Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour
|Tour by Nicki Minaj|
|Associated album||Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded|
|Start date||October 14, 2012|
|End date||December 28, 2012|
|Number of shows||11 in Europe
6 in Oceania
1 in Asia
18 in total
|Nicki Minaj concert chronology|
The Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour was the second concert tour and debut arena tour by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj to promote her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and its re-release Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up. It followed her first concert tour, Pink Friday Tour, which was extended with the Reloaded Tour due to high demands with fans wanting her to tour their cities.
This tour will be a more grand production than the Pink Friday Tour. Amendments will include a more theatrical show, a bigger set, bigger stage, more dancers, and it will be much more synchronized including a story line and video content. Nicki stated that this tour will be like her "Pink Friday Tour on steroids." With the tour kicking off in Nottingham, England, the tour has currently received favorable reviews from critics, praising the vibe and production of the tour. But as it kicked off, the tour has also managed to generate controversy.
Background and development
It was announced via Minaj's Twitter that British singer-songwriter and the UK's X Factor Semi-finalist Misha B, will be opening for her in the United Kingdom and that Tyga, Nicki's Young Money label mate, will be an opening act for the European leg for this tour as well.
On August 1, 2012, Minaj announced that the tour would start later than planned and this would affect the October dates in Australia, Paris, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium. Minaj said the reason she had to postpone these dates were because she was working on a 'secret project,' later revealed to be American Idol and international scheduling conflicts that would also effect Nicki's European dates. Live Nation.com officially announced the rescheduled dates for the Oceania leg for the Reloaded Tour August 6, 2012 on their website.
Tyga, who is the opening act for both Australia and New Zealand announced that he cancelled his appearance in New Zealand. Live Nation Entertainment, who sponsored the tour announced via their Twitter that Tyga was unable to attend the concert. They confirmed he was unable to attend due to complications with travel arrangements, and that his touring party did not manage to be there in time for the concert. He apologized the same night, but Live Nation confirmed he would continue to tour Australia. New Zealand artist Zowie and DJ Tim Phin replaced him for the performance.
Minaj kicked off her tour in Nottingham, England for her first concert off the tour. While performing her song "Va Va Voom" in Nottingham, Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction where one of her breasts had slipped out of her bustier. Though poised about the incident, she continued performing at the show. She then addressed the slip up incident by saying "You guys have seen my boobs before. You won't tell anyone, will you?" However, before the tour, Nicki did warn the audience that both her and the dancers could expose anything during the performance by saying "This [the concert] is our first show so excuse any boobs popping out or any penises popping out!" But aside with the exposure, fans were still excited and praised her performances. She sported pasties the following night, in Manchester, similar to those she wore on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in July.
The tour received generally positive reviews. For the opening of the tour, This Is Nottingham gave the tour a mixed review. They praised the opening acts along with the dancers and production settings, but didn't give it a positive nor negative review towards Minaj. They noted Minaj's late progress in the show, with her DJ "d[oing] his best to fill, but his call-and-response routines did wear thin at times." Because of this, they noted the DJ's were "running out of tricks", due to her amount of late progress. However, overall they stated "If Nicki Minaj can hold onto that realness and nurture her on-stage connection with her ever-loving fanbase, even as the venues grow in size, then her biggest tour to date could just turn out to be her greatest triumph yet." Sutherland Echo reviewed her Newcastle performance positively. Katy Wheeler from the publication stated she delivered an "electrifying" performance and stated "With all the madcap bouffants, crazy clothing and cartoon-esque faces, it's easy to forget that Nicki actually has a cracking voice [...] But it shone as she worked her way through a catalogue of infectiously good hits to the backdrop of a slick and expensive-looking set. André Paine from Standard awarded the performance at the O2 Arena, London, four stars out of five, praising her performance and vocal ability, with songs "Fire Burns", "Beez in the Trap" and "Super Bass" as being examples.
For the opening of the Australasian leg, the tour received favorable reviews. Jess Etheridge from Stuff.co.nz reviewed her New Zealand concert, and gave it a positive review. She described her rapping structure and techniques "electrifying and breathtaking." She also praised her "interactions with the crowd showed how funny and natural she is, which was refreshing." However, she did point out her "Long costume changes without any entertainment on stage, such as dancers, made the show feel disjointed and slowed the momentum." However, Damien Grant from New Zealand Herald also reviewed the same location, and gave it a mixed-to-favorable review. First, he was critical on her performance because he felt that the audience wanted Roman (Minaj's alter ego) and said that when they heard Nicki than Roman "they were ecstatic." He also felt that most songs were "truncated" and felt that the production "drowned her." However, he was positive towards her rapping and vocal delivery and stated it was a "good night, but was too short" and concluded "Engaging but not enthralling." However, Shandelle Battersb from the same publication reviewed the same place and gave it a positive review, writing "Minaj delivered an almost perfect pop show, high in theatrics with excellent stage effects – including some alarmingly large fireballs – and dripping with diversity and talent."
This setlist is representative of the show in Brisbane. It does not represent all concerts during the tour.
|October 14, 2012||Paris||France||Bercy Arena|
|October 15, 2012||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Ziggo Dome|
|October 17, 2012||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|October 18, 2012||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National|
|October 21, 2012||Nottingham||England||Capital FM Arena||Tyga
|October 22, 2012||Manchester||Manchester Arena||25,000 / 25,000||$1,873,330|
|October 24, 2012||Liverpool||Echo Arena||N/A||N/A|
|October 25, 2012||Newcastle||Metro Radio Arena|
|October 27, 2012||Birmingham||LG Arena|
|October 28, 2012||Newcastle||Metro Radio Arena|
|October 30, 2012||London||The O2 Arena||15,892 / 17,163||$1,116,140|
|November 2, 2012||Manchester||Manchester Arena||[a]||[a]|
|November 3, 2012||Sheffield||Motorpoint Arena Sheffield||N/A||N/A|
|November 5, 2012||Dublin||Ireland||The O2|
|November 7, 2012||Cardiff||Wales||Motorpoint Arena Cardiff|
|November 24, 2012||Auckland||New Zealand||Vector Arena||Zowie||N/A||N/A|
|November 27, 2012||Adelaide||Australia||Adelaide Entertainment Centre||Tyga|
|November 30, 2012||Sydney||Sydney Entertainment Centre||8,760 / 9,150||$959,982|
|December 3, 2012||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||4,803 / 5,819||$569,994|
|December 5, 2012||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||7,575 / 8,031||$899,466|
|December 8, 2012||Perth||Perth Arena||6,764 / 6,780||$710,103|
|December 28, 2012||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Meydan Racecourse||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Total||62,383 / 69,897 (93%)||$5,429,015|
- Rescheduled shows
|October 3, 2012||Brisbane, Australia||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||Rescheduled to December 3, 2012|
|October 5, 2012||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Entertainment Centre||Rescheduled to November 30, 2012|
|October 6, 2012||Melbourne, Australia||Rod Laver Arena||Rescheduled to December 5, 2012|
|October 9, 2012||Perth, Australia||Perth Arena||Rescheduled to December 8, 2012|
|October 28, 2012||Auckland, New Zealand||Vector Arena||Rescheduled to November 24, 2012|
|September 13, 2013||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||City of Rock||Cancelled|
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets sold / Available||Gross revenue|
|Manchester Arena||Manchester||25,000 / 25,000 (100%)||$1,873,330|
|The O2 Arena||London||15,892 / 17,163||$1,116,140|
|Sydney Entertainment Centre||Sydney||8,760 / 9,150 (95%)||$959,982|
|Brisbane Entertainment Centre||Brisbane||4,803 / 5,819 (82%)||$569,994|
|Rod Laver Arena||Melbourne||7,575 / 8,031 (94%)||$899,466|
|Perth Arena||Perth||6,764 / 6,780 (99%)||$710,103|
|TOTAL||62,383 / 69,292 (90%)||$5,429,015|
- Dancers – Sara Bivens, Jae Fusz, Anthony Garza, Tiffany Simon, Cara Horibe, Karen Chuang, Kelsey Park, and George Jones
- Background singers – LeKeisha Renee Lewis and Candace Marie Wakefield
- Choreographers – Laurieann Gibson, Young Rich, Onika Maraj, and George Jones Jr
- Creative design – Onika Maraj, Josh Thomas and Laurieann Gibson
- DJs – DJ Headache (Main) and DJ Tim Phin (Select dates)
- The score data is combined from the shows held at the Manchester Arena from October 18 and November 2, 2012, respectively.
- Live NAtion (June 25, 2012). "Nicki Minaj Announces 'Pink Friday Reloaded' UK Arena Tour". Live Nation. Retrieved June 28, 2012.
- Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour Newcastle Review. Published on Monday 29 October 2012 15:35.
- Ramirez, Erika. "Nicki Minaj Announces Fall International 'Pink Friday: RELOADED Tour' Dates". Billboard. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Nicki Minaj Setlist at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia". December 3, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
- "Australia and NZ Tour Postponed". Cashmere, Paul. Noise11. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- "Billboard Boxscore". November 14, 2012. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- "Billboard Boxscore". June 20, 2013. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
- Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour Program. USA. 2012.