(You Drive Me) Crazy Tour

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(You Drive Me) Crazy Tour
Tour by Britney Spears
Associated album
Start date March 8, 2000 (2000-03-08)
End date April 20, 2000 (2000-04-20)
Legs 1
Shows 24 in North America
Britney Spears concert chronology
  • (You Drive Me) Crazy Tour
  • (2000)

(You Drive Me) Crazy Tour (also known as Crazy 2k Tour) was the second concert tour by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was launched in support of her studio albums ...Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000). The tour was designed as a continuation of the ...Baby One More Time Tour and a prelude to the Oops!... I Did It Again Tour. It was sponsored by Got Milk? and Polaroid.

The tour was divided into various segments, with each segment being followed by an interlude to the next segment, and it ended with an encore. The set list consisted of nine songs, seven from ...Baby One More Time and two unreleased songs from Oops!... I Did It Again, her then-upcoming album. During the tour, Spears was accused of lip synching, although she denied these claims. The show was recorded and broadcast on Fox. A DVD entitled Live and More! was also released.

Background and development[edit]

On December 17, 1999, during the premiere of the music video for "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" on Total Request Live, Spears called the show to announce March US tour dates. The tour was designed as a continuation of the ...Baby One More Time Tour and a prelude to her future world tour.[1][2] The leg's main sponsor was Got Milk?. Media director Peter Gardiner explained, "Britney is magic with teen-age girls, and that's an absolutely crucial target for milk". Spears shot an advertising campaign to be shown before her performances began.[3] The secondary sponsor was Polaroid and the corporation released the Polaroid I-Zone as the official camera of the tour. Spears also used the I-Zone onstage to take pictures of the audience and further promote the product.[4]

The stage of the (You Drive Me) Crazy Tour was similar to that of the ...Baby One More Time Tour, although much bigger.[5] There were many special effects, including smoke machines and fireworks that erupted during the show. There was a giant projection screen that resembled the magical mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Also present was a mechanical magic carpet in which Spears sat and flew over the first 100 feet above the crowd.[6] Spears, who had five costumes changes during the show, was joined on stage by eight dancers.[2] The setlist consisted of nine songs, seven from her debut album and two unreleased songs from her then upcoming album, Oops!... I Did It Again (2000).[2]

Concert synopsis[edit]

The show opened with a skit in which the dancers came out of lockers and stayed in the stage until a bell rang. They all sat until a female teacher voice started calling their names. After the teacher called Spears, she emerged at the top of the staircase in a cloud of smoke, wearing a top and white stretch pants, to perform a short dance mix of "...Baby One More Time".[2] She then entered one of the lockers and appeared in another one on the opposite side of the stage to perform "(You Drive Me) Crazy".[7] Spears briefly talked to the audience, the segment continued with performances of "Born to Make You Happy" and "I Will Be There". After a dance interlude, Spears appeared onstage sitting on the magic carpet and flew over the audience while singing "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know". When she returned to the stage, she performed another song from her upcoming album, "Oops!... I Did It Again". Spears addressed the audience again before the "Who is the Ultimate Heartbreaker?" interlude, in which her dancers picked a boy from the audience and invited him onstage.[8] Spears took to the stage again wearing a jacket and dedicated the performance of "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" to the boy.[7] She took off her jacket to reveal a pair of black pants that featured a sequined red heart in the back and performed "The Beat Goes On". After two interludes that presented her dancers and band, Spears appeared onstage to perform "Sometimes". The encore consisted of a dance-oriented performance of "...Baby One More Time".[8]

Critical response[edit]

Jae-Ha Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times said that Spears "showed why she has got a leg up on blonder competitors such as Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. Aguilera may have a better voice (and a Grammy to validate it), but Spears has that 'it' factor that worked for pinup queens of the past, such as Farrah Fawcett".[9] Adam Graham of Central Michigan Life commented that "although the show was only about 10 songs long and the authenticity of her voice was in question throughout, it was really truly hard to walk away feeling anything but completely gratified".[8] Dave Tianen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel believed that the show "was energetic, good-humored, fast-paced and bright".[6]

During the tour, accusations of lip synching arose. Spears talked to Rolling Stone about the accusations, saying,

"There's a delay in the screen above me, so if you listen to the music and watch the screen, they don't sync up. I think that confuses people. But I'm singing every song. I'm singing my ass off. [...] There are times during the show, when I'm dancing so much, where I get out of breath, and we have a signal where I'm dying and they'll help me out. Believe me, I'd give anything to do a show where I just sit there and sing".[2]

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

On April 20, 2000, the concert at Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii was taped.[10] On June 5, 2000, it was broadcast in a special in Fox.[11] On November 21, 2000, Jive Records released the Britney Spears: Live and More! DVD, which included the Fox special.[12] It was certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 300,000 copies in DVD units.[13]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "School Roll Call" (Performance Introduction)
  2. "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (contains elements from "...Baby One More Time")
  3. "Born to Make You Happy"
  4. "I Will Be There"
  5. "Hand Jive" (Dance Interlude)
  6. "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know"
  7. "Oops!... I Did It Again"
  8. "Who is the Ultimate Heartbreaker?" (Performance Interlude)
  9. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"
  10. "The Beat Goes On"
  11. "Meet the Dancers" (Dance Interlude)
  12. "Meet the Band" (Performance Interlude)
  13. "Sometimes"
  14. "...Baby One More Time"

Source:[8]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[5]
March 8, 2000 Pensacola United States Pensacola Civic Center
March 9, 2000 Birmingham BJCC Coliseum
March 10, 2000 North Little Rock Alltel Arena
March 12, 2000 Memphis Pyramid Arena
March 13, 2000 Louisville Freedom Hall
March 14, 2000 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
March 15, 2000 Cincinnati Firstar Center
March 19, 2000 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
March 20, 2000 Moline The MARK of the Quad Cities
March 21, 2000 Madison Kohl Center
March 22, 2000 Rosemont Allstate Arena
March 23, 2000
March 25, 2000 Worcester Worcester's Centrum Centre
March 26, 2000 Baltimore Baltimore Arena
March 27, 2000 Albany Pepsi Arena
March 29, 2000 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
March 31, 2000 Tampa Ice Palace
April 1, 2000 Miami American Airlines Arena
April 2, 2000 Daytona Beach Ocean Center
April 4, 2000 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
April 6, 2000 Greenville BI-LO Center
April 7, 2000 Roanoke Roanoke Civic Center
April 8, 2000 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
April 20, 2000 Honolulu Hilton Hawaiian Village

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Pyramid Arena Memphis 16,906 / 16,906 (100%) $578,845[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basham, David (December 17, 1999). "Britney Spears Phones "TRL" To Announce U.S. Tour Dates". MTV (MTV Networks). Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mundy, Chris (May 25, 2000). "The Girl Can't Help It". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). ISSN 0035-791X. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Stephanie (March 6, 2000). "Milk producers back Britney Spears tour". Advertising Age (Crain Communications Inc.). Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Reporter, PR Newswire (April 7, 2000). "Polaroid and Britney Spears Will Drive You Crazy". PR Newswire. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Rosen, Craig (August 3, 2000). "Britney Spears Tour Kicks Off Today". Yahoo! Music (Yahoo!). Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Tianen, Dave (March 23, 2000). "Britney Spears' fast-paced show drives young audience crazy". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Journal Communications). Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Hernandez, Christina (April 10, 2000). "She drives them crazy, sometimes". St. Petersburg Times (Times Publishing Company). Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d Graham, Adam (March 17, 2000). "Oops! Britney Drives Us Crazy ...One More Time". Central Michigan Life (Central Michigan University). Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Kim, Jae-Ha (March 23, 2000). "Tonight at Allstate Arena Sold out Recommended". Chicago Sun-Times (Sun-Times Media Group). Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ Reporter, The Tuscaloosa News (April 15, 2000). "Spears special to include concert". The Tuscaloosa News (The New York Times Company). Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ Abbott, Jim (June 5, 2000). "FOR FOX, IT'S GAMES – FOR BRITNEY, IT'S ALOHA". Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ Reporter, Billboard (November 10, 2000). "Britney Spears 'Stronger'". The Herald Journal (Pioneer Newspapers). Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Britney Spears – Live and More!". Recording Industry Association of America. November 15, 2001. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ Reporter, Billboard (December 15, 1999). "Spears, LFO To Tour U.S.". Billboard (Nielsen Company). Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ Britney Spears (2000). Live and More! (DVD). Jive Records. 
  16. ^ "Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard Magazine (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 112 (13): 60. March 25, 2000.