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The Tell Me You Love Me World Tour[1][2] was the sixth headlining concert tour by American singer Demi Lovato, in support of their sixth studio album Tell Me You Love Me (2017). The tour began on February 26, 2018, in San Diego, California and concluded on July 22, 2018, in Paso Robles, California. It was supported by DJ Khaled, Kehlani and Iggy Azalea in North America and Jax Jones and JOY. in Europe. The tour was initially supposed to conclude in November 2018 in Fortaleza, Brazil, but the remainder of the tour was cancelled after Lovato was hospitalized for an overdose and entered treatment thereafter.[3][4]

Development

On October 26, 2017, Lovato first announced that they were going to tour in 2018 with a special guest. Later that day, they revealed the special guest was DJ Khaled.[5] During the American Music Awards 2017 backstage, Lovato announced that American R&B singer Kehlani would be joining Lovato and Khaled on the tour as the opening act.[6] In an interview with Billboard, Lovato revealed the reason they chose the opening acts was that Kehlani inspired Tell Me You Love Me and DJ Khaled was "much fun to watch".[7] Lovato announced on Good Morning America that their co-owned mental health program CAST Centers would return to join them on tour to provide free therapy sessions and wellness workshops after joining their co-headlining Future Now Tour in 2016.[8] The session also featured guest speakers, including Lovato herself, DJ Khaled in Las Vegas date, Iggy Azalea during the Brooklyn stop, Kelsea Ballerini in Nashville and Lauren Jauregui in Miami.[9]

On February 12, 2018, Lovato revealed the European tour dates, which were scheduled to start in May 2018. This marks Lovato's first European concert since a festival appearance during the French NRJ Music Tour in 2015.[10][11][12] Three days later, on February 15, 2018, Latin American dates were announced in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Mexico.[13] The Panama City date was announced on March 7.[14] They were expected to take place in April and early May, but due to production issues, Lovato announced on April 10 that eight dates of the leg in Latin America were rescheduled, while the planned shows in Panama, Ecuador and Costa Rica were cancelled.[15] Additional dates in Amsterdam, Belfast, Dublin and Newcastle were announced on March 13.[16] Lovato added two festival appearances in England and Wales on April 4 and 5, 2018.[17][18] On April 6, 2018, Lovato announced a show in Paso Robles, in which Australian rapper Iggy Azalea would join them as the opening act.[19] On May 8, Lovato announced that English record producer Jax Jones would join them in United Kingdom dates as the supporting act.[20] On May 21, it was announced that Lovato would take the stage in Atlantic City, with Lauv as an opening act.[21] On May 23, Lovato announced that Australian singer and record producer Joy would support the European leg.[22] On June 5, 2018, Becky G was announced as the opening act in Argentina and Brazil dates.[23] About being the supporting act, Becky G told Billboard that it would be "awesome" to join Lovato on tour. She later explained that it was her second time being Lovato's supporting act since 2014 Demi World Tour and commented that she learned much from Lovato at that time.[24] Mexican singer Jorge Blanco was announced as the opening act for the Mexican dates.[25] On July 24, after an hospitalization, it was announced that Lovato would not perform at the show at Atlantic City, which was scheduled to take place on July 26.[26] After speculation, on August 8, it was announced that the shows in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were cancelled due to health issues.[3] The next day, it was announced that the shows in Mexico were also canceled due to the same reason.[4]

Lovato told Billboard that the tour would have "a lot more production". "It will represent who I am as a person and an artist and I can't wait for this country to see it," they added. Lovato also aimed to take an intimate experience on the tour. "I'm going to utilize the arenas and really make sure that from every seat, you get to see my performance up close and personal, as much as we possibly can," they said.[27] Rehearsals for the tour took place at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.[28]


Concert Synopsis

The show is divided into five parts and an encore. The show begins with a montage of the tour's video interludes. Lovato rises from a hole in the floor, performing You Don't Do It For Me Anymore in a getup of a black dress and a trench coat. An interlude is played, which features Demi portraying both mental health professional and patient. Lovato then appears on stage laying on a psychiatrist couch in a black leather bodysuit and thigh-high pointed boots, performing Daddy Issues. Lovato performs Cool for the Summer, accompanied by the eleven dancers performing same-sex erotic moves. The female dancers do synchronized chair-dancing while Demi performs Sexy Dirty Love, followed by Heart Attack with the male dancers breakdance. Give Your Heart a Break is then sung, with Lovato performs backed by a kiss cam.

The next segment of the show is introduced with a video interlude showing Lovato training mixed martial arts under UFC fighter Randy Couture. Lovato and their dancers walk through the crowd to the stage in pink boxer robe, then performs Confident. Demi uses "everywhere at once" trick during the Games performance. The female dancers dress exactly like Lovato in black robe, then are arrayed across the venue. Lovato vanishes during the performance and immediately appears in a white lingerie on the B-stage, located in the back of the venue. The B-stage is set of white rotating bed. They perform Concentrate while sitting down on the bed and playing an electric guitar, followed by Cry Baby. Then performs Lonely, while two male dancers approaching her.

The dancers do a routine, while they change into a royal blue oversized hoodie and blue satin ankle boots. Lovato returns to the main stage to perform No Promises and Échame la Culpa. Lovato reappears in a white bodysuit at a black piano. Before performing Warrior, they usually talk about their struggles with addictions and mental health. Demi then performs Father and Smoke & Mirrors also at the piano. Lovato returns to the stage, accompanied by guest choir to perform Sorry Not Sorry. Lovato closed off the show with Tell Me You Love Me while confetti raining down then disappears through the hole on the stage.

Critical reception

North America

Jim Harrington from Mercury News reviewed the show at SAP Center, saying Lovato was "in good form" throughout the show and called the "Warrior" performance as a highlight.[29] Jason Bracelin of Wikipedia:Las Vegas Review-Journal called the show as a "night of full-throated pop pathos" and praised Lovato for sharing their emotional struggles during the concert.[30] Similar thoughts were echoed by Ashley Naftule of Phoenix New Times who observed the inspirational speech during the "Warrior" performance. "Not only could she do pull off half a dozen costume changes, dance, sing her ass off, play the piano, and run around the arena like she was on a treasure hunt, Lovato could also deliver inspirational talks that were meaningful and moving," she wrote.[31] Gatini Tinsley of News-Herald wrote that Lovato "proved to be all fans need" and called the "Father" performance as the "emotional high point of the show".[32] Toronto Star's Nick Krewen rated the concert 3 stars out of 4, observing that "Lovato mesmerized the audience by every word and action".[33] Reviewing the show at Wells Fargo Center, Matt Smith of NJ.com praised Lovato's vocal performance and compared them to Ariana Grande as "the 2010s-era pop generation's most versatile and powerful vocalists."[34] Celia Almeida of Miami New Times highlighted the "Father" performance and compared the B-stage set to Madonna's Wikipedia:Blond Ambition World Tour (1990).[35]

In less favorable reviews, Taylor Frantum of Dallas Observer stated that the performances were "well executed" and went off without any hitch, but criticized the visual backdrops calling them "hollow" and "uninspired".[36] Jon Bream of Star Tribune criticized Lovato's stage presence, saying "She did not have a strong physical presence, she did not fill the room."[37] Writers of Creative Loafing noted that Lovato "could put on a great show vocally" but noticed Lovato's lack of energy during the Tampa show.[38]

Europe

Ed Power of Metro Newspaper rated the show in Dublin four out of five stars, and called Lovato "brought a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye".[39] Caroline Sullivan from The Guardian gave the show in London four out of five stars. Calling the show "vulnerable but resolute", she writes: "...it would be a flinty onlooker who wasn't at least a little swayed by her commitment to telling 'my truth'."[40] Vicky Townsend of East Anglian Daily Times described the show in Newmarket as "spine-tinglingly" and "breath-takingly brilliant", praised Lovato's vocal performance.[41] Bert Hertogs of Concert News Belgium reviewed the show in Antwerp and rated the show three and a half stars. Hertogs praised Lovato's vocal performance but criticized the sexual elements of the show, calling it "outright" and "reprehensible".[42] David Pollock of The Scotsman described the show in Glasgow as "a production focused upon a woman with a particular brand of star quality which is rather being as much like her audience as possible."[43] Reviewing the show in Stockholm, Natasha Azarmi of Aftonbladet gave a mixed review and called the show was "between mediocre and magic".[44]

Commercial performance

According to Billboard Boxscore, the North American leg of the tour generated $20 million in ticket sales and played to 260,763 fans over 20 shows. The highest grossing show of the leg was at Columbus Ohio Scotteinstein Center, playing for 22,249 and grossing $2.9 million. Washington D.C.'s Capital One Arena drew the largest crowd of the leg with a total of 16,141 tickets were sold.[45]

The Tell Me You Love Me World Tour ranked at #21 on Pollstar's 2018 Year-End Top 100 North American Tours chart with a total gross of $37.8 million.[46]

Set list

This set list is from the concert on March 10, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is not intended to represent all tour dates.[47]

  1. "You Don't Do It For Me Anymore"
  2. "Daddy Issues"
  3. "Cool for the Summer"
  4. "Sexy Dirty Love"
  5. "Heart Attack" (Short version)
  6. "Give Your Heart a Break" (Short version)
  7. "Confident"
  8. "Games"
  9. "Concentrate"
  10. "Cry Baby"
  1. "Lonely"
  2. "No Promises"
  3. "Échame La Culpa"
  4. "Warrior"
  5. "Father"
  6. "Smoke & Mirrors"
Encore
  1. "Sorry Not Sorry"
  2. "Tell Me You Love Me"

This set list is from the concert on May 24, 2018, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is not intended to represent all tour dates.

  1. "You Don't Do It For Me Anymore"
  2. "Daddy Issues"
  3. "Cool for the Summer"
  4. "Sexy Dirty Love"
  5. "Heart Attack"
  6. "Give Your Heart a Break"
  7. "Confident"
  8. "Concentrate"
  9. "Cry Baby"
  10. "Lonely"
  1. No Promises"
  2. Solo"
  3. "Échame La Culpa"
  4. "Fall In Line"
  5. "Warrior"
  6. "Father"
Encore
  1. "Sorry Not Sorry"
  2. "Tell Me You Love Me"

This set list is from the concert "BBC Biggest Weekend" on May 27, 2018, in Swansea, Wales. It is not intended to represent all tour dates.

  1. "Confident"
  2. "Cool for the Summer"
  3. "No Promises"
  4. "Solo"
  5. "Sorry Not Sorry"
  6. "Tell Me You Love Me"
  7. "Échame La Culpa

This set list is from the concert "Summer Saturday Live" on June 9th, 2018, in Newmarket, England. It is not intended to represent all tour dates.

  1. "Confident"
  2. "Cool for the Summer"
  3. "Daddy Issues"
  4. "Sexy Dirty Love"
  5. "Heart Attack"
  6. "Give Your Heart a Break"
  7. "My Love Is Like a Star"
  8. "Old Ways"
  9. "Games"
  10. "Concentrate"
  1. "Cry Baby"
  2. "Fall In Line"
  3. "Smoke & Mirrors"
  4. "Stone Cold"
  5. "Solo"
  6. "No Promises"
  7. "Échame La Culpa"
  8. "Sorry Not Sorry"
  9. "Tell Me You Love Me"

This set list is from the concert "Rock in Rio Lisboa VIII" on June 29, 2018, in Lisbon, Portugal. It is not intended to represent all tour dates.

  1. "Confident"
  2. "Heart Attack"
  3. "Cool for the Summer"
  4. "Sexy Dirty Love"
  5. "Daddy Issues"
  6. "Games"
  7. "Concentrate"
  8. "Catch Me"
  9. "Don't Forget"
  10. "Neon Lights"
  1. "Give Your Heart a Break"
  2. "Really Don't Care"
  3. "Stone Cold"
  4. "Skyscraper"
  5. "No Promises"
  6. "Échame La Culpa"
  7. "Solo"
  8. "Tell Me You Love Me"
  9. "Sorry Not Sorry"
  10. "Sober"

Notes

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Opening act(s)
North America[51][52][53][54]
February 26, 2018 San Diego United States Viejas Arena DJ Khaled
Kehlani
February 28, 2018 San Jose SAP Center
March 02, 2018 Inglewood The Forum
March 03, 2018 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 04, 2018 Phoenix Talking Stick
March 07, 2018 Dallas American Airlines Center
March 09, 2018 Rosemont Alistate Arena
March 10, 2018 Minneapolis Target Center
March 13, 2018 Detroit Little Caesars Arena Kehlani
March 14, 2018 Columbus Schottenstein Center DJ Khaled
Kehlani
March 16, 2018 Brooklyn Barclays Center
March 17, 2018 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
March 19, 2018 Toronto Air Canada Centre
March 23, 2018 Philadelphia United States Wells Fargo Center
March 24, 2018 Washington D.C. Capital One Arena
March 26, 2018 Boston TD Garden
March 28, 2018 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
March 30, 2018 Miami American Airlines Arena
March 31, 2018 Tampa Amalie Arena
April 2, 2018[55] Newark Prudential Center Kehlani

Date City Country Venue Opening act(s)
Europe[1][11][56][57][58]
May 24, 2018 Belfast Northem Irland SSE Arena JOY.
May 25, 2018 Dublin Ireland 3Arena
May 27, 2018[18] Swansea Wales Singleton Park N/A
May 28, 2018[59] Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena JOY.
May 30, 2018 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
June 1, 2018 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
June 2, 2018 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
June 4, 2018 Paris France Zénith Paris
June 6, 2018[60] Cologne Germany Lanxess Arena
June 7, 2018 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 9, 2018[17] Newmarket England Newmarket Racecourse N/A
June 13, 2018 Glasgow Scotland SSE Hydro Jax Jones
JOY.
June 15, 2018 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
June 16, 2018 Manchester Manchester Arena
June 18, 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands AFAS Live JOY.
June 19, 2018
June 21, 2018 Barcelona Spain Sant Jordi Club
June 22, 2018 Madrid Palacio Vistalegre
June 24, 2018[61] Lisbon Portugal Parque da Bela Vista N/A
June 25, 2018[62] London England The O2 Arena Jax Jones
JOY.
June 27, 2018 Casalecchio de Reno Italy Unipol Arena JOY.
June 29, 2018[63] Birmingham England Arena Birmingham

Date City Country Venue Opening act
North America[1]
July 22, 2018[19] Paso Robles United States Paso Robles Event Center Iggy Azalea

Cancelled Shows

Date City Country Venue Reason
April 28, 2018[64] Quito Ecuador Coliseo General Rumiñahui Production Issues
April 30, 2018 Panama City Panama Centro de Convenciones Amador
May 1, 2018 Alajuela Costa Rica Parque Viva
July 26, 2018[21] Atlantic City United States Atlantic City Beach Hospilitalization[65]
September 20, 2018 Mexico City Mexico Arena Cuidad de México Rehab[66]
September 22, 2018 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
November 14, 2018 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena
November 17, 2018 Buenos Aires Argentina DirecTV Arena
November 19, 2018 São Paulo Brazil Allianz Parque
November 21, 2018 Rio de Janeiro Jeunesse Arene
November 24, 2018 Recife Classic Hall
November 27, 2018 Fortaleza Centro de Eventos do Ceará

Notes

  • The concert on April 2, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark was originally scheduled to take place on March 21, but was rescheduled due to extreme weather conditions.
  • The concert on May 27, 2018 at Singleton Park in Swansea is part of BBC Music's Biggest Weekend.
  • The concert on May 28, 2018 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp was originally scheduled for May 29, but was rescheduled due to logistical reasons.
  • The concert on June 6, 2018 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne was originally scheduled to take place at Palladium, but was relocated due to high demand.
  • The concert on June 9, 2018 at Newmarket Racecourse in Newmarket is part of the Summer Saturday Live 2018.
  • The concert on June 24, 2018 at Parque da Bela Vista in Lisbon is part of the Rock in Rio Lisboa VIII.
  • The concert on June 25, 2018 at The O2 Arena in London was originally scheduled to take place on June 10, but was rescheduled due to illness.
  • The concert on June 29, 2018 at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham was originally scheduled to take place on June 12, but was rescheduled due to illness.
  • The concert on July 22, 2018 at Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles is part of The California Mid-State Fair.
  • The concert on April 28, 2018 at Coliseo General Rumiñahui in Quito was originally scheduled to take place at Agora Casa de la Cultura, but was relocated due to maintenance.
  • The concert on July 26, 2018 at Atlantic City Beach in Atlantic City was part of Atlantic City BeachFest Concert Series.

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