The Unforgiving Tour

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The Unforgiving World Tour
Tour by Within Temptation
Tour-kleiner.jpg
Promotional artwork for The Unforgiving tour
Associated album The Unforgiving
Start date 24 July 2011
End date 18 October 2013
Legs 7
No. of shows 111 (5 cancellations) (scheduled to date)
Within Temptation concert chronology

The Unforgiving World Tour is a concert tour by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation in support of their fifth studio album, The Unforgiving, released by Roadrunner Records on 25 March 2011. To date, it is their seventh major tour and their second to see them playing worldwide.

Background[edit]

The tour was scheduled to start immediately following The Unforgiving's release, however, due to Sharon den Adel's third pregnancy, the originally planned dates were rescheduled to begin in August 2011.[1] The band did, however, play 7 days at the Vrienden Van Amstel Dutch Festival in January 2011,[2] although they only performed 3 songs at each show (Ice Queen, Faster and Mother Earth), and also made several promotional appearances on European radio stations.[3] On 10 August 2011, the band presented at the Sziget Festival, but The Unforgiving Tour officially started 12 August, at the Huntenpop Festival, in Ulft. This show as unique as the band performed The Unforgiving in its entirety, whilst enacting the album's concept through a new stage design, including lights, videos and other illusions.[4] During August, the band performed at several Summer Festivals as M'era Luna and Lowlands and started an indoor tour in September, first in the North America and then crossing Europe.[5] On early September, during their passage over Poland the album The Unforgiving reached Gold status there.[6]

Later that month, it was announced that Guitarist Robert Westerholt would step down from touring with the band (with the exception of occasional shows) as there was no-one to look after his and vocalist Sharon den Adel's three children. Westerholt will continue to contribute on production and songwriting and will play guitar in the studio, while Stefan Helleblad will play guitar live.[7]

On February 2012, the band brought the tour to South America, playing shows in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Chile.[8] Following their March–April theatre tour, entitled Sanctuary,[9] the band resumed The Unforgiving Tour with shows in some of the biggest European festivals in the summer of 2012, such as Sonisphere, Masters of Rock, Rock Werchter, Summerbreeze and Gods of Metal.[10]

On 9 May 2012, the band officially announced a one-off show called "Elements" at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp in celebration of Within Temptation's 15 year anniversary. The band were accompanied by the Il Novecentro Orchestra and other special guests, including ex-band members and former Orphanage vocalist George Oosthoek.[11][12] The show was sold out with fans from over 50 reported countries in attendance.[13][14] The show would later appear on the Let Us Burn - Elements & Hydra Live In Concert live album.[15]

The tour was well received worldwide. PureGrainAudio, reviewing the band's concert in Baltimore, praised "Sharon’s top-notch vocals and Martijn Spierenburg’s keyboarding," as well as stating that, "aside from musical embellishments, the band came across as really simple and down-to-earth," ultimately deeming it "not just a concert, but an experience."[16] This is Not a Scene, writing about the band's Manchester show, were also positive, commenting that "it was a gig deserving to be sold out and a beautiful night for all to witness."[17] MetalConcerts reviewed their show in São Paulo, stating that "Within Temptation exhaled technique and talent, not to mention the charisma and respect they had with those that were there." [18]

Line-Up[edit]

Within Temptation live at the Paradiso during the first European Leg of the tour.

The Band[edit]

Guests[edit]

Former The Gathering singer Anneke Van Giersbergen participated as a supporting act on selected dates and occasionally as a guest vocalist on the song "Fire and Ice".

Support[edit]

  • Guild of Stags (12/08/2011, 21/09/2011-29/29/2011)
  • 3 (07/09/2011-13/09/2011)
  • Triggerfinger (06/10/2011-08/10/2011, 15/10/2011-28/10/2011)
  • The Cannibal Queen (10/10/2011, 14/10/2011)
  • Kandria (11/10/2011-12/10/2011)
  • Anneke Van Giersbergen & Her Band (04/11/2011-25/11/2011)

Setlist[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Summer Festivals
10 August 2011 Budapest Hungary Sziget Festival
12 August 2011 Ulft Netherlands Huntenpop Festival
13 August 2011 Hildesheim Germany M'era Luna Festival
14 August 2011 Zofingen Switzerland Heitere Open Air
19 August 2011 Hasselt Belgium Pukkelpop [A]
20 August 2011 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands
25 August 2011 Raalte Stöppelhaene
27 August 2011 Lieshout Bavaria Open Air
28 August 2011 Târgu Mureș Romania Peninsula Felsziget
North America
7 September 2011 Toronto Canada Sound Academy
8 September 2011 Montreal Métropolis
9 September 2011 Worcester United States Palladium
10 September 2011 New York City Terminal 5
12 September 2011 Baltimore Rams Head Live!
13 September 2011 Philadelphia Electric Factory
Europe
21 September 2011 Heerhugowaard Netherlands Waerdse Tempel
23 September 2011 Tilburg 013 Club
25 September 2011
27 September 2011 Amsterdam Paradiso Club
28 September 2011
29 September 2011 Groningen Oosterpoort
6 October 2011 Lille France L’aéronef
7 October 2011 Nantes Le Zénith
8 October 2011 Lyon Transbordeur Club
10 October 2011 Madrid Spain La Riviera
11 October 2011 Porto Portugal Coliseum
12 October 2011 Lisbon Recreations Coliseum
14 October 2011 Barcelona Spain Razzmatazz
15 October 2011 Toulouse France Le Bikini
17 October 2011 Milan Italy Alcatraz
18 October 2011 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
20 October 2011 Vienna Austria Gasometer
21 October 2011 Prague Czech Republic Malá Sportovní Hala
22 October 2011 Kraków Poland Hala Wisla
23 October 2011 Warsaw Stodola Club
25 October 2011 Copenhagen Denmark Falconer Theatre
26 October 2011 Gothenburg Sweden Trädgårn Club
27 October 2011 Stockholm Arena
28 October 2011 Oslo Norway Sentrum Scene
4 November 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
5 November 2011 Kerkrade Netherlands Rodahal
6 November 2011 Paris France Zénith de Paris
8 November 2011 Birmingham United Kingdom O2 Academy Birmingham
9 November 2011 Manchester O2 Academy
10 November 2011 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
11 November 2011 London O2 Academy Brixton
13 November 2011 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
15 November 2011 Stuttgart Germany Longhorn Club
16 November 2011 Cologne E-Werk
17 November 2011
19 November 2011 Hamburg Docks
20 November 2011
21 November 2011 Berlin Columbiahalle
23 November 2011 Dresden Schlachthof
24 November 2011 Munich Le Zénith
25 November 2011 Neu-Isenburg Hugenottenhalle
26 November 2011 Sursee Switzerland Rocksound Festival
10 December 2011 Helsinki Finland The Circus
12 December 2011 Saint Petersburg Russia Kosmonavt
13 December 2011
14 December 2011 Moscow Club Milk
Latin America
2 February 2012 Mexico City Mexico Circo Volador
4 February 2012 Quito Ecuador TelefériQo
5 February 2012 Bogotá Colombia Teatro Metropol[B]
7 February 2012 Lima Peru Centro de Convenciones Scencia
8 February 2012 Santiago Chile Teatro Caupolican
10 February 2012 Buenos Aires Argentina Teatro Flores
11 February 2012 São Paulo Brazil Espaço Victory
12 February 2012 Rio de Janeiro Circo Voador
Summer Festivals 2
7 April 2012 Schijndel Netherlands Paaspop
17 May 2012 Hellendoorn Dauwpop
26 May 2012 Madrid Spain Sonisphere Festival
1 June 2012 Oosterhout Netherlands Parkfeest
8 June 2012 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival [C]
9 June 2012 Kaarina Finland Saaristo Open Air
15 June 2012 Gothenburg Sweden Metaltown Festival
16 June 2012 Clisson France Hellfest
22 June 2012 Milan Italy Gods of Metal
23 June 2012 Heerlen Netherlands Park City Live
27 June 2012 Kiev Ukraine Global East Rock Festival[D]
28 June 2012 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
30 June 2012 Arras France Main Square Festival
1 July 2012 Bucharest Romania Tuborg GreenFest
6 July 2012 Knebworth United Kingdom Sonisphere[E]
7 July 2012 Istanbul Turkey Tuborg GoldFest
8 July 2012 Sofia Bulgaria Sofia Rocks
12 July 2012 Vizovice Czech Republic Masters of Rock
20 July 2012 Lichtenvoorde Netherlands Zwarte Cross
21 July 2012 Jarocin Poland Jarocin Festival
22 July 2012 Cuxhaven Germany Deichbrand
5 August 2012 Colmar France La Foire aux Vins d’Alsace
17 August 2012 Dinkelsbühl Germany Summerbreeze
19 August 2012 Sachsen Highfield
7 September 2012 Tiel Netherlands Appelpop
8 September 2012 Kiev Ukraine Gasoline Festival
Elements
13 November 2012 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
Summer Festivals 3
27 April 2013 Pijnacker Netherlands Oranjefesteen
18 May 2013 Kraków Poland Czýzynalia
13 June 2013 Interlaken Switzerland Greenfield Festival
14 June 2013 Nickelsdorf Austria Nova Rock Festival
15 June 2013 Broek op Langedijk Netherlands Indian Summer Festival
28 June 2013 Spálené Poříčí Czech Republic Basinfirefest
29 June 2013 Dessel Belgium Graspop Metal Meeting
30 June 2013 Moscow Russia Park Live Festival
14 July 2013 Weert Netherlands Bospop
25 July 2013 Tiene Belgium Suikerrock
26 July 2013 Oulu Finland Qstock
2 August 2013 Lierop Netherlands Tuinfeest Nirwana
9 August 2013 Sibiu Romania Artmania Festival
10 August 2013 Gävle Sweden Getaway Rock Festival
23 August 2013 Trondheim Norway Trondheim Concerts
30 August 2013 Bilbao Spain En Vivo
8 September 2013 Istanbul Turkey Rock’n Coke
  • A^ Cancelled due to heavy weather.
  • B^ Cancelled due to scheduling problems.
  • C^ Cancelled due to heavy weather.[20]
  • D^ Cancelled due to scheduling problems.
  • E^ Cancelled due to scheduling problems.

Extra shows[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Date City Country Venue Event
21 January 2011 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam Vrienden Van Amstel Live
22 January 2011
23 January 2011
26 January 2011
27 January 2011
28 January 2011
29 January 2011
22 September 2011 Utrecht Stadsschouwburg Dutch Film Festival
17 November 2011 Cologne Germany Hard Rock Cafe Pinktober
10 July 2012 Beirut Lebanon Forum de Beyroth Extra club-shows during Summer Festivals
18 August 2012 Saarbrücken Germany E-Werk
8 November 2012 Haarlem Netherlands Patronaat Elements try-out concert
9 November 2012
29 April 2013 Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Live at Q-hotel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WITHIN TEMPTATION Frontwoman Pregnant With Third Child; European Tour Postponed". Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  2. ^ "Vrienden Van Amstel 2011". Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Jump FM". Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  4. ^ "First Challenge Update". Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  5. ^ "To tour again". Within Temptation. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Within Temptation - Facebook post". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  7. ^ "Robert to focus on song writing and production". Within Temptation. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  8. ^ "WT is coming to South America". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Within Temptation To Kick Off 'Sanctuary' Dutch Theatre Tour Tomorrow". Blabbermouth.net. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  10. ^ "2012 European Festivals". Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  11. ^ http://www.within-temptation.com/headlines/announcement-15-year-anniversary/
  12. ^ http://www.radiometal.com/en/article/within-temptation-is-ready-for-the-next-step,74130
  13. ^ http://www.within-temptation.com/headlines/elements-sold-out/
  14. ^ http://www.within-temptation.com/headlines/50-nationalitities-brought-together-by-elements/
  15. ^ http://www.within-temptation.com/headlines/within-temptation-reveal-new-live-dvdblu-ray2cd-let-us-burn/
  16. ^ "Show Review: Within Temptation and 3 @ Rams Head Live (Baltimore, MD) on September 12, 2011". Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  17. ^ "Within Temptation And Anneke Van Giersbergen At Manchester Academy 09/11/11". Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  18. ^ "Within Temptation At Espaço VIctory 11/02/02" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  19. ^ http://www.within-temptation.com/headlines/robert-to-focus-on-production-and-songwriting/
  20. ^ https://twitter.com/WTofficial/status/211204716934332418
  21. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/within-temptation/2011/stadsschouwburg-utrecht-netherlands-bd0151a.html

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