Come Around Sundown World Tour

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Come Around Sundown World Tour
Tour by Kings of Leon
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Promotional ad for tour
Associated album Come Around Sundown
Start date June 5, 2010 (2010-06-05)
End date November 19, 2011 (2011-11-19)
Legs 13
No. of shows 47 in North America
32 in Europe
2 in Africa
9 in Australia
91 Total
Kings of Leon concert chronology
  • Only by the Night World Tour
    (2008-10)
  • Come Around Sundown World Tour
    (2010-11)
  • Mechanical Bull Tour
    (2014)

The Come Around Sundown World Tour is the second concert tour by American band Kings of Leon. Visiting the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia, the tour supports the band's fifth studio album, Come Around Sundown. The tour has been praised by both critics and spectators alike, with many dates selling out within minutes. The concerts held in North America (in 2010) grossed over 14 million dollars, becoming the 49th highest-grossing North American tour.[1] The tour ranked 40th in Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)", earning roughly 20 million dollars in 2011.[2]

Background[edit]

After finishing their previous tour, the band began working on their fifth studio album. In a 2009 interview with Billboard, frontman Caleb Followill stated the album would have a similar sound to their debut album, with a chill vibe. After the announcement of the album, the band later announced they would be a headlining act at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music Festival. The tour was officially announced via the band's official website in April 2010. The album was not due for release until October 2010 and the band was hesitant to showcase the new music to the public. However, they all felt that their fans did not want a continuation of their last tour.[3] They further elaborated,

"I think if we were to go out there, play a concert right now and not play some new music, it would feel like we had our hands tied and I think we would be bored with the show. We didn't want to go back out there and give them 'Only By the Night Tour' Part 2. It's inspiring to us to be able to go out there and play a new song. ... If we were going out there and not playing these songs, I don't think that we would have the spark and the smile on our face that we do at this point."[4]

The tour proved to be successful in all regions, especially in Europe where the band sold out concerts within minutes and embarked on their first stadium tour in the region.[5] However, the tour faced a few hiccups along the way. The tour made media headlines in July 2010 when the band cancelled a concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri after experiencing substantial amounts of fecal matter from pigeons.[6] Additional headlines were when the band's tour bus caught on fire at the loading dock for The O2 Arena in London, England.[7] The Australian leg of the tour has been postponed until November 2011 to allow drummer Nathan Followill to recover after surgery for a torn right labrum and biceps.[8][needs update]

Opening acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[20][21][22][23]
June 5, 2010 Atlantic City United States Borgata Events Center
June 6, 2010 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 11, 2010[A] Manchester Great Stage Park
Europe[20]
June 30, 2010 London England Hyde Park
North America[20][21][22]
July 9, 2010 Chula Vista United States Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 10, 2010 Phoenix Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 12, 2010 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
July 14, 2010 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 17, 2010 George The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 19, 2010 West Valley City USANA Amphitheatre
July 20, 2010 Greenwood Village Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
July 24, 2010 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 26, 2010 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
July 28, 2010 Toronto Canada Molson Amphitheatre
July 30, 2010 Darien United States Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 31, 2010 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 3, 2010 Hartford Comcast Theatre
August 5, 2010 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center
August 7, 2010 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
August 15, 2010[B] San Francisco Polo Field
Europe[20]
August 21, 2010[C] Chelmsford England Hylands Park
August 22, 2010[C] Weston-under-Lizard Weston Park
North America[20][24][25]
September 3, 2010 Noblesville United States Verizon Wireless Music Center
September 4, 2010 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
September 10, 2010 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 11, 2010 Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Amphitheater
September 13, 2010 Raleigh Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
September 15, 2010 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre
September 17, 2010 West Palm Beach Cruzan Amphitheatre
September 18, 2010 Tampa 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
September 20, 2010 Pelham Verizon Wireless Music Center
September 22, 2010 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 23, 2010 Dallas SuperPages.com Center
South America[20][25]
October 10, 2010[D] Itu Brazil Maeda Farm
North America[20]
November 14, 2010 Boston United States TD Garden
November 16, 2010 New York City Madison Square Garden
Europe[20]
November 29, 2010 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
December 1, 2010 Madrid Spain Palacio Vistalegre
December 3, 2010 Casalecchio di Reno Italy Futurshow Station
December 4, 2010 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
December 6, 2010 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
December 8, 2010 Hamburg O2 World Hamburg
December 9, 2010 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
December 11, 2010 Dublin Ireland The O2
December 13, 2010 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
December 14, 2010 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
December 16, 2010 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
December 17, 2010
December 19, 2010 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
North America[26][27]
April 8, 2011 Tulsa United States BOK Center
April 9, 2011 Memphis FedExForum
April 12, 2011 Austin Frank Erwin Center
April 15, 2011[E] Indio Empire Polo Fields
Europe[26][28][29]
May 28, 2011 Slane Ireland Slane Castle
May 30, 2011 Coventry England Ricoh Arena
June 1, 2011 London The O2 Arena
June 3, 2011[F] Nuremberg Germany Zeppelinfeld
June 4, 2011[G] Nürburg Nürburgring
June 10, 2011[H] Newport England Seaclose Park
June 12, 2011[I] Landgraaf Netherlands Megaland Landgaaf
June 14, 2011 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
June 17, 2011 Sunderland England Stadium of Light
June 19, 2011 Manchester Lancashire County Cricket Ground
June 22, 2011 London Hyde Park
June 23, 2011
June 26, 2011 Edinburgh Scotland Murrayfield Stadium
June 29, 2011[J] Borlänge Sweden Borlänge Centrumförening
July 1, 2011[K] Rotselaar Belgium Werchter Festival Grounds
July 3, 2011[L] Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Showgrounds
North America[26][30]
July 25, 2011 Orange Beach United States The Amphitheater at The Wharf
July 27, 2011 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre
September 28, 2011 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
September 30, 2011 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
October 1, 2011 Edmonton Rexall Place
October 3, 2011 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
October 4, 2011 Winnipeg MTS Centre
October 8, 2011 London John Labatt Centre
October 11, 2011 Toronto Air Canada Centre
October 14, 2011 Montreal Bell Centre
October 15, 2011 Ottawa Scotiabank Place
Africa[26][31]
October 26, 2011 Cape Town South Africa Cape Town Stadium
October 29, 2011 Johannesburg FNB Stadium
Australia[26][32]
November 4, 2011 Sydney Australia Allphones Arena
November 5, 2011
November 8, 2011 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
November 9, 2011 Gold Coast GCCEC Arena
November 11, 2011 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
November 13, 2011 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
November 14, 2011
November 16, 2011
November 19, 2011 Perth nib Stadium
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
Cancellations and rescheduled shows

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles 17,096 / 17,096 (100%) $958,351[45]
DTE Energy Music Center Clarkston 14,571 / 14,571 (100%) $474,996[46]
Madison Square Garden New York City 14,712 / 14,712 (100%) $809,160[47]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 16,878 / 16,884 (~100%) $1,149,560[48]
O2 World Hamburg Hamburg 12,350 / 12,350 (100%) $651,337[49]
The O2 Dublin 12,615 / 12,615 (100%) $1,047,570[50]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 16,928 / 16,928 (100%) $1,376,830[51]
Frank Erwin Center Austin 10,140 / 11,629 (87%) $419,436[52]
BOK Center Tulsa 11,505 / 11,505 (100%) $497,141[53]
Slane Castle[A] Slane 79,686 / 79,686 (100%) $8,248,480[51]
The O2 Arena London 17,071 / 17,615 (97%) $1,528,670[54]
The Amphitheater at the Wharf Orange Beach 7,370 / 9,784 (75%) $318,138[54]
Rexall Place Edmonton 8,891 / 11,346 (78%) $498,572[55]
John Labatt Centre London 7,083 / 8,388 (84%) $426,590[56]
Air Canada Centre Toronto 12,386 / 12,386 (100%) $793,300[57]
Bell Centre Montreal 5,986 / 6,436 (93%) $402,171[58]
Allphones Arena Sydney 20,246 / 22,452 (90%) $2,412,370[57]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 10,882 / 11,525 (94%) $1,359,810[59]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 25,478 / 27,219 (94%) $3,038,140[60]
TOTAL 321,874 / 335,127 (96%) $26,410,622
Notes
A This concert ranked third in the Billboard's "Hot Tours" for May 2011.[61]

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin Courtney (The Irish Times) praised the performance at The O2 stating the band was ready to play stadiums. He further remarked, "[…] this was a southern rock version of U2, delivering big anthems with a twang, and lassoing the audience with well-aimed riffs and chant-along choruses".[62] On the contrary, Ed Power (The Daily Telegraph) gave the same concert two out of five stars stating, "Today, any whiff of the exotic is thoroughly dissipated. Shrugging off last summer's Spinal Tap-like 'pigeongate' debacle (they cut short an outdoor US performance after bird droppings starting raining down from the rafters) Kings of Leon came to Dublin in the straightforward guise of stadium-filling mega-band".[63]
David Dunn (Sheffield Star) stated the band was very lucky after viewing the concert at the Motorpoint Arena. He continued to write "[…] and their many other musical lightning strikes is the same: glee, euphoria, unwavering adoration".[64] James Watkins (Shropshire Star) thought highly of the performance at the National Indoor Arena. He wrote, "Highlight of the night was the spine-tingling and epic Pyro, that saw mobile phones held in the air to light up the whole arena in a 4-minute moment of pure magic".[65]

External links[edit]

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