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Piece by Piece Tour
Tour by Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson - Piece by Piece Tour (Official Poster).png
Promotional poster for tour
Associated album Piece by Piece
Start date July 11, 2015 (2015-07-11)
End date September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)
Legs 1
No. of shows 32 in North America
Box office U.S. $9.7 million[1]
Kelly Clarkson concert chronology

The Piece by Piece Tour was the eighth headlining concert tour from American pop recording artist Kelly Clarkson in support of her seventh studio album, Piece by Piece (2015). It began on July 15, 2015, in Hershey, Pennsylvania and concluded on September 10, 2015, in Atlanta. The tour placed 106th for Pollstar's Year End Top 200 North American Toursfall of 2015, grossing $9.7 million.[1]

Background

Clarkson performing in Austin

On February 2, 2015,during an interview with Canadian radio station CHFI, Clarkson was asked about the tour. replied that she just got the routing for the tour, and they would do the United States, part of Canada, then a full run in Canada, with further dates to follow at a later time.[2]

On March 3, 2015, Clarkson formally announced plans for a tour while promoting Piece by Piece (2015) during an appearance on Good Morning America. An official release confirmed dates across North America.[3] Additional Canadian dates were released on March 16, 2015.[4] Tour dates for the United Kingdom were announced on Clarkson's website on August 3, 2015.[5]

Supporting Clarkson in the United States and Toronto were planned opening acts: Eric Hutchinson[6] and Pentatonix.[7] On Clarkson's Facebook page, she showed her excitement about opener Pentatonix. She stated she hoped to convince them to sing with her during her set.[citation needed] Nick Jonas[8] and Tyler Shaw[9] were scheduled to open up for Clarkson in October 2015 in Canada, before dates were ultimately cancelled.[10] On May 21, 2015, it was announced that singer Abi Ann would also be opening up for Clarkson.[11]

Clarkson confirmed plans to include Piece by Piece singles "Heartbeat Song" and "Invincible" in the set list for the show, alongside album-only tracks, "Dance With Me" and "Tightrope", with the latter promised to be a highlight for the show. Speaking to USA Today, Clarkson stated: "Because of an element I've never done on tour, it makes sense to incorporate that song. I'm not flying or on a tightrope – there's not that – but it makes sense with that song and how it sounds on the record that it will fit into the show."[12]

Cancellations

In September 2015, Clarkson tweeted that the last six shows of the U.S. leg of the tour were cancelled. The singer was placed on vocal rest ordered by her doctors. She said, "So bummed that I have to cancel some of my tour dates. This kills me." "I am truly sorry to my fans that have been excited to see this show. Please know that I never cancel anything unless it's absolutely necessary."[13] Two weeks later, the remaining dates of the tour was cancelled. Clarkson commented, "I am truly sorry that I have to cancel the remainder of my tour dates. I was looking forward to sharing this tour with all my amazing fans in Canada and the U.K. Unfortunately my doctor is telling me I have to stay on vocal rest, but I am working hard to get better as fast as possible." Tickets will be refunded.[14]

Concert synopsis

The show is mixed with her greatest hits, new material off her latest album Piece by Piece and covers. Clarkson brought back "Fan Requests".[15] For "Fan Requests" Clarkson picks a song that was requested via Twitter from someone in the audience each night and her and her band learn the song that day. Starting on July 16, in New York City, Clarkson started doing "KC Classic" in which Clarkson picks a different song each night from her catalog that is not used in the setlist.[16]

Also for this tour Clarkson had an "Open Mic Night" where she gave fans the opportunity to perform a "cover" song on stage. Fans submitted a video of themselves through various social media websites and Clarkson then selected one winner for each city.[17]

Some highlights from the show are Clarkson singing "Heartbeat Song" with opening act Pentatonix and "Walk Away" being mashed up with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' hit song "Uptown Funk". She opens the show with "Dance With Me", a track off Piece by Piece and closes with her hit "Since U Been Gone".[18]

Commercial reception

General sales for the tour will begin on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Citi has been listed as the official bank for the tour, with a special pre-sale access will be given to Citi's Private Pass Program members on March 10, 2015. Members of Clarkson's fan club, Kellebrities, will also be given special pre-sale availability.[19] The toured placed 106th on Pollstar's "2015 Year End: Top 200 North American Tours", grossing an estimate of $9.7 million.[20]

Critical reception

Jewel Wicker from The Patriot-News says: "There's singing and then there's 'sanging.' Clarkson does the latter."[21] Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe said: "the Texas native was in peak form, delivering the hits with gusto, raising otherwise overlooked album cuts to memorable heights, and remaking the case for the restorative powers of pop music on a hot summer night." and "Although Clarkson was joking when she remarked that she is improving with age like fine wine, she was right on the money."[22]

Amy Brooks from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that "the Idol winner launched into a stream of catchy hits that begged to be sung along to, had no problem digging up the emotion to put into the songs."[23] Ben Siegel of The Buffalo News describes the concert as "vocally and musically fantastic.[24]

Adam Graham of The Detroit News says, "Kelly Clarkson has an innate reliability that makes her Not Just Another Pop Star." and "Idol" never produced another star as fresh and off-the-cuff as Clarkson. She speaks her mind, doesn't do the canned banter thing, and chits chats with the crowd like they're a couple of old friends hanging out on her back porch. There's no explanation for it other than she's Kelly, she's an original, and she's our original."[25]

Christopher Rosa from VH1, "she sounded fantastic, but that's nothing new. Kelly has one of the most underrated voices in pop, and her pitch-perfect delivery throughout the evening—even during lyric flubs—was pretty awe-inspiring. However, the glittery rock-pop romp revealed other nuggets about Kelly—as a person and artist—that may surprise you."[26]

Reporter The Oakland Press, Gary Graff states: "it may be time for Kelly Clarkson to have her pop diva credentials re-evaluated."[27] Dallas Observer 's Amy McCarthy says "those vocals are so powerful and affecting — it's hard to miss."[28]

Phoenix New Times 's Amanda Ventura reports that "Kelly was downright incredible. Her pipes. Those pipes."[29] According to Michael Escoto of The Arizona Republic, "Kelly Clarkson put on a fantastic show. She really showed her range as an artist who is capable of making you dance and sing along with her more fun, upbeat songs but who can also a few songs later make you reach for the tissues to dry your eyes after an emotional punch to the stomach."[30]

Opening acts

Setlist

I

Tour stops with this setlist: Hershey, Holmdel

  1. "Dance with Me"
  2. "My Life Would Suck Without You"
  3. "Dark Side"
  4. "Mr. Know It All"
  5. "Nostalgic"
  6. Open Mic
  7. Fan Request
  8. "Second Wind"
  9. "Invincible"
  10. Medley: "Because of You" / "Don't You Wanna Stay" / "Breakaway"
  11. "Tightrope"
  12. "Piece by Piece"
  13. "Take You High" (includes elements of Prince's "When Doves Cry")
  14. "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
  15. "War Paint"
  16. KC Classic
  17. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
  18. "Heartbeat Song" (with Pentatonix)
  19. Mashup: "Walk Away" / "Uptown Funk" (Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars cover)
Encore
  1. "Bang Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj cover)
  2. "Miss Independent"
  3. "Since U Been Gone"

;Notes:

  • "Miss Independent" was not performed in Hershey due to curfew.
  • "Second Wind" was not performed in Hershey.
II

Tour stops with this set: Mansfield

  1. "Dance With Me"
  2. "My Life Would Suck Without You"
  3. "Catch My Breath"
  4. "Mr. Know It All
  5. "Let Your Tears Fall"
  6. Open Mic
  7. Fan Request
  8. "Invincible"
  9. Medley: "Because of You"/"Don't You Wanna Stay"/"Breakaway"
  10. "Tightrope"
  11. "Piece by Piece"
  12. "Take You High" (includes elements of Prince's "When Doves Cry")
  13. "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
  14. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
  15. "Heartbeat Song" (performed with Pentatonix)
  16. Mashup: "Walk Away" / "Uptown Funk" (Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars cover)
Encore
  1. "Bang, Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj cover)
  2. "Miss Independent"
  3. "Since U Been Gone"
III

Tour stops with this set: New York City, Burgettstown, Darien, Uncasville, Toronto, Clarkston, Cincinnati, Noblesville, Rosemont, Maryland Heights, Las Vegas, Mountain View, Phoenix, Albuquerque,The Woodlands

  1. "Dance With Me"
  2. "My Life Would Suck Without You"
  3. "Catch My Breath"
  4. "Nostalgic"
  5. "Mr. Know It All"
  6. "Second Wind"
  7. "Invincible"
  8. "Piece by Piece
  9. Medley:"Because of You" / "Breakaway"
  10. "Tightrope"
  11. "Take You High (includes elements of Prince's "When Doves Cry")
  12. "Behind These Hazel Eyes"
  13. Open Mic
  14. Fan request
  15. KC Classic
  16. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
  17. "Heartbeat Song" (performed with Pentatonix)
  18. Mashup: "Walk Away" / "Uptown Funk" (Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars cover)
Encore
  1. "Bang Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj cover)
  2. "Miss Independent"
  3. "Since U Been Gone"

;Notes:

  • "Heartbeat Song" was performed as the album version without Pentatonix on the second night in New York (July 17), and in Albuquerque.

Source:[34]

  • "Dark Side" took place of "Catch My Breath" in Mountain View, Albuquerque, Austin, The Woodlands
  • "Second Wind" was not performed in Noblesville, Las Vegas, Mountain View, Phoenix, and Albuquerque.

Fan Requests

North America

July 11 – October 17, 2015.

KC Classic

North America

No KC Classic in Hershey, Mansfield, Holmdel, Toronto, Maryland Heights, Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas, The Woodlands, Little Rock, Nashville.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Opening acts
North America[39]
July 11, 2015 Hershey United States Hersheypark Stadium Pentatonix
Eric Hutchinson
Abi Ann
July 12, 2015 Mansfield Xfinity Center
July 14, 2015 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 16, 2015 New York City Radio City Music Hall Pentatonix
Eric Hutchinson
July 17, 2015
July 19, 2015 Burgettstown First Niagara Pavilion Pentatonix
Eric Hutchinson
Abi Ann
July 21, 2015 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 23, 2015 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
July 25, 2015 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 26, 2015 Clarkston United States DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 28, 2015 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 30, 2015 Noblesville Klipsch Music Center
August 1, 2015 Rosemont Allstate Arena
August 2, 2015 Maryland Heights Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
August 4, 2015 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
August 6, 2015 Denver Pepsi Center
August 8, 2015 West Valley City USANA Amphitheatre
August 10, 2015 Portland Moda Center
August 12, 2015 Seattle KeyArena
August 15, 2015 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
August 16, 2015 San Diego Viejas Arena
August 19, 2015 Los Angeles Staples Center
August 21, 2015 Wheatland Toyota Amphitheatre
August 23, 2015 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 25, 2015 Phoenix Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 27, 2015 Albuquerque Isleta Amphitheater
August 29, 2015 Austin Austin360 Amphitheater
August 30, 2015 Dallas Gexa Energy Pavilion
September 1, 2015 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 3, 2015 North Little Rock Verizon Arena
September 5, 2015 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
September 10, 2015 Atlanta Aaron's Amphitheatre

Cancelled shows

Date City Country Venue Reason
September 12, 2015 Wolf Trap United States Filene Center Vocal rest ordered by her doctors[40]
September 13, 2015
September 15, 2015 Tampa MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 17, 2015 West Palm Beach Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
September 19, 2015 Raleigh Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
September 20, 2015 Camden BB&T Pavilion
October 1, 2015 Ottawa Canada Canadian Tire Centre
October 2, 2015 Montreal Bell Centre
October 4, 2015 London Budweiser Gardens
October 7, 2015 Winnipeg MTS Centre
October 10, 2015 Saskatoon SaskTel Centre
October 12, 2015 Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome
October 14, 2015 Edmonton Rexall Place
October 15, 2015 Dawson Creek EnCana Events Centre
October 17, 2015 Vancouver Rogers Arena
November 10, 2015 Dublin Ireland 3Arena N/A
November 12, 2015 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro
November 14, 2015 Birmingham England Genting Arena
November 16, 2015 Leeds First Direct Arena
November 18, 2015 Manchester Manchester Arena
November 20, 2015 London SSE Arena

Box office score data

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Radio City Music Hall New York City 11,143 / 11,581 (96%) $992,105[41]
Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville 5,216 / 5,711 (91%) $491,340[42]
DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston 11,896 / 14,788 (80%) $431,500[43]
Staples Center Los Angeles 10,961 / 12,314 (89%) $615,055[44]
Bridgestone Arena Nashville 10,760 / 12,699 (85%) $484,035[45]
TOTAL 49,976 / 57,093 (88%) $3,014,035

Personnel

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