Legends of the Summer

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Legends of the Summer
Tour by Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour.png
Associated album
Start date July 17, 2013 (2013-07-17)
End date August 16, 2013 (2013-08-16)
Legs 1
Number of shows
  • 14 in North America
  • 14 in total
Box office $69.8 million[1]
Justin Timberlake tour chronology
  • Legends of the Summer
  • (2013)
Jay Z tour chronology
  • Legends of the Summer
  • (2013)

The Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour was a co-headlining concert tour by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake and American rapper Jay Z. The tour supported Timberlake's third studio album, The 20/20 Experience (2013) and Jay Z's twelfth studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013). Overall, the duo performed to 622,559 fans in three countries, grossing a total of US $69.8 million ($70,860,003 in 2016 dollars[2]). With the 14 dates sold-out, it was the 15th highest-grossing tour of 2013.[3]

Background[edit]

After a six-year musical hiatus, on January 14, 2013, Timberlake released "Suit & Tie", the lead single from the singer's third studio album, The 20/20 Experience which featured American rapper Jay-Z.[4] Prior the 2013 Grammy Awards ceremony, Ryan Seacrest interviewed Timberlake and teased him about a possible joint tour with another artist. On that Timberlake responded, "We are still putting it together, but it's gonna be a lot of fun. I don't know how much should I say."[5]

During the award ceremony, Timberlake was joined by Jay-Z at the stage for the performance of "Suit & Tie".[4] Following their appearance on Grammys, rumors of a stadium tour between the artists were raised as a result of Jay-Z's posts on his Life + Times blog; he posted series of venues with the note "#LegendsOfSummer this week".[6] The Legends of the Summer tour was officially announced on February 22, 2013, when North American dates were revealed.[4] The show is set to start on July 17, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.[4] The tickets for the show went on sale on February 28, with the pre-sale starting on February 27.[7] Citi cardmembers had access to pre-sale tickets beginning on Friday, February 22, at 12 noon local time through Citi's Private Pass Program.[4]

On July 14, 2013, Timberlake and Jay-Z performed at the Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom as part of the Wireless Festival for a "special preview" of the tour.[8]

Critical response[edit]

Jeff Rosenthal from Rolling Stone, who attended the show at the Yankee Stadium, highlighted the great chemistry between both artists: "Watching Justin Timberlake and Jay Z interact onstage it feels like the two have forever been friends and collaborators."[9] Similarly, Billboard's Karen Bliss—after attend the Toronto's Rogers Centre date—thought "there was no one-upmanship, just camaraderie, not competition, two guys that work well together." She added "Jay Z has always been a masterful rapper, but what Timberlake displayed throughout the night was just how musical he is. His past concerts have so many dancers bounding this way and that, and him joining them, that it's distracting and takes away from his significant talents: his ability to deliver his soulful and grinding pop tunes as the frontman of an expert band and highlight his own musicianship, playing upright piano, keyboards and electric and acoustic guitar— which he did on some of his songs and some of Jay Z's."[10]

Set list[edit]

The following set list is representative of the show on July 28, 2013. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.[11]

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[12]
July 17, 2013 Toronto Canada Rogers Centre DJ Cassidy 47,221 / 47,221 $5,066,832
July 19, 2013 New York City United States Yankee Stadium 89,023 / 89,023 $12,041,096
July 20, 2013
July 22, 2013 Chicago Soldier Field 52,671 / 52,671 $5,715,152
July 26, 2013 San Francisco Candlestick Park 55,359 / 55,359 $5,129,345
July 28, 2013 Pasadena Rose Bowl 63,162 / 63,162 $7,076,001
July 31, 2013 Vancouver Canada BC Place Stadium 40,181 / 40,181 $4,806,701
August 4, 2013 Hershey United States Hersheypark Stadium 29,135 / 29,135 $2,740,035
August 6, 2013 Detroit Ford Field 42,035 / 42,035 $3,968,119
August 8, 2013 Baltimore M&T Bank Stadium 49,668 / 49,668 $4,726,398
August 10, 2013 Boston Fenway Park 68,251 / 68,251 $8,815,596
August 11, 2013
August 13, 2013 Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park 39,487 / 39,487 $4,318,455
August 16, 2013 Miami Gardens Sun Life Stadium 46,366 / 46,366 $5,350,175
Total 622,559 / 622,559 $69,753,905

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen, Bob (October 4, 2013). "Roger Waters Passes Madonna for Solo Boxscore Record with $459M Wall Live Tour". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Top 25 Tours of 2013". Billboard. December 13, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake Announce 'Legends of the Summer' Tour Dates". Rap-Up. Devine Lazerine. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Live From the Red Carpet : 2013 Grammys: Justin Timberlake". E!. YouTube. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Justin Timberlake And Jay-Z Confirm 'Legends Of The Summer' 2013 Stadium Tour?". Capital FM. February 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Legends of the Summer". Life+Times. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Justin Timberlake planning solo tour after Jay-Z jaunt". Nme.Com. March 24, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ Jeff Rosenthal (July 20, 2013). "Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Take Over Yankee Stadium as Legends of the Summer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ Bliss, Karen (July 18, 2013). "Jay Z & Justin Timberlake In Playful Mood As 'Legends of the Summer' Tour Kicks Off in Toronto". Billboard. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ford, Rebecca (July 29, 2013). "Justin Timberlake, Jay Z Affirm Their 'Legends' Status with Rose Bowl Bow: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Boxscore". Billboard. New York. October 2, 2013. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.