the music and onstage production.[3]

Commercial reception[edit]

Bon Jovi on stage during The Circle Tour at the O2 Arena in London

The Circle Tour was the highest grossing concert tour of 2010 according to Billboard's annual Top 25 concert tours, grossing $146,507,388 from 69 venues. The band's first 35 shows in North America all sold out. They played for 548,632 fans and grossed $51,954,562. Bon Jovi's 12 night run at London's O2 Arena grossed $18,178,036 and seen them play to 187,696 fans. The band's 4 shows at the New Meadowlands Stadium grossed $21,386,437 - a new record for the band, according to the box office gross reported to Billboard and they ended up playing to 206,099 fans.

So far the tour has played to 1,909,234 fans and has grossed $201.1 million from more than 80 venues reported to Pollstar. According to Pollstar, the band's first leg of their North American tour was the top grossing concert tour for the first half of 2010 grossing $52.8 million from 35 shows. The figure excludes the bands 3 shows at the New Meadowlands Stadium which was part of the first leg of the tour.

The Circle Tour ranked #1 in the Top 20 Concert Tours for 2010. The tours are ranked by average box office gross per city, which includes the average ticket price for the North American shows. Trade publication Pollstar compiled the list based on data they received from the concert promoters and venue managers.

"Bon Jovi; $2,010,829; $96.36 For the second time in three years, Bon Jovi ranks as Billboard's & Pollstar's Top Touring Act of the Year. The band's achievement, this year and previously in 2008, demonstrates that, remarkably, the group is hitting its touring peak 26 years after releasing its debut album. In an ongoing global trek promoted by AEG Live that saw the band play stadiums and arenas, Bon Jovi reported Boxscore grosses for the period of November 20 through 28, 2010, of $146,507,388 and attendance of 1,591,154 to 69 sellouts. When Bon Jovi was tops for the year in 2008 with its Lost Highway Tour, the trek finished with a gross of $210 million, the 10th-biggest of all time.[4]

Opening acts[edit]

Bon Jovi held a contest, called SuperBAND Tonight, for north-American bands to compete to get a chance to perform as their opening act for some major concerts.[5] They announced the winners of the contest in a press release. A list of the winners, their show dates, and more information about the contest can be found at: Bon Jovi's The Circle Tour Announces Winners of Contest.

  • Dashboard Confessional supported the February, March and some of the April dates.
  • Fuel supported the Hersheypark Stadium show on May 19
  • Kid Rock supported the O2 Arena shows on June 22, 23, 25 and 26.[6][7]
  • OneRepublic supported the O2 Arena shows on June 17, 19 and 20.[7]
  • Kid Rock supported on July 9, 15, 17, 20, 21, 24, 28, 30 and 31.[6]
  • Train was the special guest on the first night at the Meadowlands Stadium. Gavin DeGraw will be special guest for the second night, and OneRepublic will be special guest on the third.[8]

Setlist[edit]

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora on stage
  1. Blood On Blood
  2. We Weren't Born to Follow
  3. You Give Love a Bad Name
  4. Born to Be My Baby
  5. Lost Highway
  6. Whole Lot of Leavin'
  7. When We Were Beautiful
  8. Runaway
  9. We Got It Goin' On
  10. It's My Life
  11. Bad Medicine
  12. Lay Your Hands on Me
  13. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
  14. I'll Be There for You
  15. Something for the Pain
  16. Work for the Working Man
  17. Love's the Only Rule
  18. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  19. Keep the Faith
Encore;
  1. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night
  2. Wanted Dead or Alive
  3. Livin' on a Prayer

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
North America
February 11, 2010 Honolulu United States Neal S. Blaisdell Center Kings of Spade
Mike Corrado Band
15,291 / 15,291 $1,496,330
February 12, 2010
February 19, 2010 Seattle KeyArena Dashboard Confessional 26,917 / 26,917 $2,412,550
February 20, 2010
February 22, 2010 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose 14,244 / 14,244 $1,361,125
February 24, 2010 Glendale Jobing.com Arena 13,973 / 13,973 $1,416,502
February 26, 2010 Anaheim Honda Center 27,024 / 27,024 $2,654,472
February 27, 2010
March 2, 2010 Sacramento ARCO Arena 14,337 / 14,337 $1,187,851
March 4, 2010 Los Angeles Staples Center 16,698 / 16,698 $1,737,009
March 6, 2010 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena 14,803 / 14,803 $2,666,025
March 8, 2010 Denver Pepsi Center 14,934 / 14,934 $1,314,691
March 9, 2010 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha 14,980 / 14,980 $1,122,623
March 11, 2010 Wichita Intrust Bank Arena 13,675 / 13,675 $1,064,673
March 13, 2010 Fargo Fargodome 22,398 / 22,398 $1,515,395
March 15, 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center 15,792 / 15,792 $1,318,327
March 17, 2010 Auburn Hills Palace of Auburn Hills 18,663 / 18,663 $1,326,375
March 19, 2010 Montreal Canada Bell Centre 37,526 / 37,526 $4,024,240
March 20, 2010
March 23, 2010 Philadelphia United States Wachovia Center 36,697 / 36,697 $3,421,575
March 24, 2010
March 26, 2010 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena 20,324 / 20,324 $2,444,366
March 27, 2010
March 29, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 17,287 / 17,287 $1,860,756
April 7, 2010 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center Select Three
Four Forty
Alison Scott
32,574 / 32,574 $2,768,554
April 8, 2010
April 10, 2010 Dallas American Airlines Center The Dallahachie Boys
The Zack King Band
33,032 / 33,032 $3,352,099
April 11, 2010
April 13, 2010 Tulsa BOK Center Dashboard Confessional 17,053 / 17,053 $1,276,475
April 15, 2010 Atlanta Philips Arena 16,510 / 16,510 $1,815,719
April 17, 2010 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 18,298 / 18,298 $1,777,817
April 18, 2010 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center 17,808 / 17,808 $1,803,620
April 21, 2010 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 15,925 / 15,925 $1,623,900
April 22, 2010 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 16,913 / 16,913 $1,499,578
May 19, 2010 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium Fuel 24,956 / 24,956 $1,691,915
May 26, 2010 East Rutherford New Meadowlands Stadium Train
Gavin DeGraw
OneRepublic
Kid Rock
206,099 / 206,099 $21,386,437
May 27, 2010
May 29, 2010
Europe
June 4, 2010 Madrid Spain Ciudad del Rock N/A N/A N/A
June 5, 2010 Scheveningen Netherlands Royal Beach
June 7, 2010 London England The O2 Arena OneRepublic
Kid Rock
187,696 / 187,696 $18,178,036
June 8, 2010
June 10, 2010
June 11, 2010
June 13, 2010
June 16, 2010 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy OneRepublic 15,906 / 15,906 $1,395,370
June 17, 2010 London England The O2 Arena OneRepublic
Kid Rock
[a] [a]
June 19, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 22, 2010
June 23, 2010
June 25, 2010
June 26, 2010
North America
July 9, 2010 East Rutherford United States New Meadowlands Stadium Train
Gavin DeGraw
OneRepublic
Kid Rock
[b] [b]
July 11, 2010 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center Soraia 14,625 / 14,625 $998,776
July 12, 2010 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes 14,065 / 14,065 $1,036,312
July 14, 2010 Calgary Canada Pengrowth Saddledome Zoo Lion 15,859 / 15,859 $1,949,462
July 15, 2010 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium Kid Rock 40,451 / 40,451 $2,811,477
July 17, 2010 Winnipeg Canad Inns Stadium 36,865 / 36,865 $2,890,829
July 20, 2010 Toronto Rogers Centre 85,494 / 85,494 $6,976,612
July 21, 2010
July 23, 2010 Louisville United States Churchill Downs N/A N/A N/A
July 24, 2010 Foxborough Gillette Stadium Kid Rock 51,138 / 51,138 $4,418,585
July 28, 2010 Regina Canada Mosaic Stadium 33,070 / 33,070 $2,969,495
July 30, 2010 Chicago United States Soldier Field 95,959 / 95,959 $8,606,259
July 31, 2010
September 24, 2010 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol Moderatto 44,124 / 44,124 $2,972,317
September 26, 2010 San José Costa Rica Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá N/A N/A N/A
South America
September 29, 2010 Lima Peru Estadio Universidad San Marcos Jhovan 45,193 / 45,193 $3,415,764
October 1, 2010 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional de Chile Lucy Bell 46,983 / 46,983 $3,069,075
October 3, 2010 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium Los Tipitos 37,633 / 37,633 $4,222,698
October 6, 2010 São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Morumbi Fresno 55,833 / 55,833 $5,537,022
October 8, 2010 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose 15,529 / 15,529 $1,718,300
North America
October 15, 2010 Gulf Shores United States Gulf Shores Public Beach N/A N/A N/A
Asia
November 30, 2010 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome N/A 60,313 / 60,313 $8,054,976
December 1, 2010
Oceania[9]
December 4, 2010 Wellington New Zealand Westpac Stadium Black River Drive 18,692 / 18,692 $2,710,672
December 5, 2010 Auckland Vector Arena N/A 10,755 / 10,755 $1,756,427
December 7, 2010 Perth Australia Patersons Stadium Village Kid 29,644 / 29,644 $4,620,178
December 10, 2010 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena The Scarlets 14,723 / 14,723 $3,558,135
December 11, 2010 Etihad Stadium 54,414 / 54,414 $8,139,185
December 13, 2010 Brisbane Suncorp Stadium The Smart 39,424 / 39,424 $6,113,852
December 17, 2010 Sydney Sydney Football Stadium October Rage 103,843 / 103,843 $15,502,107
December 18, 2010
December 19, 2010
TOTAL 1,909,234 / 1,909,234 (100%) $201,100,000

Personnel[edit]

Bon Jovi[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The score data is representative of the 12 shows in London, England at the O2 Arena from June 7 through June 26 respectively.
  2. ^ a b The score data is representative of the four shows in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the New Meadowlands Stadium on May 26, May 27, May 29, and July 9 respectively.

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