Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour

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Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour
Tour by Nicki Minaj
Poster for Reloaded Tour.jpg
Promotional poster.
Associated album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Start date October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)
End date December 28, 2012 (2012-12-28)
Legs 3
No. of shows 11 in Europe
6 in Oceania
1 in Asia
18 in total
Nicki Minaj concert chronology

The Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour[1] was the second concert tour and debut arena tour by Trinidadian recording artist Nicki Minaj to promote her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and its re-release Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up. It followed her first concert tour, Pink Friday Tour, which was extended with the Reloaded Tour due to high demands with fans wanting her to tour their cities.

This tour was a more grand production than the Pink Friday Tour. Amendments included a more theatrical show, a bigger set, bigger stage, more dancers, and it was much more synchronized including a storyline and video content. Nicki stated that this tour will be like her "Pink Friday Tour on steroids."[2] With the tour kicking off in Nottingham, England, the tour has currently received favorable reviews from critics, praising the vibe and production of the tour. But as it kicked off, the tour has also managed to generate controversy. The tour grossed $10 million.

Background and development[edit]

It was announced via Minaj's Twitter that British singer-songwriter and the UK's X Factor Semi-finalist Misha B, will be opening for her in the United Kingdom and that Tyga, Nicki's Young Money label mate, will be an opening act for the European leg for this tour as well.

On August 1, 2012, Minaj announced that the tour would start later than planned and this would affect the October dates in Australia, Paris, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium.[3] Minaj said the reason she had to postpone these dates were because she was working on a 'secret project,' later revealed to be American Idol and international scheduling conflicts that would also effect Nicki's European dates.[4][5] Live officially announced the rescheduled dates for the Oceania leg for the Reloaded Tour August 6, 2012 on their website.

Tyga, who is the opening act for both Australia and New Zealand announced that he cancelled his appearance in New Zealand. Live Nation Entertainment, who sponsored the tour announced via their Twitter that Tyga was unable to attend the concert.[6] They confirmed he was unable to attend due to complications with travel arrangements, and that his touring party did not manage to be there in time for the concert.[7] He apologized the same night, but Live Nation confirmed he would continue to tour Australia.[7] New Zealand artist Zowie and DJ Tim Phin replaced him for the performance.[7]


Minaj kicked off her tour in Nottingham, England for her first concert off the tour. While performing her song "Va Va Voom" in Nottingham, Minaj suffered a wardrobe malfunction where one of her breasts had slipped out of her bustier.[8] Though poised about the incident, she continued performing at the show. She then addressed the slip up incident by saying "You guys have seen my boobs before. You won't tell anyone, will you?"[8] However, before the tour, Nicki did warn the audience that both her and the dancers could expose anything during the performance by saying "This [the concert] is our first show so excuse any boobs popping out or any penises popping out!"[8] But aside with the exposure, fans were still excited and praised her performances.[8] She sported pasties the following night, in Manchester, similar to those she wore on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in July.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Minaj and Tyga performing

The tour received generally positive reviews. For the opening of the tour, This Is Nottingham gave the tour a mixed review. They praised the opening acts along with the dancers and production settings, but didn't give it a positive nor negative review towards Minaj. They noted Minaj's late progress in the show, with her DJ "d[oing] his best to fill, but his call-and-response routines did wear thin at times."[10] Because of this, they noted the DJ's were "running out of tricks", due to her amount of late progress.[10] However, overall they stated "If Nicki Minaj can hold onto that realness and nurture her on-stage connection with her ever-loving fanbase, even as the venues grow in size, then her biggest tour to date could just turn out to be her greatest triumph yet."[10] Sutherland Echo reviewed her Newcastle performance positively. Katy Wheeler from the publication stated she delivered an "electrifying" performance and stated "With all the madcap bouffants, crazy clothing and cartoon-esque faces, it's easy to forget that Nicki actually has a cracking voice [...] But it shone as she worked her way through a catalogue of infectiously good hits to the backdrop of a slick and expensive-looking set.[11] André Paine from Standard awarded the performance at the O2 Arena, London, four stars out of five, praising her performance and vocal ability, with songs "Fire Burns", "Beez in the Trap" and "Super Bass" as being examples.[12]

For the opening of the Australasian leg, the tour received favorable reviews. Jess Etheridge from reviewed her New Zealand concert, and gave it a positive review. She described her rapping structure and techniques "electrifying and breathtaking." She also praised her "interactions with the crowd showed how funny and natural she is, which was refreshing." However, she did point out her "Long costume changes without any entertainment on stage, such as dancers, made the show feel disjointed and slowed the momentum."[13] However, Damien Grant from New Zealand Herald also reviewed the same location, and gave it a mixed-to-favorable review. First, he was critical on her performance because he felt that the audience wanted Roman (Minaj's alter ego) and said that when they heard Nicki than Roman "they were ecstatic."[14] He also felt that most songs were "truncated" and felt that the production "drowned her."[14] However, he was positive towards her rapping and vocal delivery and stated it was a "good night, but was too short" and concluded "Engaging but not enthralling."[14] However, Shandelle Battersb from the same publication reviewed the same place and gave it a positive review, writing "Minaj delivered an almost perfect pop show, high in theatrics with excellent stage effects – including some alarmingly large fireballs – and dripping with diversity and talent."[15]

Opening acts[edit]


This setlist is representative of the show in Brisbane. It does not represent all concerts during the tour.[17]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Opening Act Attendance Revenue
October 21, 2012 Nottingham England Capital FM Arena Tyga
Misha B
October 22, 2012 Manchester Manchester Arena 18,589 / 22,349 $1,173,330
October 24, 2012 Liverpool Echo Arena N/A N/A
October 25, 2012 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
October 27, 2012 Birmingham LG Arena
October 28, 2012 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
October 30, 2012 London The O2 Arena 15,892 / 17,163 $1,116,140
November 2, 2012 Manchester Manchester Arena [a] [a]
November 3, 2012 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield N/A N/A
November 5, 2012 Dublin Ireland The O2
November 7, 2012 Cardiff Wales Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
November 24, 2012 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena Zowie N/A N/A
November 27, 2012 Adelaide Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre Tyga
November 30, 2012 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre 8,760 / 9,150 $959,982
December 3, 2012 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre 4,803 / 5,819 $569,994
December 5, 2012 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 7,575 / 8,031 $899,466
December 8, 2012 Perth Perth Arena 6,764 / 6,780 $710,103
December 28, 2012 Dubai United Arab Emirates Meydan Racecourse N/A N/A N/A
Total 62,383 / 69,292 (90.02%) $5,429,015
Rescheduled shows
October 3, 2012 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre Rescheduled to December 3, 2012[21]
October 5, 2012 Sydney, Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre Rescheduled to November 30, 2012[21]
October 6, 2012 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena Rescheduled to December 5, 2012[21]
October 9, 2012 Perth, Australia Perth Arena Rescheduled to December 8, 2012[21]
October 18, 2012 Brussels, Belgium Forest National Cancelled
October 28, 2012 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena Rescheduled to November 24, 2012[21]
September 13, 2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil City of Rock Cancelled


  • Dancers – Sara Bivens, Jae Fusz, Anthony Garza, Tiffany Simon, Cara Horibe, Karen Chuang, Kelsey Park, and George Jones
  • Background singers – LeKeisha Renee Lewis and Candace Marie Wakefield
  • Choreographers – Laurieann Gibson, Young Rich, Onika Maraj, and George Jones Jr
  • Creative design – Onika Maraj, Josh Thomas and Laurieann Gibson
  • DJs – DJ Headache (Main) and DJ Tim Phin (Select dates)



  1. ^ a b The score data is combined from the shows held at the Manchester Arena from October 18 and November 2, 2012, respectively.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Live NAtion (June 25, 2012). "Nicki Minaj Announces 'Pink Friday Reloaded' UK Arena Tour". Live Nation. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Yute, Island (2012-06-29). "Nicki Minaj Talks Her First Big Tour, Big Surprise For Fans [Video]". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  3. ^ "NICKI MINAJ on Twitter: "That change affects my #AustralianBarbz, #ParisBarbz, #HollandBarbz, #SwitzerlandBarbz and #BelgiumBarbz. Thank you for your patience. XO"". 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Ticketek Australia". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Twitter". 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  6. ^ 23 Nov 2012 (2012-11-23). "Live Nation AUS & NZ on Twitter: "Tyga is unable to perform with @NickiMinaj in NZ tonight. Full statement on our FB page:"". Retrieved 2016-10-03.  External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ a b c [1]
  8. ^ a b c d Saunders, Louise (2012-10-23). "Nicki Minaj pops out of her dress and suffers wardrobe malfunction on stage | Daily Mail Online". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Nicki Minaj suffers nip-slip at start of U.K. tour | Music | Entertainment | Tor". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  10. ^ a b c
  11. ^ Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour Newcastle Review. Published on Monday 29 October 2012 15:35.
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ Jess Etheridge (2012-11-25). "Glass hurled at shocked Nicki Minaj". Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  14. ^ a b c "Concert review: Nicki Minaj, Vector Arena - Entertainment - NZ Herald News". 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  15. ^ "Review: Nicki Minaj delivers almost perfect pop - Entertainment - NZ Herald News". 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  16. ^ a b Ramirez, Erika. "Nicki Minaj Announces Fall International 'Pink Friday: RELOADED Tour' Dates". Billboard. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Nicki Minaj Setlist at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia". December 3, 2012. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Showbiz". 2014-06-13. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ a b c d e "Australia and NZ Tour Postponed". Cashmere, Paul. Noise11. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  22. ^ Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour Program. USA. 2012.