Music Saved My Life Tour

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Music Saved My Life Tour
Tour by Mary J. Blige
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Promotional poster for 2010 tour
Associated album Stronger with Each Tear
Start date October 1, 2010 (2010-10-01)
End date February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08)
Legs 4
No. of shows 13 in North America
5 in Asia
5 in Europe
6 in Australia
29 Total
Mary J. Blige concert chronology

Music Saved My Life Tour is a worldwide concert by American recording artist, Mary J. Blige. Visiting North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the tour supports Blige's ninth studio album, Stronger with Each Tear.


Universal Music Group announced Blige's tour on September 1, 2010. The tour was described as Blige venturing back to her R&B roots from her previous festival performances, which focused on a heavy rock sound. Blige states the tour's title comes from her personal viewpoint of music after her battles with drug and alcohol abuse.[1] She further commented:

"Music makes us want to live. You don't know how many times people have told me that they'd been down and depressed and just wanted to die. But then a special song caught their ear and that helped give them renewed strength. That's the power music has. I believe there are certain things that God uses to get us out of a bad situation, and I believe music was one of the things he used for me. The first time I heard 'Keep on Moving' by Soul II Soul, I felt like somebody pumped a new spirit in me that made me want to go on. [Without music] I honestly think I would be in a really bad situation. I don't take it for granted. I have no doubt I was born to do this.[2][3]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "MJB da MVP"
  2. "The One"
  3. "Enough Cryin"
  4. "You Bring Me Joy"
  5. Medley: "Be Happy" / "You Remind Me" / "Real Love" / "Everyday It Rains"
  6. "I'm The Only Woman"
  7. "I Love U (Yes I Du)"
  8. "Love Is All We Need"
  9. Medley: "Reminisce" (contains elements of "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)") / "Love No Limit" / "Mary Jane (All Night Long)"
  10. "Good Woman Down"
  11. "Everything"
  12. "All That I Can Say"
  13. "I Never Wanna Live Without You"
  14. "Seven Days"
  15. "Your Child" (contains elements of "The Lady in My Life")
  16. "Deep Inside"
  17. "I Am"
  18. "Sweet Thing"
  19. "Not Gon' Cry"
  20. "I'm Going Down"
  21. "Take Me As I Am" (Acoustic)
  22. "No More Drama"
  23. "I Love You" (Instrumental Interlude)
  24. Medley: "I Can Love You" / "Work That" 1
  25. "Just Fine"
  26. "Family Affair" 1
  1. "Be Without You"

1 performed only at select dates in North America or Europe


Additional notes[edit]

  • During the October 10, concert at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Blige performed "I'm Goin' Down" with Katlyn Nichol, the newest artist to her record company.
  • During the October 12, concert at the Radio City Music Hall (New York City, New York), Blige performed "Fancy" with rapper Swizz Beatz. At the same show, Blige and Swizz Beatz performed "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" alongside Jazmine Sullivan. These performances were performed in lieu of "I Love You, "I Can Love You" and "Work That".
  • "Family Affair" was not included in the performance at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, California.
  • "Stairway to Heaven" was performed in Basel, Switzerland.
  • "One" was performed on select dates.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[6][12][13][14]
October 1, 2010[A] Mobile United States Miller Lite Stage
October 2, 2010 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheater
October 3, 2010 Virginia Beach Virginia Beach Amphitheater
October 7, 2010 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
October 8, 2010 Atlantic City Borgata Events Center
October 10, 2010 Ledyard MGM Grand at Foxwoods
October 11, 2010 New York City Radio City Music Hall[15]
October 12, 2010
October 15, 2010 Detroit Fox Theatre
October 16, 2010 St. Louis Fox Theatre
October 17, 2010 Chicago Chicago Theatre
October 20, 2010 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre[16]
October 21, 2010
October 23, 2010 Concord Sleep Train Pavilion
October 29, 2010 Basel Switzerland Messe Basel
October 30, 2010
November 2, 2010 London England The O2 Arena
November 3, 2010 Birmingham LG Arena
November 5, 2010 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
January 16, 2011 Seoul South Korea Grand Peace Palace
January 19, 2011 Tokyo Japan JCB Hall
January 20, 2011
January 22, 2011 Osaka Namba Hatch
January 26, 2011[B] Perth Australia Fremantle Oval
January 28, 2011[B] Sydney Parramatta Park
January 29, 2011[B] Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl
January 30, 2011[B] Brisbane Riverstage
February 2, 2011[B] Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
February 5, 2011[B] Rotorua New Zealand Rotorua International Stadium
February 8, 2011 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Plenary Hall
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of Bayfest[22]
B These concerts are a part of the Raggamuffin Music Festival[23]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
October 5, 2010 Raleigh, North Carolina Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Cancelled
October 16, 2010 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Theater The concert was moved to October 17, 2010
October 22, 2010 Las Vegas Pearl Concert Theatre Cancelled
October 26, 2010 Amsterdam, Netherlands Heineken Music Hall Cancelled
December 18, 2010 Harare, Zimbabwe Jaggers Msasa Warehouse This concert was moved to the Harare International Conference Centre then postponed indefinitely[24][25]
January 28, 2011 Melbourne, Australia Royal Melbourne Showgrounds This concert was moved to January 29, 2010 for Sidney Myer Music Bowl
January 29, 2011 Brisbane, Australia Pine River Park This concert was moved to January 30, 2010 to the Brisbane Riverstage due to the Queensland Floods[26]
January 30, 2011 Port Macquarie, Australia Cassegrain Winery Cancelled
February 2, 2011 Adelaide, Australia Memorial Drive Park This concert was moved to the Thebarton Theatre
February 3, 2011 Sydney, Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre Cancelled

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Radio City Music Hall New York City 11,150 / 11,896 (94%) $1,200,835[27]
Fox Theatre Detroit 4,091 / 4,260 (96%) $392,465[27]
Chicago Theatre Chicago 3,481 / 3,481 (100%) $330,390[27]
The O2 Arena London 8,148 / 8,148 (100%) $550,439[27]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 3,530 / 4,413 (80%) $245,030[27]
TOTAL 30,400 / 32,198 (94%) $2,719,159

Critical reception[edit]

Overall, the tour received praise from music critics and spectators alike. Blige was noted for her positive messages through her performances encouraging women to believe in themselves and know there is something "better" plan for them. Ines Min (The Korea Times) wrote, "A soulful train of songs, including 'Reminisce', was accompanied by her smooth dancing skills before breaking down the stage with the pique song 'Good Woman Down'. The performer shook, jumped and shimmied in perfect motion, spurring the crowd to rise in an emotional fervor."[28] Anthony Langone (The Depaula) continued the praise for Blige noting, "Never have I seen such a venue this alive. The entire crowd was on its feet singing every word. This is a true testament of Blige's star power. The ability to not only command the stage, but all the people in a sold-out venue is no easy task. Blige did it with ease, making it look easy."[29] Jon Pareles (The New York Times) stated, "In her songs Ms. Blige transmutes setbacks into determination; she confronts trouble, she cries, she wills herself to get over it, she finds the next love. Onstage she's a pop star as life coach, preaching sermons in self-esteem with gospel cadences."[9]


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