The Circle Tour
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The Circle Tour is a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi. The tour was supporting the band's 11th studio album The Circle (2009). 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.
|World tour by Bon Jovi|
Promotional poster for 2010 São Paulo concert
|Location||North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Oceania|
|Associated album||The Circle|
|Start date||February 11, 2010|
|End date||December 19, 2010|
|No. of shows||54 in North America|
15 in Europe
5 in South America
9 in Australasia
2 in Asia
|Box office||US $201.1 million ($231.05 in 2018 dollars)|
|Bon Jovi concert chronology|
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 March 24 at 5:00pm a few hours before the band's show at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. The band ended the first year of the tour in Australasia, playing two shows in New Zealand and eight shows in Australia including a VIP-ONLY gig on December 15 at Star City Casino.
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.
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.
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. They announced the winners of the contest in a press release. A list of the winners, their show dates, and more information about the contest can be found at: 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.
- OneRepublic supported the O2 Arena shows on June 17, 19 and 20.
- Kid Rock supported on July 9, 15, 17, 20, 21, 24, 28, 30 and 31.
- Train was the special guest on the first night at the Meadowlands Stadium. Gavin DeGraw was the special guest for the second night, and OneRepublic was the special guest on the third.
- Blood on Blood
- We Weren't Born to Follow
- You Give Love a Bad Name
- Born to Be My Baby
- Lost Highway
- Whole Lot of Leavin'
- When We Were Beautiful
- Superman Tonight
- We Got It Goin' On
- I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
- Bad Medicine (with snipets of Shout)
- It's My Life
- Lay Your Hands on Me (Richie Sambora on lead vocals)
- (You Want To) Make a Memory
- Bed of Roses
- I'll Be There For You
- Someday I'll Be Saturday Night (acoustic)
- Keep the Faith
- Work for the Working Man
- Who Says You Can't Go Home
- Love's the Only Rule
|February 11, 2010||Honolulu||United States||Neal S. Blaisdell Center||Kings of Spade
Mike Corrado Band
|15,291 / 15,291||$1,496,330|
|February 12, 2010|
|February 19, 2010||Seattle||KeyArena||Dashboard Confessional||26,917 / 26,917||$2,412,550|
|February 20, 2010|
|February 22, 2010||San Jose||HP Pavilion at San Jose||14,244 / 14,244||$1,361,125|
|February 24, 2010||Glendale||Jobing.com Arena||13,973 / 13,973||$1,416,502|
|February 26, 2010||Anaheim||Honda Center||27,024 / 27,024||$2,654,472|
|February 27, 2010|
|March 2, 2010||Sacramento||ARCO Arena||14,337 / 14,337||$1,187,851|
|March 4, 2010||Los Angeles||Staples Center||16,698 / 16,698||$1,737,009|
|March 6, 2010||Paradise||MGM Grand Garden Arena||14,803 / 14,803||$2,666,025|
|March 8, 2010||Denver||Pepsi Center||14,934 / 14,934||$1,314,691|
|March 9, 2010||Omaha||Qwest Center Omaha||14,980 / 14,980||$1,122,623|
|March 11, 2010||Wichita||Intrust Bank Arena||13,675 / 13,675||$1,064,673|
|March 13, 2010||Fargo||Fargodome||22,398 / 22,398||$1,515,395|
|March 15, 2010||Kansas City||Sprint Center||15,792 / 15,792||$1,318,327|
|March 17, 2010||Auburn Hills||Palace of Auburn Hills||18,663 / 18,663||$1,326,375|
|March 19, 2010||Montreal||Canada||Bell Centre||37,526 / 37,526||$4,024,240|
|March 20, 2010|
|March 23, 2010||Philadelphia||United States||Wachovia Center||36,697 / 36,697||$3,421,575|
|March 24, 2010|
|March 26, 2010||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena||20,324 / 20,324||$2,444,366|
|March 27, 2010|
|March 29, 2010||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center||17,287 / 17,287||$1,860,756|
|April 7, 2010||Saint Paul||Xcel Energy Center||Select Three
|32,574 / 32,574||$2,768,554|
|April 8, 2010|
|April 10, 2010||Dallas||American Airlines Center||The Dallahachie Boys
The Zack King Band
|33,032 / 33,032||$3,352,099|
|April 11, 2010|
|April 13, 2010||Tulsa||BOK Center||Dashboard Confessional||17,053 / 17,053||$1,276,475|
|April 15, 2010||Atlanta||Philips Arena||16,510 / 16,510||$1,815,719|
|April 17, 2010||Tampa||St. Pete Times Forum||18,298 / 18,298||$1,777,817|
|April 18, 2010||Sunrise||BankAtlantic Center||17,808 / 17,808||$1,803,620|
|April 21, 2010||Nashville||Bridgestone Arena||15,925 / 15,925||$1,623,900|
|April 22, 2010||Charlotte||Time Warner Cable Arena||16,913 / 16,913||$1,499,578|
|May 19, 2010||Hershey||Hersheypark Stadium||Fuel||24,956 / 24,956||$1,691,915|
|May 26, 2010||East Rutherford||New Meadowlands Stadium||Train
|206,099 / 206,099||$21,386,437|
|May 27, 2010|
|May 29, 2010|
|June 4, 2010||Madrid||Spain||Ciudad del Rock||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|June 5, 2010||Scheveningen||Netherlands||Royal Beach|
|June 7, 2010||London||England||The O2 Arena||OneRepublic
|187,696 / 187,696||$18,178,036|
|June 8, 2010|
|June 10, 2010|
|June 11, 2010|
|June 13, 2010|
|June 16, 2010||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy||OneRepublic||15,906 / 15,906||$1,395,370|
|June 17, 2010||London||England||The O2 Arena||OneRepublic
|June 19, 2010|
|June 20, 2010|
|June 22, 2010|
|June 23, 2010|
|June 25, 2010|
|June 26, 2010|
|July 9, 2010||East Rutherford||United States||New Meadowlands Stadium||Train
|July 11, 2010||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center||Soraia||14,625 / 14,625||$998,776|
|July 12, 2010||Cuyahoga Falls||Blossom Music Center||Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes||14,065 / 14,065||$1,036,312|
|July 14, 2010||Calgary||Canada||Pengrowth Saddledome||Zoo Lion||15,859 / 15,859||$1,949,462|
|July 15, 2010||Edmonton||Commonwealth Stadium||Kid Rock||40,451 / 40,451||$2,811,477|
|July 17, 2010||Winnipeg||Canad Inns Stadium||36,865 / 36,865||$2,890,829|
|July 20, 2010||Toronto||Rogers Centre||85,494 / 85,494||$6,976,612|
|July 21, 2010|
|July 23, 2010||Louisville||United States||Churchill Downs||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|July 24, 2010||Foxborough||Gillette Stadium||Kid Rock||51,138 / 51,138||$4,418,585|
|July 28, 2010||Regina||Canada||Mosaic Stadium||33,070 / 33,070||$2,969,495|
|July 30, 2010||Chicago||United States||Soldier Field||95,959 / 95,959||$8,606,259|
|July 31, 2010|
|September 24, 2010||Mexico City||Mexico||Foro Sol||Moderatto||44,124 / 44,124||$2,972,317|
|September 26, 2010||San José||Costa Rica||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|September 29, 2010||Lima||Peru||Estadio Universidad San Marcos||Jhovan||45,193 / 45,193||$3,415,764|
|October 1, 2010||Santiago||Chile||Estadio Nacional de Chile||Lucy Bell||46,983 / 46,983||$3,069,075|
|October 3, 2010||Buenos Aires||Argentina||River Plate Stadium||Los Tipitos||37,633 / 37,633||$4,222,698|
|October 6, 2010||São Paulo||Brazil||Estádio do Morumbi||Fresno||55,833 / 55,833||$5,537,022|
|October 8, 2010||Rio de Janeiro||Praça da Apoteose||15,529 / 15,529||$1,718,300|
|October 15, 2010||Gulf Shores||United States||Gulf Shores Public Beach||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 9, 2010||Washington, D.C.||Late Show with David letterman CBS||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 10, 2010||New York City||Times Square Best Buy||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|November 30, 2010||Tokyo||Japan||Tokyo Dome||N/A||60,313 / 60,313||$8,054,976|
|December 1, 2010|
|December 4, 2010||Wellington||New Zealand||Westpac Stadium||Black River Drive||18,692 / 18,692||$2,710,672|
|December 5, 2010||Auckland||Vector Arena||N/A||10,755 / 10,755||$1,756,427|
|December 7, 2010||Perth||Australia||Patersons Stadium||Village Kid||29,644 / 29,644||$4,620,178|
|December 10, 2010||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||The Scarlets||14,723 / 14,723||$3,558,135|
|December 11, 2010||Etihad Stadium||54,414 / 54,414||$8,139,185|
|December 14, 2010||Brisbane||Suncorp Stadium||The Smart||39,424 / 39,424||$6,113,852|
|December 17, 2010||Sydney||Sydney Football Stadium||October Rage||103,843 / 103,843||$15,502,107|
|December 18, 2010|
|December 19, 2010|
|TOTAL||1,909,234 / 1,909,234 (100%)||$201,100,000|
- Bon Jovi
- Jon Bon Jovi – lead vocals, guitar, maracas for Keep the Faith and Bullet, tambourine for Hey God
- Richie Sambora – lead guitar, lead vocals for Lay Your Hands on Me, backing vocals, talk box
- Hugh McDonald – bass, backing vocals
- Tico Torres – drums, percussion, backing vocals for Love For Sale
- David Bryan – keyboards, backing vocals
- Additional personnel
- The score data is representative of the 12 shows in London, England at the O2 Arena from June 7 through June 26 respectively.
- The score data is representative of the four shows in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the New Meadowlands Stadium on May 26, May 27, May 29, and July 9 respectively.
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