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The Circle Tour

The Circle Tour
Bon Jovi
Location North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania
Associated album The Circle
Start date February 11, 2010
End date December 19, 2010
Legs 6
Shows 54 in North America
15 in Europe
5 in South America
9 in Australasia
2 in Asia
85 Played
Bon Jovi tour chronology
Lost Highway Tour
(2007-08)
The Circle Tour
(2010)
Bon Jovi Live
(2011)

The Circle Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi. The tour was supporting the band's 11th studio album The Circle.[1] Starting in North America in early 2010, the tour progressed to Europe, South America, Asia and Australia before the years end. It included a historic 12 night run at the O2 Arena in London and four nights in East Rutherford, New Jersey to celebrate the grand opening of the Meadowlands Stadium. The tour was the #1 top grossing concert tour for 2010 in the United States.

Bon Jovi also played a special free performance for fans and former season ticket holders of the Jon Bon Jovi-owned arena football team The Philadelphia Soul on Wednesday, March 24 at 5pm a few hours before the band's show at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. The band will end the first year of the tour in Australasia, currently scheduled to play two shows in New Zealand and eight shows in Australia including a VIP-ONLY gig on December 15 at Star City Casino.

Background

On this tour, the band has pledged to play some of their classic albums in full on some nights, and is varying their set lists more than usual - rarely-played songs from their first two albums are being played, possibly for the first time in twenty-five years. Such songs include Roulette, Get Ready, Only Lonely, Tokyo Road, Let It Rock, Wild Is the Wind, Something to Believe In, It's Hard Letting You Go, Santa Fe and Homebound Train (vocals by Richie Sambora).

Bon Jovi kicked off the stadium leg of the Circle Tour by making history - they played the first ever show at the brand new New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The three sold out shows on May 26, 27 and 29, 2010 were a huge success, that they prompted the addition of another tour date at the stadium - on July 9, 2010 (the start of the 2nd North American leg)

Bon Jovi played a special free performance for fans and former season ticket holders of the Jon Bon Jovi-owned arena football team The Philadelphia Soul on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 a few hours before the band's show at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. They also became the first band ever to play on the roof of the O2 Arena in London, England on June 7, 2010. Around 1,500 people were there to see the amazing stunt on a large TV outside with a large PA system. Trained mountaineers helped the group to reach the top of the roof, which stands at 58 metres above the ground.

This tour features a circle-shaped stage and five massive ABB robots, each complete with a 6' by 9' Nocturne/ Vidicon LED screen attached to their "articulated arms". The patented RoboScreens are an experience in itself as they are choreographed to move with the music and onstage production.[2]

Commercial reception

The Circle Tour was the highest grossing concert tour of 2010 according to Billboard's annual Top 25 concert tours, grossing $146,507,388 from 69 venues. The band's first 35 shows in North America all sold out. They played for 548,632 fans and grossed $51,954,562. Bon Jovi's 12 night run at London's O2 Arena grossed $18,178,036 and seen them play to 187,696 fans. The band's 4 shows at the New Meadowlands Stadium grossed $21,386,437 - a new record for the band, according to the box office gross reported to Billboard and they ended up playing to 206,099 fans.

So far the tour has played to 1,909,234 fans and has grossed $201.1 million from more than 80 venues reported to Pollstar. According to Pollstar, the band's first leg of their North American tour was the top grossing concert tour for the first half of 2010 grossing $52.8 million from 35 shows. The figure excludes the bands 3 shows at the New Meadowlands Stadium which was part of the first leg of the tour.

The Circle Tour ranked #1 in the Top 20 Concert Tours for 2010. The tours are ranked by average box office gross per city, which includes the average ticket price for the North American shows. Trade publication Pollstar compiled the list based on data they received from the concert promoters and venue managers.

"Bon Jovi; $2,010,829; $96.36 For the second time in three years, Bon Jovi ranks as Billboard's & Pollstar's Top Touring Act of the Year. The band's achievement, this year and previously in 2008, demonstrates that, remarkably, the group is hitting its touring peak 26 years after releasing its debut album. In an ongoing global trek promoted by AEG Live that saw the band play stadiums and arenas, Bon Jovi reported Boxscore grosses for the period of November 20 through 28, 2010, of $146,507,388 and attendance of 1,591,154 to 69 sellouts. When Bon Jovi was tops for the year in 2008 with its Lost Highway Tour, the trek finished with a gross of $210 million, the 10th-biggest of all time.[3]

Opening acts

Bon Jovi held a contest, called SuperBAND Tonight, for north-American bands to compete to get a chance to perform as their opening act for some major concerts.Bon Jovi's The Circle Tour Announces Winners of Contest.

  • Dashboard Confessional supported the February, March and some of the April dates.
  • Fuel supported the Hersheypark Stadium show on May 19
  • Kid Rock supported the O2 Arena shows on June 22, 23, 25 and 26.[5][6]
  • OneRepublic supported the O2 Arena shows on June 17, 19 and 20.[6]
  • Kid Rock supported on July 9, 15, 17, 20, 21, 24, 28, 30 and 31.[5]
  • Train was the special guest on the first night at the Meadowlands Stadium. Gavin DeGraw will be special guest for the second night, and OneRepublic will be special guest on the third.[7]

Setlist

The setlists have varied for every show and no two have appeared the same. This is because they are performing various hits and former fan-favorite songs. During the band's 12 night run at the O2 Arena in London, the band played a total of 72 different songs.

The following is a set list taken from their concert at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on the December 10, 2010:

  1. Last Man Standing
  2. You Give Love a Bad Name
  3. Born to Be My Baby
  4. We Weren't Born to Follow
  5. In These Arms
  6. Superman Tonight
  7. When We Were Beautiful
  8. It's My Life
  9. No Apologies
  10. We Got It Going On
  11. Keep the Faith
  12. Bad Medicine/Pretty Woman/Shout
  13. Lay Your Hands on Me (Richie Sambora Lead Vocals)
  14. What Do You Got?
  15. Diamond Ring
  16. I'll Be There for You
  17. Something for the Pain
  18. Work for the Working Man
  19. Thorn in My Side
  20. Have a Nice Day
  21. Who Says You Can't Go Home
  22. Love's the Only Rule
Encore;
  1. Dry County
  2. Wanted Dead or Alive
  3. Livin' on a Prayer

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
February 11, 2010 Honolulu United States Blaisdell Arena
February 12, 2010
February 19, 2010 Seattle KeyArena
February 20, 2010
February 22, 2010 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
February 24, 2010 Glendale Jobing.com Arena
February 26, 2010 Anaheim Honda Center
February 27, 2010
March 2, 2010 Sacramento ARCO Arena
March 4, 2010 Los Angeles Staples Center
March 6, 2010 Paradise MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 8, 2010 Denver Pepsi Center
March 9, 2010 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha
March 11, 2010 Wichita Intrust Bank Arena
March 13, 2010 Fargo Fargodome
March 15, 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center
March 17, 2010 Auburn Hills Palace of Auburn Hills
March 19, 2010 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
March 20, 2010
March 23, 2010 Philadelphia United States Wachovia Center
March 24, 2010
March 26, 2010 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
March 27, 2010
March 29, 2010 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
April 7, 2010 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
April 8, 2010
April 10, 2010 Dallas American Airlines Center
April 11, 2010
April 13, 2010 Tulsa BOK Center
April 15, 2010 Atlanta Philips Arena
April 17, 2010 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
April 18, 2010 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
April 21, 2010 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
April 22, 2010 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
May 19, 2010 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium
May 26, 2010 East Rutherford New Meadowlands Stadium
May 27, 2010
May 29, 2010
Europe
June 4, 2010 Madrid Spain Ciudad del Rock
June 5, 2010 Scheveningen Netherlands Royal Beach
June 7, 2010 London England The O2 Arena
June 8, 2010
June 10, 2010
June 11, 2010
June 13, 2010
June 16, 2010 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 17, 2010 London England The O2 Arena
June 19, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 22, 2010
June 23, 2010
June 25, 2010
June 26, 2010
North America
July 9, 2010 East Rutherford United States New Meadowlands Stadium
July 11, 2010 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 12, 2010 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
July 14, 2010 Calgary Canada Pengrowth Saddledome
July 15, 2010 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium
July 17, 2010 Winnipeg Canad Inns Stadium
July 20, 2010 Toronto Rogers Centre
July 21, 2010
July 23, 2010 Louisville United States Churchill Downs
July 24, 2010 Foxborough Gillette Stadium
July 28, 2010 Regina Canada Mosaic Stadium
July 30, 2010 Chicago United States Soldier Field
July 31, 2010
September 24, 2010 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol
September 26, 2010 San José Costa Rica Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá
South America
September 29, 2010 Lima Peru Estadio Universidad San Marcos
October 1, 2010 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional de Chile
October 3, 2010 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
October 6, 2010 São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Morumbi
October 8, 2010 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose
North America
October 15, 2010 Gulf Shores United States Gulf Shores Public Beach
Asia
November 30, 2010 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
December 1, 2010
Oceania
December 4, 2010 Wellington New Zealand Westpac Stadium
December 5, 2010 Auckland Vector Arena
December 8, 2010 Perth Australia Patersons Stadium
December 10, 2010 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
December 11, 2010 Etihad Stadium
December 14, 2010 Brisbane Suncorp Stadium
December 17, 2010 Sydney Sydney Football Stadium
December 18, 2010
December 19, 2010

Box office score data

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available[8] Gross Revenue[9]
Blaisdell Arena Honolulu 15,291 / 15,291 (100%) $1,496,330
KeyArena Seattle 26,917 / 26,917 (100%) $2,412,550
HP Pavilion San Jose 14,244 / 14,244 (100%) $1,361,125
Jobing.com Arena Glendale 13,973 / 13,973 (100%) $1,416,502
Honda Center Anaheim 27,024 / 27,024 (100%) $2,654,472
ARCO Arena Sacramento 14,337 / 14,337 (100%) $1,187,851
Staples Center Los Angeles 16,698 / 16,698 (100%) $1,737,009
MGM Grand Garden Arena Paradise 14,803 / 14,803 (100%) $2,666,025
Pepsi Center Denver 14,934 / 14,934 (100%) $1,314,691
Qwest Center Omaha 14,980 / 14,980 (100%) $1,122,623
Intrust Bank Arena Wichita 13,675 / 13,675 (100%) $1,064,673
Fargodome Fargo 22,398 / 22,398 (100%) $1,515,395
Sprint Center Kansas City 15,792 / 15,792 (100%) $1,318,327
Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills 18,663 / 18,663 (100%) $1,326,375
Bell Centre Montreal 37,526 / 37,526 (100%) $4,024,240
Wachovia Center Philadelphia 36,697 / 36,697 (100%) $3,421,575
Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville 20,324 / 20,324 (100%) $2,444,366
Verizon Center Washington D.C. 17,287 / 17,287 (100%) $1,860,756
Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul 32,574 / 32,574 (100%) $2,768,554
American Airlines Center Dallas 33,032 / 33,032 (100%) $3,352,099
BOK Center Tulsa 17,053 / 17,053 (100%) $1,276,475
Philips Arena Atlanta 16,510 / 16,510 (100%) $1,815,719
BankAtlantic Center Sunrise 17,808 / 17,808 (100%) $1,803,620
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 15,925 / 15,925 (100%) $1,623,900
Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte 16,913 / 16,913 (100%) $1,499,578
Hersheypark Stadium Hershey 24,956 / 24,956 (100%) $1,691,915
New Meadowlands Stadium East Rutherford 206,099 / 206,099 (100%) $21,386,437
O2 Arena London 187,696 / 187,696 (100%) $18,178,036
Bercy Paris 15,906 / 15,906 (100%) $1,395,370
Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs 14,625 / 14,625 (100%) $998,776
Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls 14,065 / 14,065 (100%) $1,036,312
Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary 15,859 / 15,859 (100%) $1,949,462
Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton 40,451 / 40,451 (100%) $2,811,477
Canad Inns Stadium Winnipeg 36,865 / 36,865 (100%) $2,890,829
Rogers Centre Toronto 85,494 / 85,494 (100%) $6,976,612
Gillette Stadium Foxborough 51,138 / 51,138 (100%) $4,418,585
Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field Regina 33,070 / 33,070 (100%) $2,969,495
Soldier Field Chicago 95,959 / 95,959 (100%) $8,606,259
Foro Sol Mexico City 44,124 / 44,124 (100%) $2,972,317
Estadio Universidad San Marcos Lima 45,193 / 45,193 (100%) $3,415,764
Estadio Nacional Santiago 46,983 / 46,983 (100%) $3,069,075
Estadio River Plate Buenos Aires 37,633 / 37,633 (100%) $4,222,698
Estadio do Morumbi Sao Paulo 55,833 / 55,833 (100%) $5,537,022
Praca da Apoteose Rio de Janeiro 15,529 / 15,529 (100%) $1,718,300
Tokyo Dome Tokyo 60,313 / 60,313 (100%) $8,054,976
Westpac Stadium Wellington 18,692 / 18,692 (100%) $2,710,672
Vector Arena Auckland 10,755 / 10,755 (100%) $1,756,427
Patersons Stadium Perth 29,644 / 29,644 (100%) $4,620,178
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 14,723 / 14,723 (100%) $3,558,135
Etihad Stadium Melbourne 54,414 / 54,414 (100%) $8,139,185
Suncorp Stadium Brisbane 39,424 / 39,424 (100%) $6,113,852
Sydney Football Stadium Sydney 103,843 / 103,843 (100%) $15,502,107
TOTAL[10] 1,909,234 / 1,909,234 (100%) $201,100,000

Personnel

Bon Jovi

Additional personnel

References

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