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The Golden Electric Tour

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The Golden Electric Tour
Tour by Janelle Monáe and Kimbra
Start dateMay 17, 2014 (2014-05-17)
End dateMay 26, 2014 (2014-05-26)
Legs1
No. of shows5
Janelle Monáe tour chronology
The Electric Lady Tour
(2013)
The Golden Electric Tour
(2014)
Kimbra tour chronology
Vows Tour
(2011)
The Golden Electric Tour
(2014)

The Golden Electric Tour was a scheduled music concert tour of Australia and New Zealand headlined by American R&B/soul singer Janelle Monáe and the New Zealand electropop singer Kimbra that was cancelled on May 21, 2014.[1][2]

Conception[edit | edit source]

Janelle Monáe and Kimbra bonded over a mutual love of Prince at the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, which turned into a spontaneous jam session that same night. A collaborative tour was soon suggested; both will play their own sets with their respective bands, as well as perform together.[3]

In support of the tour, the dynamic duo released a joint music video of them performing a mash-up of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" and Michael Jackson's Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'.[4]

Cancellation[edit | edit source]

"Ms. Monáe is devastated at not being able to perform for her fans and has vowed to return to our shores in the not-too-distant future ... Janelle Monáe, Kimbra and Live Nation apologize for the disappointment to fans and ticketholders

—Live Nation press release[2]

In May 2014, Monáe fell ill and was forced to cancel the May 16th concert at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia as she was being hospitalized. Shortly after, the May 17th and the May 19th shows were postponed and cancelled, respectively.[5] The tour was officially cancelled altogether on May 20, 2014 on account of Monáe being unable to perform in her condition. While there is still no clarification of Monae's illness or condition, Kimbra assured the fans that they would be back in the future with revived tour dates.[6]

Tour dates[edit | edit source]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue[7]
Date City Country Venue Attendance
May 16, 2014 Perth Australia Challenge Stadium Cancelled
May 17, 2014 Melbourne The Forum
May 19, 2014 Sydney Sydney Opera House
May 22, 2014 Brisbane The Tivoli
May 24, 2014 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
May 26, 2014 Melbourne Australia The Plenary

References[edit | edit source]

  1. James Arnold-Garvey. "Janelle Monae, Kimbra Australian Co-Headline Tour Announced". Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Janelle Monáe tour with Kimbra officially cancelled". March 21, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  3. George Palathingal (April 11, 2014). "Janelle Monae, Kimbra announce joint Golden Electric Tour". Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  4. "Tour news: Janelle Monáe and Kimbra". Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  5. Al Newstead. "Janelle Monáe Cancels Melbourne Concert, Postpones Sydney Show". Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  6. "Janelle Monae's Australian tour cancelled". May 20, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  7. "Live Nation: Janelle Monae and Kimbra". Retrieved April 11, 2014.


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