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The Club Paradise Tour was the second headlining tour by Canadian recording artist, Drake. The tour came following the release of Drake's second studio album, Take Care. The tour's name spins off from the 2011 song "Club Paradise", a promotional single released ahead of the release of Take Care, which, in turn, borrowed its name from a strip club in Toronto. An official poster for the tour was released along with the announcement of the venture, showing Drake in the same room as is on the album cover, expressing the despondent conflicting stance about growing wealth and fame prevalent in the album.[1]

Club Paradise Tour
Tour by Drake
Club Paradise Tour Poster.png
Associated album Take Care
Start date February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)
End date June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17)
Legs 3
No. of shows 65
Box office $42,600,000
Drake concert chronology

The tour featured Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky as opening acts for the majority of the dates throughout the tour, with various acts being added as the tour expanded beyond North America. Due to the large demand and tickets selling out in minutes in multiple locations, extra tour dates were added to the itinerary, which included a second leg across the United States. The tour became a commercial success, grossing $42 million in the tour's duration. It was the highest-grossing hip-hop tour of 2012, according to Pollstar's annual year end tour chart.[2]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Drake would announce the tour in October 2011, releasing dates in December, announcing that the "Club Paradise Tour" was set to feature in over college amphitheaters and multi-purpose arenas across the United States and Canada.[3] This was seen as a shock move by Drake, due to the mainstream exposure and commercial success he had experienced following the releases of his two studio albums. Drake would later confirm in an interview with MTV that the labels had wanted him to embark on a stadium tour, which he rejected.[4] He would comment, stating "I fought for this tour, I fought really hard for this tour because, of course, they want me to go get the big bucks, go into the stadiums and cash out. But I was just like, 'I really made this album for the same people that supported me since day one' [so I can't sell out]".[5]

Opening actsEdit

SetlistEdit

  1. "Lord Knows"
  2. "Under Ground Kings"
  3. "I'm On One"
  4. "Over"
  5. "Crew Love" (in some venues)
  6. "The Zone"
  7. "She Will"
  8. "Shot For Me
  9. "We'll Be Fine"
  10. "Forever"
  11. "Marvins Room"
  12. "Take Care"
  13. "Cameras"
  14. "Uptown"
  15. "Miss Me
  16. Medley: "Look What You've Done" / "Fancy" / "Make Me Proud"
  17. "Practice"
  18. "HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)"

Encore

  1. "The Motto"
  2. "Headlines"

[13][14]

Notes

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
North America[15][16]
February 14, 2012 Coral Gables United States BankUnited Center
February 15, 2012 Gainesville O'Connell Center
February 17, 2012 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
February 18, 2012 Columbus Value City Arena
February 21, 2012 Columbia Colonial Life Arena
February 22, 2012 Lexington Rupp Arena
February 24, 2012 Tallahassee Tucker Civic Center
February 25, 2012 New Orleans Lakefront Arena
February 27, 2012 Austin Frank Erwin Center
February 28, 2012 Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena
March 1, 2012 Kansas City Sprint Center
March 2, 2012 Arlington College Park Center
March 4, 2012 Tucson Tucson Arena
March 5, 2012 Los Angeles Galen Center
March 7, 2012 Davis The Pavilion at ARC
March 8, 2012 Fresno Save Mart Center
March 10, 2012 San Jose Event Center Arena
March 11, 2012 San Diego Viejas Arena
Europe[15][17]
March 24, 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2
March 26, 2012 London England The O2 Arena
March 27, 2012
March 29, 2012 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
March 30, 2012 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena
April 1, 2012 Manchester England Manchester Arena
April 2, 2012 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
April 5, 2012 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 7, 2012 Brussels Belgium Forest National
April 8, 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
April 10, 2012 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
April 12, 2012 Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle
April 13, 2012 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
April 15, 2012 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
April 16, 2012 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
April 19, 2012 Birmingham England LG Arena
April 20, 2012
April 22, 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
April 23, 2012 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
April 25, 2012 Nottingham Capital FM Arena Nottingham
North America[17]
May 7, 2012 Concord United States Sleep Train Pavilion
May 8, 2012 Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 10, 2012 Phoenix Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
May 11, 2012 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 13, 2012 Greenwood Village Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
May 14, 2012 Albuquerque The Pavilion
May 16, 2012 Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion
May 17, 2012 Houston Toyota Center
May 19, 2012 Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 20, 2012 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 22, 2012 Raleigh Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
May 23, 2012 Virginia Beach Farm Bureau Live
May 25, 2012 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
May 26, 2012 Burgettstown First Niagara Pavilion
May 28, 2012 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
May 30, 2012 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 1, 2012 Noblesville Klipsch Music Center
June 2, 2012 Tinley Park First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
June 5, 2012 Memphis FedExForum
June 6, 2012 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 8, 2012 Darien Center Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 9, 2012 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center
June 11, 2012 Hartford Comcast Theatre
June 12, 2012 Holmdel Township PNC Bank Arts Center
June 14, 2012 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 16, 2012 Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 17, 2012 Mansfield Comcast Center

Box office score dataEdit

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 12,248 / 12,248 (100%) $824,189[18]
Frank Erwin Center Austin 11,299 / 11,669 (97%) $757,645[18]
Save Mart Center Fresno 11,890 / 11,890 (100%) $753,738[19]
The O2 Dublin 11,433 / 11,433 (100%) $611,911[20]
The O2 Arena London 34,575 / 35,000 (99%) $2,128,570[21]
Manchester Arena Manchester 15,907 / 16,132 (99%) $891,304[22]
Verizon Center Washington, D.C. 11,147 / 12,448 (89%) $1,099,613[21]
TOTAL 108,499 / 110,820 (98%) $7,066,970

ReferencesEdit

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