Freedom Tour

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The Freedom Tour
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Promotional poster for Keys' 2010 world tour
Tour by Alicia Keys
Associated album The Element of Freedom
Start date February 26, 2010
End date July 3, 2010
Legs 3
Shows 26 in North America
23 in Europe
1 in Africa
50 Total
Box office US $29.4 million ($31.8 in 2014 dollars)[1]
Alicia Keys concert chronology
As I Am Tour
(2008)
The Freedom Tour
(2010)
Piano & I: A One Night Only Event
(2011)

The Freedom Tour was the fourth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys in support of her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom. The tour commenced at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on February 26, 2010. The tour continued onto North America visiting Europe as well.[2] In June, Keys will headline one concert in Johannesburg, giving the singer in first performances in South Africa. According to Pollstar, Alicia Keys' THE FREEDOM TOUR grossed $29.4 million worldwide, with 43 shows.

Background[edit]

Keys announced her forthcoming tour in December 2009, shortly after the release of fourth studio album. During the same time, Keys was named R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Decade by Billboard magazine.[3] When describing the tour, Keys mentions,[3]

The show is, obviously, always focused around music; that's what is always my main focus. When we first start putting it all together, it all starts at the music, and then it's what story that I want to tell and kind of what energy I want to give off. There's going to be something for everyone in this show because that's who I am, I am a person who feels things from all different angles and directions, and I'm going to express it that way ... and that's how I arm-wrestle people who are close-minded.

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Additional notes

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America [7][8][9][10][11]
February 26, 2010 Ottawa Canada Scotiabank Place
February 28, 2010 Montreal Bell Centre
March 3, 2010 Rosemont United States Allstate Arena
March 5, 2010 Detroit Fox Theater
March 6, 2010
March 8, 2010 London Canada John Labatt Centre
March 10, 2010 Toronto Air Canada Centre
March 11, 2010 Verona United States Turning Stone Event Center
March 13, 2010 Mashantucket MGM Grand Theater
March 14, 2010
March 17, 2010 New York City Madison Square Garden
March 19, 2010 Newark Prudential Center
March 20, 2010 Atlantic City Mark G. Etess Arena
March 22, 2010 Boston Agganis Arena
March 24, 2010 Baltimore 1st Mariner Arena
March 25, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
March 27, 2010 Miami American Airlines Arena
March 28, 2010 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
March 30, 2010 Atlanta Philips Arena
April 2, 2010 Grand Prairie Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
April 3, 2010 Houston Toyota Center
April 6, 2010 Los Angeles Staples Center
April 7, 2010 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
April 9, 2010 Paradise Mandalay Bay Events Center
April 10, 2010 Oakland Oracle Arena
Europe [9][10][11][12]
April 29, 2010 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
May 1, 2010[A] Ischgl Austria Silvrettaseilbahn AG
May 2, 2010 Verona Italy Verona Arena
May 4, 2010 Marseille France Le Dôme de Marseille
May 7, 2010 Berlin Germany O2 World
May 8, 2010 Arnhem Netherlands GelreDome XS
May 9, 2010 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
May 12, 2010 Hamburg O2 World Hamburg
May 13, 2010 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
May 15, 2010 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
May 17, 2010 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
May 19, 2010 Birmingham England National Indoor Arena
May 21, 2010 Dublin Ireland The O2
May 22, 2010[B] Bangor Wales Vaynol Park
May 23, 2010 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
May 25, 2010 London England The O2
May 26, 2010
May 29, 2010 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
May 31, 2010 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 2, 2010 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
June 4, 2010 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
June 6, 2010 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain El Recinto de la Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz
Africa
June 10, 2010 [C] Johannesburg South Africa Orlando Stadium
North America
July 3, 2010 [D] New Orleans Louisiana Louisiana Superdome
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert is a part of Festival Ischgl/Top of the Mountain Concert [13]
B This concert is part of the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Music Festival.[14]
C This concert is part of the FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert.
D This concert is part of the Essence Music Festival [15]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Bell Centre Montreal 6,620 / 7,880 (84%) $632,023[17]
Fox Theater Detroit 8,142 / 8,590 (95%) $677,636[18]
John Labatt Centre London 4,827 / 6,025 (80%) $375,358[17]
Verizon Center Washington, D.C. 9,087 / 13,085 (69%) $827,593 [19]
Philips Arena Atlanta 9,099 / 9,099 (100%) $643,646 [20]
Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie Grand Prairie 4,192 / 5,826 (72%) $382,709 [21]
Staples Center Los Angeles 14,539 / 15,115 (96%) $1,134,106 [20]
Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara 3,395 / 4,547 (75%) $326,392 [22]
O2 World Berlin 6,231 / 6,231 (100%) $360,516 [23]
O2 World Hamburg Hamburg 6,224 / 8,769 (71%) $461,704 [24]
National Indoor Arena Birmingham 10,870 / 10,870 (100%) $634,808 [23]
The O2 Dublin 8,061 / 8,061 (100%) $671,964 [23]
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Glasgow 8,736 / 8,736 (100%) $522,719 [23]
The O2 London, U.K. 32,333 / 32,396 (~100%) $1,850,460 [24]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 15,414 / 15,414 (100%) $896,216 [23]
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 16,460 / 16,460 (100%) $1,068,820 [25]
TOTAL 168,017 / 183,246 (92%) $11,779,689

References[edit]

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