Heavy Rotation Tour

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Heavy Rotation Tour
Tour by Anastacia
Heavy Rotation Poster Tour.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Associated album Heavy Rotation
Start date June 4, 2009 (2009-06-04)
End date September 13, 2009 (2009-09-13)
Legs 1
No. of shows 35 in Europe
Anastacia concert chronology

The Heavy Rotation Tour is the second concert tour by American singer-songwriter Anastacia in support of her fourth studio album Heavy Rotation which was released in 2008. The tour visited Europe.

Background[edit]

The tour was briefly mentioned in November 2008 by Anastacia. During an online chat session with fans, she stated, "There will be a tour but I’ve still not decided when. It’s looking like it will be mid-to-end of 2009. [...] All I can confirm is that it will be a global tour. I'll come to Asia and Australia first, then I'll do a big stint in Europe and then America.".[1] A month later, fan footage of Anastacia leaving a hotel in Switzerland was posted on YouTube. When fans asked about the touring Zurich, Anastacia replied, "We don’t have Zurich on the map yet. […] I know one of the territories close to you is Geneva […] I’m not even going to Rome on this one. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to come that just how they’re doing the routing."[2] The tour was confirmed via Anastacia's official website on February 27, 2009.

Keely Myers and Chris Vaughan of The Production Office (TPO) were responsible for the Technical Production of the tour. TPO have produced many rock and pop tours including Muse, Take That and Children in Need Rocks Royal Albert Hall to name a few. The creative director and producer of the Heavy Rotation Tour is Kim Gavin, who also worked with 2007/2008 Viva La Diva Tour with Darcey Bussell and Katherine Jenkins as well as for Take That and the Concert for Diana. Live Nation has been listed as the tour promoter. The tour venues are smaller compared to the ones where Anastacia performed during her first concert tour, but she said that she wanted to create a more intimate show for her fans. Tour managed to sell 152,000 tickets for 32 dates.

Anastacia made an appearance on This Morning on May 20, 2009 to promote the tour, where she also described the theme of the show as : "[...] a full day in the life..." because of the fact that many of her songs are "very storytelling" as well as "[...] a little bit Midler, a lot of theatre action going on, but video as well". On May 22, 2009 Anastacia announced on her official blog that her mother will also be appearing with her on stage (between July 9 and July 19) during the shows in Italy, Graz, Prague and Girona.[3]

Opening acts[edit]

Anastacia performing during the Heavy Rotation Tour.

Setlist[edit]

Wardrobe[edit]

  • Anastacia has five costume changes during the two-hour show
  • The opening outfit of the show was changed every night for the performances in Helsinki, Stockholm, Sønderborg and Hamburg
  • Anastacia wears several pairs of sunglasses during the show, as well as hair extensions in association with her older image
  • For the shows in Helsinki, Stockholm and Sønderborg, Anastacia wore white sunglasses while performing "Heavy Rotation". For the show in Antwerp they were left out, while in Amsterdam they were changed to black sunglasses

Notable events[edit]

  • "Wishing Well" and "Pieces of a Dream" were not performed in Birmingham on June 28, "Beautiful Messed Up World" was performed live instead. Anastacia dedicated "You'll Never Be Alone" as a special tribute to Michael Jackson
  • Anastacia was joined on stage by her mother Diane during the Italian leg of the tour. They performed "In Your Eyes" together.
  • Anastacia invited a fan with her on stage at several concerts after the performance of "Cowboys & Kisses" to do a "crazy dance" after which she rewarded the fan with a signed tourbook
  • Anastacia performed "In Your Eyes" as a duet with her mother at the concert in Rome on July 12, her mother also performed "Ave Maria" by herself.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[4]
June 4, 2009 Saint Petersburg Russia Palace Square [D]
June 6, 2009 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
June 9, 2009 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
June 11, 2009 Sønderborg Denmark Mølleparken
June 13, 2009 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
June 14, 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
June 16, 2009 Baden-Baden Germany Baden-Baden Theatre
June 18, 2009 Hamburg Freilichtbühne im Stadtpark[5]
June 19, 2009 Düsseldorf Philips Halle
June 21, 2009 Frankfurt Alte Oper
June 22, 2009 Munich Philharmonie im Gasteig
June 25, 2009 London England HMV Hammersmith Apollo
June 26, 2009 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
June 28, 2009 Birmingham England National Indoor Arena
June 30, 2009 Cork Ireland The Docklands [A]
July 2, 2009 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
July 5, 2009 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
July 7, 2009 Verona Italy Verona Arena [B]
July 8, 2009 Lucca Piazza Napoleone [C]
July 10, 2009 Taormina Teatro Antico[6]
July 12, 2009 Rome Auditorium Parco della Musica[7]
July 14, 2009 Graz Austria Stadthalle Graz[8]
July 16, 2009 Prague Czech Republic Tesla Arena
July 18, 2009 Girona Spain Botanical Gardens of Caixa Girona Auditorium [G]
July 20, 2009 Madrid Escenario Puerta del Ángel [E]
July 21, 2009 Valencia Jardines de Viveros [F]
July 23, 2009 Guimarães Portugal Pavilhão Multiusos
July 25, 2009 Lisbon Pavilhão Atlântico
August 1, 2009 Isle of Wight England Osborne House[9]
September 1, 2009 Bucharest Romania Sala Polivalentă
September 3, 2009 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal[10]
September 5, 2009 Bratislava Slovakia Sibamac Arena[11]
September 6, 2009 Budapest Hungary Syma Sport and Events Centre[12]
September 10, 2009 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena
September 13, 2009 Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports

Cancelled Dates:

^ A This concert is a part of Live at the Marquee[13]
^ B This concert is a part of the Face to Face Tour by Elton John[14]
^ C This concert is a part of the Lucca Summer Festival[13]
^ D This concert is an entertainment part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum event. Anastacia is announced as a special guest with Duran Duran as the main act.[15]
^ E This concert is part of the Los Veranos de la Villa festival.[16]
^ F This concert is part of the Feria de Julio festival.[17]
^ G This concert is part of the Jardins de Cap Roig festival.[18]

Critical response[edit]

Anastacia's tour generated positive reviews:

Personnel[edit]

Anastacia performing during the Heavy Rotation Tour.
  • Promoter: Live Nation Global Touring
  • Creative Director: Kim Gavin[20]
  • Technical Production; Chris Vaughan & Keely Myers (The Production office)
  • Musical Director: Orefo Orakwue
  • Choreography: Gareth Walker
  • Set Designer: Misty Buckley
  • Dancers: Jay Revell and Tom Goddhall

Band[edit]

  • Backing Vocals: Elizabeth Troy and Maria Quintile
  • Bass Guitar: Orefo Orakwue
  • Drums: Steve Barney
  • Guitar: Dave Ital
  • Keyboards: Hannah Vasabth and Marcus Byyrne

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wood, Beci (October 21, 2008). "Anastacia happy for the first time". The Sun. News Group Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  2. ^ Anastacia (December 14, 2008). Anastacia talking about Heavy Rotation Tour (FLV). San Bruno, California: YouTube. Event occurs at 0:09. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Official Website : Blog". Anastacia. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Upcoming Performances". Anastacia's Official Website. The Island Def Jam Music Group. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ "STADTPARK OPEN R | HAMBURG 2009". Open-r.de. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Taormina Arte". Taormina Arte. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Auditorium Parco della Musica". Auditorium.com. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Anastacia". Stadthallegraz.at. July 14, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Anastasia - August 1st 2009 - Osborne House Summer Concerts". Osbornesummerconcerts.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-04. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Anastacia sera en concert à Esch le 3 septembre". lameuse.be. April 16, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  11. ^ 10. apríla 2009  7:43. "Slovákom príde druhýkrát zaspievať Anastacia - Pravda.sk". Kultura.pravda.sk. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  12. ^ "SYMA Sport- és Rendezvényközpont, SYMA + SD Kft". syma.hu. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "Details for Anastacia". Aiken Promotions. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Elton John - Verona". Verona Tickets. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  15. ^ "DURAN DURANvery special guest Anastacia - заказ и доставка билетов". Spb.kassir.ru. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Escenario Puerta del Ángel". Esmadrid.com. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Ayuntamiento de Valencia". Feria de Julio. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Inici - Festival Jardins de Cap Roig". Festival.caproig.cat. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  19. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (June 27, 2009). "Pop review: Anastacia, Hammersmith Apollo, London | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Concert Tickets and Tour Dates | Live Nation". Livenationinternational.com. September 12, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009. 

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