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The Sweet Escape Tour
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Tour by Gwen Stefani
Supporting album The Sweet Escape
Start date April 21, 2007
End date November 3, 2007
Legs 5
Shows 57 in North America
1 in South America
8 in Oceania
6 in Asia
26 in Europe
98 Total
3 Cancelled
Gwen Stefani tour chronology
Harajuku Lovers Tour
(2005)
The Sweet Escape Tour
(2007)

The Sweet Escape Tour is the second concert tour by American pop and rock singer Gwen Stefani . The tour began in April 2007 in support of her sophomore solo album The Sweet Escape.

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About the show

The tour was Stefani's follow up to her previous The Harajuku Lovers Tour. It went worldwide as compared to her previous tour which was constricted only to North America and had more than double the number of shows. It was Stefani's last solo effort as she rejoined her band No Doubt after the tour ended.[1] The main feature were usage of various props such as a prison for Stefani's opening act, a six - piece band and a large multimedia screen in the backdrop showing videos and animations.[2]

The tour had its own set of controversies. A group of students making up for The National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students, banned Stefani's concert that was slated to take place August 21 at Putra Indoor Stadium. The union's vice president, Abdul Muntaqim said, "Her performance and her attire are not suitable for our culture. It promotes a certain degree of obscenity and will encourage youth to emulate the western lifestyle. The concert should be stopped." The organizer of the vent, Maxis Communications later responded, "Stefani has confirmed that her concert will not feature any revealing costumes. She will abide by the Malaysian authorities' guidelines to ensure that her show will not be offensive to local sensitivities."[3] In April, Akon drew criticism for having on-stage simulated sex with a fifteen-year-old preacher's daughter, at a club in Trinidad and Tobago, as part of a fake contest.[4][5]As a result, the tour's sponsor Verizon Wireless decided not to sponsor the tour.[6]

Stefani donated $166,000 from her 30 October concert in San Diego to "The San Diego Foundation" fire relief fund.[7] On her June 22 and June 23 concerts in Irvine, California, Stefani was joined onstage by her No Doubt bandmates. They performed their songs "Just a Girl," "Spiderwebs,""Sunday Morning","Hella Good" and their cover of Talk Talk's "It's My Life".[8]

Opening Acts

  • Akon (select dates in North America)
  • Brick & Lace (select dates in North America)
  • Shirley Manson (select dates in North America)
  • Hoku Ho (Hawaii)
  • The Hall Effect (Colombia, select dates in North America)
  • Lady Sovereign (select dates in North America)
  • Maria José (Mexico city)
  • Plastilina Mosh (Monterrey)
  • Gym Class Heroes (Oceania)
  • CSS (Europe)
  • Sean Kingston (select dates in North America)
  • OneRepublic (select dates in North America)

Set list

  1. "The Sweet Escape" (performed with Akon)
  2. "Rich Girl"
  3. "Yummy"
  4. "4 in the Morning"
  5. "Luxurious"
  6. "Early Winter"
  7. "Wind It Up"
  8. "Fluorescent" 1
  9. "Danger Zone"
  10. "Hollaback Girl"
  11. "Now That You Got It"
  12. Medley:
    1. "Don't Get It Twisted
    2. "Breakin' Up"
  13. "Cool"
  14. "Wonderful Life"
  15. "Orange County Girl"
  16. Encore:
    1. "The Real Thing" (Wendy and Lisa Slow Jam Mix)
    2. "U Started It" 1
    3. "What You Waiting For?"

1 Performed at select dates.

Tour dates

# Date City Country Venue
North America
1 April 21, 2007 Las Vegas United States Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort
2 April 22, 2007 San Diego United States Coors Amphitheatre
3 April 24, 2007 Fresno United States Save Mart Center
4 April 25, 2007 Bakersfield United States Rabobank Arena
5 April 27, 2007 Los Angeles United States Gibson Amphitheatre
6 April 28, 2007 Phoenix United States Cricket Wireless Pavilion
7 April 30, 2007 Salt Lake City United States The E Center of West Valley
8 May 2, 2007 Denver United States Pepsi Center
9 May 3, 2007 Albuquerque United States Journal Pavilion
10 May 5, 2007 Dallas United States Smirnoff Music Centre
11 May 6, 2007 Houston United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
12 May 8, 2007 Tampa United States Ford Amphitheatre
13 May 9, 2007 West Palm Beach United States Sound Advice Amphitheatre
14 May 11, 2007 Atlanta United States HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
15 May 12, 2007 Charlotte United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
16 May 14, 2007 Raleigh United States Alltel Pavilion
17 May 15, 2007 Virginia Beach United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
18 May 17, 2007 Washington, D.C. United States Nissan Pavilion
19 May 18, 2007 Holmdel United States PNC Bank Arts Center
20 May 20, 2007 Wantagh United States Jones Beach Theatre
21 May 21, 2007 Uncasville United States Mohegan Sun Arena
22 May 23, 2007 Boston United States Tweeter Center
23 May 24, 2007 Camden United States Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
24 May 27, 2007 Atlantic City United States Borgata Events Center
25 May 29, 2007 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
26 May 30, 2007 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
27 June 1, 2007 Detroit United States Palace of Auburn Hills
28 June 2, 2007 Noblesville United States Verizon Wireless Music Center
29 June 4, 2007 Omaha United States Qwest Center
30 June 5, 2007 Saint Paul United States Xcel Energy Center
- June 7, 2007 Milwaukee United States Bradley Center
31 June 7, 2007 London Canada John Labatt Centre
32 June 8, 2007 Chicago United States First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
33 June 10, 2007 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre
34 June 12, 2007 Edmonton Canada Rexall Place
35 June 13, 2007 Calgary Canada Pengrowth Saddledome
36 June 15, 2007 Vancouver Canada GM Place
37 June 16, 2007 Seattle United States White River Amphitheatre
38 June 18, 2007 Sacramento United States Sleep Train Amphitheatre
39 June 19, 2007 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre
40 June 22, 2007 Irvine United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
41 June 23, 2007
42 June 26, 2007 Santa Barbara United States Santa Barbara Bowl
43 June 27, 2007
44 June 29, 2007 Reno United States Reno Events Center
45 June 30, 2007 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
46 July 13, 2007 Monterrey Mexico Arena Monterrey
47 July 15, 2007 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
48 July 18, 2007 San Juan Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum
South America
49 July 21, 2007 Bogotá Colombia Simon Bolivar Park
Oceania
50 July 26, 2007 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
51 July 28, 2007 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
52 July 30, 2007 Sydney Australia Acer Arena
53 July 31, 2007
54 August 2, 2007 Melbourne Australia Rod Laver Arena
55 August 3, 2007
56 August 5, 2007 Adelaide Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre
57 August 7, 2007 Perth Australia Burswood Dome
Asia
58 August 11, 2007 Tokyo Japan Chiba Marine Stadium[a]
59 August 12, 2007 Osaka Japan Maishima Arena[a]
60 August 14, 2007 Kallang Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
61 August 16, 2007 Hong Kong China AsiaWorld Arena
62 August 19, 2007 Bangkok Thailand Impact Arena
63 August 21, 2007 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Bukit Jalil Indoor Stadium
North America
64 August 24, 2007 Honolulu United States Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
65 August 25, 2007
Europe
66 September 10, 2007 Hamburg Germany Color Line Arena
67 September 12, 2007 Munich Germany Zenith Munich
68 September 14, 2007 Berlin Germany Velodrom
69 September 15, 2007 Cologne Germany Kölnarena
70 September 17, 2007 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
71 September 18, 2007 Rotterdam Netherlands The Ahoy
72 September 20, 2007 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
73 September 22, 2007 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
74 September 23, 2007 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
75 September 25, 2007 Birmingham England National Indoor Arena
76 September 26, 2007 Cardiff Wales Cardiff International Arena
77 September 28, 2007 London England Wembley Arena
78 September 29, 2007
79 October 1, 2007 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
80 October 2, 2007 Dublin Ireland RDS Simmons Court
81 October 4, 2007 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
82 October 6, 2007 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
83 October 7, 2007 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
84 October 9, 2007 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
85 October 10, 2007 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
86 October 12, 2007 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
87 October 14, 2007 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
88 October 16, 2007 Milan Italy Datch Forum
89 October 17, 2007 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
90 October 19, 2007 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sports Arena
91 October 20, 2007 Prague Czech Republic Sazka Arena
North America II
92 October 26, 2007 Las Vegas United States Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort
93 October 27, 2007 Anaheim United States Honda Center
94 October 29, 2007 Tucson United States AVA Amphitheater
95 October 30, 2007 San Diego United States Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl
96 November 1, 2007 Stockton United States Stockton Arena
97 November 2, 2007 Oakland United States Oracle Arena
98 November 3, 2007 Santa Barbara United States Santa Barbara Bowl
- November 7, 2007 Phoenix United States Dodge Theater
- November 8, 2007 Phoenix United States Dodge Theater

^ a These concerts were a part of the Summer Sonic Festival.

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Cancellations

  • June 7, 2007 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
  • November 7, 2007 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater
  • November 8, 2007 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater

Box office score data

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
The Pearl at The Palms Las Vegas 2,542 / 2,542 (100%) $476,250
Coors Amphitheatre Chula Vista 14,415 / 19,392 (74%) $638,109
Save Mart Center Fresno 9,418 / 11,558 (81%) $516,726
Rabobank Arena Bakersfield 8,008 / 8,888 (90%) $478,171
Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City 6,047 / 6,123 (99%) $429,825
Cricket Pavilion Phoenix 20,101 / 20,101 (100%) $637,247
E Center West Valley City 8,947 / 9,749 (92%) $433,820
Pepsi Center Denver 8,972 / 12,140 (74%) $448,292
Journal Pavilion Albuquerque 15,100 / 15,100 (100%) $450,132
Smirnoff Music Centre Dallas 15,348 / 19,972 (77%) $516,627
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands 13,554 / 15,895 (85%) $481,640
Ford Amphitheatre Tampa 15,855 / 19,438 (82%) $384,518
Sound Advice Amphitheatre West Palm Beach 17,191 / 19,238 (89%) $372,561
HiFi Buys Amphitheatre Atlanta 11,192 / 18,821 (59%) $355,439
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte 16,269 / 18,867 (86%) $341,408
Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh 17,997 / 19,998 (90%) $276,162
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Virginia Beach 19,143 / 20,055 (95%) $379,448
Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge Bristow 11,860 / 22,527 (53%) $465,190
PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel 16,905 / 16,905 (100%) $667,460
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh 13,417 / 13,842 (97%) $753,637
Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville 7,522 / 7,567 (99%) $447,395
Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts Mansfield 13,309 / 19,067 (70%) $632,915
Borgata Event Center Atlantic City 3,069 / 3,071 (99%) $254,185
Bell Centre Montreal 12,540 / 13,265 (95%) $826,489
Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills 13,071 / 14,424 (91%) $657,504
Verizon Wireless Music Center Noblesville 24,298 / 24,298 (100%) $369,829
Qwest Center Omaha 8,063 / 8,336 (97%) $416,540
Xcel Energy Center St. Paul 11,692 / 15,482 (76%) $512,698
John Labatt Centre London 9,048 / 9,214 (98%) $711,714
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park 21,229 / 28,630 (74%) $573,567
MTS Centre Winnipeg 8,893 / 11,274 (79%) $594,843
Rexall Place Edmonton 12,637 / 13,115 (96%) $874,964
Pengrowth Saddledome Calgary 13,957 / 13,957 (100%) $939,298
General Motors Place Vancouver 14,503 / 15,496 (94%) $996,582
White River Amphitheatre Auburn 14,588 / 19,532 (75%) $528,040
Palacio de los Deportes Mexico City 10,676 / 18,345 (58%) $542,426
Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot Hato Rey 3,850 / 5,715 (67%) $332,378
Neal S. Blaisdell Center Honolulu 13,661 / 13,661 (100%) $904,998
Cox Arena San Diego 7,686 / 8,594 (89%) $262,451
Stockton Arena Stockton 8,066 / 8,837 (91%) $399,074
Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara 4,805 / 4,805 (100%) $348,228
TOTAL 499,444 / 587,836 (85%) $21,628,780

Critical reception

The Sweet Escape tour was generally well received by critics. Christina Fuoco-Karasinski of Livedaily said, "The show's pacing was impeccable. Instead of silence or banter between songs, Stefani's band played musical interludes, or the dancers entertained."[9] Katrina-Kasey Wheeler on PopMatters appreciated the props saying, "everything from the set list to the visuals and props displayed a larger-than-life aura" and that "... years after Gwen Stefani first emerged as a major presence in the world of pop music, she’s finally got a show to match".[10] Chris Macias of Sacbee also appreciated the concert and described the show as "It's part pep rally, part Broadway musical, plus a whole lot of breakdancing from Stefani's sidekicks".[11] Though some critics differed. Joan Anderman of Boston.com said, "... her bad notes were hers, part of a real personality rather than a standard-issue pop star."[12] T. Michael Crowell of Sign On San Diego also agreed and said, "Her vocal range is narrow, and her pitch is not always dead-on."[13]

The tour was a commercial success. The tour was the twenty-third most successful tour in the United States in 2007. The tour grossed $30,511,669 through the 55 shows in the U.S with 53 sold-out shows.[14]

Broadcasts and recordings

Gwen announced in both the October 30 concert at the Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl and the November 1 concert at the Stockton Arena that she was filming her Sweet Escape Tour DVD. Only one concert of the Cox Arena, and Stockton Arena can be chosen for the Sweet Escape Tour DVD.

For the Special occasion, Gwen did a special performance of the song "U Started It" which had only been seen at a few shows. During the concert she ran out into the audience to sing "Cool".

As of January 2010, there has been no release or release details of the Sweet Escape Tour DVD.

References

  1. ^ Greene, Andy"No Doubt Hit the Studio;Gwen Stefani Oversees Proceedings From Afar" Rolling Stone Retrieved on 2007-12-28
  2. ^ Davis, Aaron"Gwen Stefani puts on pop performance at arena" Recornet Retrieved on 2008-01-07
  3. ^ "Malaysian group urges ban on Gwen Stefani concert" Reuters Retrieved on 2007-12-22
  4. ^ Telesford, Nigel. Akon 'cons' Trinidad, Trinidad Express, 2007-04-14
  5. ^ Ramnarine, Kristy. Zen owner: Age limit 21 for club, Trinidad Express, 2007-04-20
  6. ^ Leeds, Jeff. Verizon Drops Pop Singer From Ads, New York Times, 2007-05-10
  7. ^ "Gwen Stefani Creates Wildfire Scholarship Fund" ET Retrieved on 2007-12-22
  8. ^ Kaufman, Gil "Gwen Stefani And No Doubt Surprise Fans With Hometown Reunion" MTV Retrieved on 2007-12-22
  9. ^ Fuoco-Karasinski, Christina "Live Review: Gwen Stefani in Phoenix" Livedaily Retrieved on 2007-12-24
  10. ^ Wheeler, Katrina - Kasey"Gwen Stefani - PopMatters Concert Review" PopMatters Retrieved on 2007-12-24
  11. ^ Macias, Chris"Stefani's sweet escape to Sleep Train" Sacbee Retrieved on 2007-12-24
  12. ^ Anderman, Joan"A sweet escape with Stefani" Boston.com Retrieved on 2007-12-27
  13. ^ Crowell, T. Michael"Energy, glitz of Gwen a hit with faithful fans" Sign On San Diego Retrieved on 2007-12-27
  14. ^ "Top 25 most successful tours of 2007" Billboard Retrieved on 2007-12-24

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