The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour

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The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour
World tour by Bruno Mars
Bruno mars the doo wops & hooligans tour.jpg
Associated albumDoo-Wops & Hooligans
Start dateNovember 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)
End dateJanuary 28, 2012 (2012-01-28)
Legs9
No. of shows43 in North America
44 in Europe
4 in Asia
5 in Oceania
2 in Caribbean
5 in South America
103 total
Bruno Mars concert chronology

The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour was the first headlining concert tour by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars that was launched in support of his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). The tour was announced in October 2010 and included dates in North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and South America. In February 2011, Mars and Janelle Monáe announced a joint, co-headlining concerts in North America called "Hooligans in Wondaland"; it was Mars' second tour leg in North America.

The setlist featured most of the songs from Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and covers of Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" (1959), Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" (1983) and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" (2003). Mars also performed his featured singles "Nothin' on You" (2009) and "Billionaire" (2010). Mars performed "Grenade" (2010) or "Lighters" (2011) interpolated with "Talking to the Moon" (2011) as the show's encore.

The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour received a generally positive-to-mixed reception from music critics. They praised Mars' energy in his performances and his ability on the drums and guitar solos, as well as his showmanship. Others criticized the various covers he performed. The tour was nominated for a Pollstar award.

Background and development[edit]

On September 9, 2010, it was announced that Mars would promote his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010) as the opening act for Maroon 5 and One Republic on the fall leg of the Hands All Over Tour (2010–11) in North America. He later joined Travis McCoy to co-headline a European tour. On the same day, The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour to support Mars' album was announced and the first North American tour dates were disclosed.[1] Dates were announced for Europe and Oceania in January 2011.[2][3] On November 11, 2010, tickets for additional dates added to the North America leg of the tour went on sale and Paradigm was later announced as the tour's producer.[4][5] The 2010 setlist included seven songs from Doo-Wops & Hooligans, an unreleased track and three covers.[6]

In 2011, Mars rejected several requests to open shows for other artists and instead decided to co-headline a tour with Janelle Monáe called "Hooligans in Wondaland", which was produced by AEG.[7] The announcement of the tour coincided with their performances at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.[8] This strategy meant lower earnings in the short term but allowed Mars to build a fan base by performing shows at smaller, more intimate venues.[9]

Sound[edit]

During the Hooligans in Wondaland tour, Mars' and Monáe's engineers shared the consoles, with technician Ben Rothstein handling the sound gear. In addition, Derek Brener, Mars' front of house (FOH) engineer controlled several inputs and outputs, including the Stereo Auxiliar Output for Subwoofers. Brener also controlled the distressors on Mars' vocals and bass. Hall Verb was employed for drums and horns, delay and R-Verb for vocals, and compression of guitar's sound. Mars had two pairs of speaker wedges downstage center. The inner pair was mixed with Mars' voice and a couple of background vocals, while the outer pair had the band mix along with his guitar on top, according to Mars' monitor engineer, Mike Graham. Alex McCloud, Moane's monitor engineer, affirmed the setup was very close to that used by Mars, with Monáe having a wedge mix and sidefill speakers in front. Reggie Griffith, Monáe's FOH assistant, was in charge of the singer's vocals, removing some of the pitch when she leaned into the microphone. Griffith and Nate "Rocket" Wonder were responsible for mixing Monáe's tracks.[10]

Concert synopsis[edit]

Mars performing in Houston, Texas.

American rapper Donnis opened for the first leg of the North American tour.[11] Alex Hepburn appeared at some of the European shows, while hip-hop duo Diafrix supported Mars in Australia.[12][13] A second leg in North America, called "Hooligans in Wondaland", was announced; supporting acts included Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Patrick Stump and Plan B.[14] The band consisted of Phillip Lawrence (backup vocals), Phredley Brown (keyboard), Jamareo Artis (bass), Eric Hernandez (drums), Kameron Whalum, Dwayne Dugger and James King (horns), Kenji Chan (guitar) and Mars.[A][15] During the tour, Bruno Mars usually wore a fedora with a "plaid flannel-turned-vest" or a sleeveless denim jacket on top of a teeshirt—sometimes with a Harley-Davidson design—and black jeans.[16][17][18] Mars wore a black suit and tie at some shows in the United Kingdom. He used a Fender Stratocaster guitar.[19] The stage had square screens projecting images, lights, flashing graphic colors and video.[16][17] Mars' set was 60 to 80 minutes long and included rehearsed comedic interludes.[16][15][20] Critics noted the difference the backup band and the arrangements made to the sound of the live versions of the songs compared to the recordings on the album.[19][21][22]

The show started with Mars playing a drum solo or with rock versions of "The Other Side" and "Top of The World" with a dance breakdown.[6][22][23] The show included covers of songs by other artists with Mars' tracks.[6][16][17] The third track on the setlist was a rock cover of "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong. This served as an interlude before Travie McCoy and Mars' "Billionaire" a song that the crowd was noted to join in with at many performances.[17][18][21] Mars performed "Our First Time", the next track on the setlist, in a sensual way.[17] It was followed by the funky "Runaway Baby", which showed some James Brown-inspired footwork and dance moves by Mars.[23][19][24] In some shows, this was replaced with a mashup of Michael Jackson's" Billie Jean" and The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" to the rhythm of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Music critics found this a fun way for Mars to show off his guitar skills.[6][21][23]

Later, he sang the romantic ballad "Marry You" while the crowd sang along[17][23][25] as they did to "The Lazy Song", one of the highlights of the tour.[17][25] The singer's latter performance contained a comedic moment in which his backup singer, and songwriting partner, Philip Lawrence shouted, "Oh my God, that feels great!" and the band stopped to "goof on" it.[18][21] "Count On Me" was another singalong for which Mars switched his guitar for a ukulele.[19][23][25] "Liquor Store Blues" was first performed during a series of shows in 2011.[15][16] Mars dedicated a performance of "Nothin' on You", singing one of the rap verses himself, to a girl in the crowd.[25][23] The next song in the 2010 setlist was "Just the Way You Are", which he dedicated to the female audience members who sang along while holding up their smartphones.[16][24] At the end of the show, Mars left the stage and Lawrence asked them if they wanted an encore. Mars returned to the stage and sang "Grenade"[6][25] as an a cappella or a powerful rock song.[18][23][24] In 2011, the setlist changed and a mashup of a shortened version of "Lighters" with "Talking to the Moon", performed as an encore.[15][23]

Critical response[edit]

Mars singing to a crowd wearing ablack suit and a fedora hat
Mars performing in Houston, Texas.

The tour received generally positive-to-mixed reviews from critics. Jordan Levin writing for the Miami Herald praised the show, saying Mars and Monáe often interacted with the crowd between and during songs.[17] Deanna Ramsay of The Jakarta Post gave the show a positive review, saying Mars was able to coax the crowd into singing along with him on most of the songs. She described Mars as a "truly global star".[25] The Boston Herald's Jim Sullivan noted the loud screams for Mars, comparing it to Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson audiences, and likened his showmanship with theirs.[26] The Express-Times's Lynn Olanoff said the show lived up to fans' expectations; Mars' performance confirmed her belief he is "one of the best male vocalists" on radio.[23] In a similar review, Holly Frith writing for Gigwise commented that the show did not disappoint the crowd and praised Mars' showmanship.[15] Robert Ham of The Oregonian said Mars had the spectators' attention throughout the concert and that he sang every note himself; Ham also praised Mars' guitar skills.[18]

The West Australian's Ara Jansan called the performance "one of the most creative and exciting displays of musical artistry" she had witnessed in a long time and dubbed Mars a "superstar in the making". The sold-out concert attracted an audience of all age groups. Jansan also said the show's volume hid Mars' voice and his falsetto nuances.[19] The New Zealand Herald critic likened Mars' skills on the drums, guitar and ukulele, and his energy to that of Prince. However, the reviewer said the set had too many covers.[22] Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph praised Mars' showmanship and called him versatile in his musicality like Prince. McCormick found the mashup of "Billie Jean" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" "comical" and was impressed by it. He criticized "Grenade" for its lyrical content, calling it "whiny".[21] The Guardian's Gareth Grundy also complemented Mars' stage presence, comparing him to Michael Jackson and Prince. Grundy, however, wrote that while "his take on traditional song-and-dance shtick is proficient, his clean-cut blandness and myriad talents can sometimes collide in an unpleasant, teeth-grating manner". He considered the show forgettable.[24]

Accolades[edit]

The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour earned Mars a nomination for Best New Touring Artist at the Pollstar Awards in 2011.[27]

Set list[edit]

2011[15]
  1. "The Other Side"
  2. "Top of The World"
  3. "Money (That's What I Want)" / "Billionaire"
  4. "Our First Time"
  5. "Runaway Baby"
  6. "Marry You"
  7. "The Lazy Song"
  8. "Count on Me"
  9. "Liquor Store Blues"
  10. "Nothin' on You"
  11. "Grenade"
  12. "Just the Way You Are"
Encore
  1. Lighters"/ "Talking to the Moon"
Notes

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and opening act
Date City Country Venue Opening act
Leg 1 – North America[4][11]
November 16, 2010 San Francisco United States Slim's Donnis
November 19, 2010 San Diego Price Center
November 20, 2010 Scottsdale Martini Ranch Donnis
November 23, 2010 Dallas The Loft
November 24, 2010 Houston Warehouse Live
November 26, 2010 Sauget Pop's
November 27, 2010 Chicago Bottom Lounge
November 28, 2010 Cleveland Heights Grog Shop
November 30, 2010 Boston Paradise Rock Club
December 19, 2010 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
December 21, 2010 Kahului Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Leg 2 – Europe[2][12][31]
January 24, 2011 London England Café de Paris
March 3, 2011 Berlin Germany Postbahnhof Alex Hepburn
March 5, 2011 Paris France La Cigale
March 6, 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso
March 7, 2011 Stuttgart Germany Rohre
March 9, 2011 Dublin Ireland Olympia Theatre
March 10, 2011 Manchester England Manchester Academy
March 11, 2011 Glasgow Scotland O2 ABC Glasgow
March 13, 2011 London England Koko
March 14, 2011
March 15, 2011 Birmingham HMV Institute
March 17, 2011 Cologne Germany Gloria Alex Hepburn
March 18, 2011 Munich Theaterfabrik
March 20, 2011 Hamburg Docks
March 23, 2011 Copenhagen Denmark Store Vega
March 25, 2011 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy Alex Hepburn
Leg 3 – Asia[32]
April 5, 2011 Jakarta Indonesia Istora Senayan
April 7, 2011 Cebu City Philippines Waterfront Hotel
April 8, 2011 Quezon City Araneta Coliseum
April 10, 2011 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Putra World Trade Center
Leg 4 – Oceania[13]
April 12, 2011 Perth Australia Astor Theatre Diafrix
April 14, 2011 Sydney Luna Park Sydney
April 15, 2011 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
April 16, 2011 Melbourne Festival Hall
April 18, 2011 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
Leg 5 – North America (Hooligans in Wondaland)[14][33]
May 1, 2011[a] East Rutherford United States New Meadowlands Stadium
May 4, 2011 New York City Roseland Ballroom Plan B
May 6, 2011 Stony Brook Stony Brook University Arena
May 7, 2011 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center
May 8, 2011 Boston Agganis Arena
May 10, 2011 Atlanta Fox Theatre Atlanta
May 11, 2011 Miami Beach Miami Beach Convention Center
May 17, 2011 Grand Prairie Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
May 18, 2011 Houston Reliant Arena Plan B & Patrick Stump
May 20, 2011[b] Montgomery Montgomery Riverfront Amphitheatre
May 21, 2011[c] Baltimore Pimlico Race Course
May 22, 2011 Windsor Canada Caesars Windsor Plan B & Patrick Stump
May 24, 2011 Milwaukee United States Eagles Ballroom Plan B
May 25, 2011 Saint Paul Roy Wilkins Auditorium
May 27, 2011 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
May 28, 2011 Kansas City Uptown Theatre Mayer Hawthorne & The County
May 29, 2011 Broomfield 1stBank Center
May 30, 2011 Orem UCCU Center
June 2, 2011 Seattle WaMu Theater
June 3, 2011 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
June 4, 2011 Portland United States Theater of the Clouds
June 7, 2011 Reno Grand Sierra Resort
June 8, 2011 San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
June 10, 2011 Coachella Spotlight 29 Casino
June 11, 2011[d] Del Mar Del Mar Fairgrounds
June 12, 2011 Universal City Gibson Amphitheatre
June 14, 2011
June 15, 2011 Phoenix Comerica Theatre Mayer Hawthorne & The County
June 16, 2011 Las Vegas Pearl Concert Theater
Leg 6 – Europe[38]
July 1, 2011[e] London England Hyde Park
July 5, 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
July 6, 2011 Paris France Paris Olympia
July 8, 2011[f] London England The Roundhouse
July 9, 2011[g] Punchestown Ireland Punchestown Racecourse
July 10, 2011[h] Kinross Scotland Balado
August 16, 2011 London England HMV Hammersmith Apollo
August 17, 2011
August 18, 2011 Birmingham O2 Academy Birmingham
August 20, 2011[i] Chelmsford Hylands Park
August 21, 2011[j] Staffordshire Weston Park
Leg 7 – North America and Caribbean[44][44]
August 30, 2011[k] Allentown United States Allentown Fairgrounds
August 31, 2011[l] Syracuse New York State Fairgrounds
September 1, 2011 Essex Junction Champlain Valley Exposition
September 3, 2011 Nassau Bahamas Atlantis Paradise Grand Ballroom
September 8, 2011 San Juan Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot
Leg 8 – Europe and North America[46][47][44]
September 15, 2011[m] Baden-Baden Germany Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
September 23, 2011 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
October 3, 2011 Valby Denmark Valby-Hallen Skylar Grey
October 5, 2011 Hamburg Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
October 6, 2011 Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle
October 8, 2011 Munich Zenith
October 10, 2011 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
October 12, 2011 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
October 13, 2011 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
October 15, 2011 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
October 16, 2011 Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle
October 17, 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
October 19, 2011 Brussels Belgium Forest National
October 20, 2011 Paris France Zénith de Paris
October 21, 2011 Nantes Zénith Nantes Métropole
October 23, 2011 London England Brixton Academy
October 31, 2011 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Tanya Lacey
November 1, 2011 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena
November 2, 2011 Manchester O2 Apollo Manchester
Leg 9 – South America[48][49]
January 19, 2012 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena Madvanna
January 21, 2012[n] Mar del Plata Argentina Mute Club de Mar Babasónicos & Zolvein Vixon
January 24, 2012[o] São Paulo Brazil Anhembi Convention Center
January 25, 2012[p] Rio de Janeiro HSBC Arena
January 28, 2012[q] Florianópolis Stage Music Park
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
January 26, 2012 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Mineirinho Cancelled[50]

Box office score data[edit]

Date City Venue Attendance Revenue
March 9, 2011 Dublin Olympia Theatre 1,601 / 1,601 (100%) $41,283[51]
April 18, 2011 Auckland Vector Arena 7,117 / 7,616 (93%) $304,695[52]
May 8, 2011 Boston Agganis Arena 5,973 / 6,215 (96%) $197,109[53]
May 10, 2011 Atlanta Atlanta Fox Theatre 4,251 / 4,251 (100%) $148,785[54]
May 18, 2011 Grand Prairie Verizon Theatre 4,905 / 6,317 (78%) $168,945[55]
May 22, 2011 Windsor Caesars Windsor 4,541 / 4,934 (92%) $198,024[51]
May 25, 2011 Saint Paul Roy Wilkins Auditorium 4,654 / 4,654 (100%) $153,582[56]
May 27, 2011 Chicago Aragon Ballroom 4,873 / 4,873 (100%) $157,154[56]
June 4, 2011 Portland Theatre of the Clouds 3,750 / 4,004 (94%) $131,250[56]
June 8, 2011 San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 8,211 / 8,211 (100%) $307,913[53]
September 8, 2011 San Juan José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum 8,183 / 8,183 (100%) $585,213[57]
Total 58,040 / 60,859 $2,336,953

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from several sources:[10][58][59]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mars' band references can be seen in the Personnel section under Band
  1. ^ The May 1, 2011 concert in East Rutherford at the New Meadowlands Stadium was a part of "The Bamboozle".[34]
  2. ^ The May 20, 2011 concert in Montgomery at the Montgomery Riverfront Amphitheatre was a part of the "Jubilee CityFest".[35]
  3. ^ The May 21, 2011 concert in Baltimore at the Pimlico Race Course was a part of the "Preakness InfieldFest".[36]
  4. ^ The June 11, 2011 concert in Del Mar at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was a part of the "San Diego County Fair".[37]
  5. ^ The July 1, 2011 concert in London at the Hyde Park was a part of the "Wireless Festival".[39]
  6. ^ The July 8, 2011 concert in London at The Roundhouse was a part of the "iTunes Festival".[40]
  7. ^ The July 9, 2011 concert in Punchestown at the Punchestown Racecourse was a part of the "Oxegen".[41]
  8. ^ The July 10, 2011 concert in Kinross at the Balado was a part of the "T in the Park".[42]
  9. ^ The August 20, 2011 concert in Chelmsford at the Hylands Park was a part of the "V Festival".[43]
  10. ^ The August 21, 2011 concert in Staffordshire at the Weston Park was a part of the "V Festival".[43]
  11. ^ August 30, 2011 concert in Allentown at the Allentown Fairgrounds was a part of "The Great Allentown Fair".[23]
  12. ^ The August 31, 2011 concert in Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds was a part of the "New York State Fair".[45]
  13. ^ The September 15, 2011 concert in Baden-Baden at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden was a part of the "New POP Festival".[46]
  14. ^ The January 21, 2012 concert in Mar del Plata at the Mute Club de Mar was a part of the "Fiesta de la P".[49]
  15. ^ The January 24, 2012 concert in São Paulo at the Anhembi Convention Center was a part of the "Summer Soul Festival".[50]
  16. ^ The January 25, 2012 concert in Rio de Janeiro at the HSBC Arena was a part of the "Summer Soul Festival".[50]
  17. ^ The January 28, 2012 concert in Florianópolis at the Stage Music Park was a part of the "Summer Soul Festival".[50]

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