Back to Basics Tour
|Back to Basics Tour|
|Tour by Christina Aguilera|
|Associated album||Back to Basics|
|Start date||November 17, 2006|
|End date||October 24, 2008|
|Shows||9 in Australia
10 in Asia
20 in Europe
1 in Middle East
41 in North America
|Box office||US$ 48.2 million ($54,821,602 in 2014 dollars)|
|Christina Aguilera concert chronology|
The Back to Basics Tour was the fourth concert tour by American recording artist Christina Aguilera. It was launched in order to support her fifth studio album, Back to Basics (2006). The tour was officially announced in September 2006, with dates of European venues revealed. The setlist was mainly composed from her albums Christina Aguilera, Stripped, and Back to Basics, and contained remade versions of her three singles: "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)", "What a Girl Wants", and "Dirrty". The Back to Basics Tour visited Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia from late 2006 to mid 2007. In October 2008, three extra dates to Ukraine and the Middle East were added, becoming Aguilera's first concert in the Middle East.
The concert was divided into four acts: 1920s, Duke Joint, Circus, and the encore. 1920s displayed performances mixing traditional R&B, funk, rock, and hip hop elements. Duke Joint featured Aguilera performing in a red sparkling bodysuit. The performances on Circus employed a circus-inspired theme, and the encore ended with a confetti rain. The show garnered mixed to positive reviews from music critics. In a positive side, critics were favorable towards Aguilera's vocal performance and her outfits, as well as the background of the tour. On the other hand, some critics were not impressed towards the setlist opined that Aguilera's voice was "misguided".
The Back to Basic Tour proved to be a commercial success, grossing over US$48.2 million overall. In late July and early August 2007, Aguilera suffered from the flu, forcing her to cancel four Oceania dates. The show in Adelaide, Australia was filmed as a DVD entitled Back to Basics: Live and Down Under and was released in 2008 by RCA Records.
The show was divided into four sections: 1920s, Duke Joint, Circus and the encore, and lasted for 90 minutes. 1920s displayed elements of traditional R&B, funk, rock, and hip hop in the performances. It opened with a video introduction of "Intro (Back to Basics). As the video ended, Aguilera appeared onstage and performed "Ain't No Other Man" with eight back-up dancers dressed in sharp white suits. Subsequently, she performed "Back in the Day" backed by her band, as images of classic jazz and soul artists including John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, and Louis Armstrong appeared on the backdrop. Next, she performed "Understand" in a mini-dress with long train, and performed the salsa version of "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)", which featured a reggae beat. For the performance of "Slow Down Baby", Aguilera wore a white bodysuit; afterwards, she put on black lace thigh-highs and sang "Still Dirrty" featuring excerpts from "Can't Hold Us Down" as newspapers headlines such as "Christina goes from 'dirrty' to demure" and "Christina cleans up her act flashed up on screens. The second act, Duke Joint, began with an erotic video interlude of "I Got Trouble", featuring scenes of Aguilera touching herself on bed and bathing in an old fashioned bathtub. For the live performances during this segment, Aguilera dressed in a sparkling red bodysuit. The performance of "Makes Me Wanna Pray", which was backed by a gospel choir, featured Aguilera singing on the top of a piano, while "What a Girl Wants" was remade in a reggae style. The segment ended with Aguilera performing "Oh Mother" alone as images of a man repeatedly punching a woman as blood dripped from her face shown on the backdrop.
The third segment, Circus, opened with an interlude of "Enter the Circus" and a brief performance of "Welcome", which portrayed a circus-inspired stage as dancers swung on trapezes and breathed fire. The performance of "Dirrty", which incorporated elements from two compositions: "Cell Block Tango" from the Broadway musical Chicago, and the classic march "Entrance of the Gladiators" by Julius Fučík, featured Aguilera performing while riding a carousel horse. Next, Aguilera and her female dressed in sailor styled suits and paid tribute to The Andrews Sisters while performing "Candyman", recreating a World War II theme. For the next number, "Nasty Naughty Boy", Aguilera dressed in a bra and shorts and expressed her S&M fantasy as she took a male audience member onstage and attached him to the Wheel of Death. Subsequently, Aguilera and her dancers playfully whipped around him. For the followup, "Hurt", Aguilera performed alone onstage in a plume outfit while a giant crescent moon descended from the ceiling. The section concluded with "Lady Marmalade", during which Aguilera performed in a cotton-candy pink embellished corset. The encore began with a video interlude of "Thank You (Dedication to Fans...)", featuring excerpts from Aguilera's previous music videos and voice mails from her fans. Aguilera performed "Beautiful" alone onstage before ended the concert with "Fighter", at the end of which confetti rained down.
The 2008 setlist of the Back to Basics Tour was slightly similar to the 2006-07 setlist, but was shorter and did not have the encore due to the show's complexity. The electropop version of "Genie in a Bottle", entitled "Genie 2.0", was performed before the closing song "Fighter".
The Back to Basics Tour received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Sarah Godfrey from The Washington Post criticized the setlist and Aguilera's "overconfidence" during the show. Dave Simpson of The Guardian gave the tour a two out of five stars rating, calling the song selection for the setlist "equally confusing" and opined that the tour was "delivered in a similar Mariah Carey tinnitus-inducing wail and the subject matter, generally, is that X-Tina is fantastic, is tough, is a victim and still enjoys sex - though hopefully not at the same time". Critic Kitty Empire from The Observer and Dave Tianen from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted that the songs on the show did not go well with each other.
An editor from Manchester Evening News opined that the concert had "unusually-genuine message of empowerment" and compared its setlist to Britney Spears' The Onyx Hotel Tour. In a journal for The Press of Atlantic City, Regina Schaffer noted the similarities between the show and Madonna's Confessions Tour (2006) and was not impressed towards the makeovers of Aguilera's previous singles, such as "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" and "What a Girl Wants". Writing for The New York Times, Kelefa Sanneh called the tour "disappointing" because of Aguilera's "misguided" voice. On a more positive side, Cameron Adams from the Herald Sun and Cathy Garcia from The Korea Times praised Aguilera's vocals on the Back to Basics Tour.
Jim Farber from the New York Daily News praised the show's accompaniment with a "horn-punctuated" band, the background visuals and the choreography, but called out Aguilera for her oversinging. An editor of the South China Morning Post, Paul Kay, provided a positive review toward the tour, applauding its synopsis and Aguilera's voice. Katie Boucher writing for the Abu Dhabi journal The National complimented the concert's setlist and Aguilera's attitude, writing that "you couldn't fail to be impressed by her spirit". Likewise, The Miami Student 's Nicole Smith opined that "she really does prove that she is a fighter, through domestic violence, deceit and the basic wear and tear of fame".
Barry Walters from Rolling Stone wrote that, "Whereas Madonna pioneered her brand of bustier feminism with knowing finesse, Aguilera and pals opt for strip-club bombast, even when belting pro-female anthems. Now more woman than girl, Aguilera's looking and sounding stronger than ever, but could benefit from a little adult nuance". Joey Guerra, on a review for the Houston Chronicle, praised Aguilera for being "no mere copycat" but "[taking] essential pieces from other performers, other sounds, other eras and blends them into her own sexy style", further concluding that the artist "claims her pop throne". Daily Trojan's Michael Cooper labelled the tour "an almost-perfect pop concert" and commended on the show's "eye-catching" background and Aguilera's costumes.
After the United Kingdom leg, the Back to Basics Tour gained a huge number of tickets sold and revenue, with the tickets sold out in Dublin and Birmingham. Combined with the Belgium show, Billboard Boxscore calculated that the European leg of the tour garnered about $7.8 million. For the North America leg, although Billboard Boxscore did not calculate the attendance and gross for each date, the forty-one date run grossed a total of $28,921,000, with 391,700 tickets sold (but none of the shows were sold out). After ten concerts held in Asia in early-July 2007, the Back to Basics Tour grossed $43,566,000, became the second highest grossing concert tour as of mid year 2007, only behind Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveShow (with $52,187,000 grossed).
Aguilera initially planned a six date tour for the Australian leg. Subsequently, all of the tickets for the six dates had been sold out, leading Aguilera to expand the tour for three more dates in Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. Four other dates for Melbourne and Auckland (New Zealand) were also planned, but was cancelled due to Aguilera suffering flu virus. By the end of its 78 date run across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia throughout 2006 and 2007, the Back to Basics garnered a total of $48.1 million, becoming the highest grossing concert tour by a female of the year. With three more shows in Kiev, Ukraine and Abu Dhabi, UAE, the tour grossed $48.2 million overall. At the 2007 Billboard Touring Awards, the Back to Basics Tour received two nominations: "Breakthrough Act" and "Top Package".
Broadcasts and recordings
The show filmed at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on July 17 and 18, 2007, entitled Back to Basics: Live and Down Under, was aired on VH1 at 10 PM on January 26, 2008. RCA Records released the DVD for sales on February 4, 2008.
|November 17, 2006||Sheffield||England||Hallam FM Arena||None||10,898 / 11,300||$926,365|
|November 20, 2006||Belfast||Northern Ireland||Odyssey Arena||8,045 / 8,500||$723,691|
|November 21, 2006||Dublin||Ireland||The Point||8,000 / 8,000||$703,705|
|November 23, 2006||Manchester||England||Manchester Evening News Arena||13,835 / 14,000||$1,186,584|
|November 24, 2006||Newcastle||Metro Radio Arena||None||8,343 / 10,000||$718,917|
|November 26, 2006||Birmingham||NIA Academy||12,345 / 12,345||$1,073,674|
|November 29, 2006||London||Wembley Arena||17,252 / 20,000||$1,758,203|
|November 30, 2006|
|December 2, 2006||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Ahoy||N/A||N/A|
|December 3, 2006||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis Antwerpen||11,784 / 15,719||$675,066|
|December 5, 2006||Frankfurt||Germany||Festhalle||N/A||N/A|
|December 6, 2006||Paris||France||Bercy|
|December 8, 2006||Oberhausen||Germany||Oberhausen Arena|
|December 11, 2006||Hamburg||Color Line Arena|
|December 13, 2006||Stuttgart||Schleyerhalle|
|December 14, 2006||Zurich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion||None|
|December 16, 2006||Vienna||Austria||Stadthalle|
|December 17, 2006||Prague||Czech Republic||Sazka Arena|
|February 20, 2007||Houston||United States||Toyota Center||391,700||$28,921,000|
|February 21, 2007||Dallas||American Airlines Center|
|February 23, 2007||Omaha||Qwest Center|
|February 24, 2007||Kansas City||Kemper Arena|
|February 26, 2007||Denver||Pepsi Center|
|February 28, 2007||Glendale||Glendale Arena|
|March 2, 2007||San Diego||ipayOne Center @ The Sports Arena|
|March 3, 2007||Las Vegas||Mandalay Bay Events Center|
|March 5, 2007||Anaheim||Honda Center|
|March 6, 2007||Los Angeles||Staples Center|
|March 9, 2007||Oakland||ARCO Arena|
|March 10, 2007||San Jose||HP Pavilion at San Jose|
|March 12, 2007||Vancouver||Canada||General Motors Place|
|March 14, 2007||Edmonton||Rexall Place|
|March 15, 2007||Calgary||Pengrowth Saddledome|
|March 17, 2007||Winnipeg||MTS Centre|
|March 19, 2007||Saint Paul||United States||Xcel Energy Center|
|March 23, 2007||New York City||Madison Square Garden|
|March 25, 2007||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre|
|March 26, 2007||Ottawa||Scotiabank Place|
|March 28, 2007||Montreal||Bell Centre|
|March 30, 2007||Boston||United States||TD Banknorth Garden|
|March 31, 2007||Atlantic City||Boardwalk Hall|
|April 2, 2007||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center|
|April 3, 2007||Philadelphia||Wachovia Center|
|April 5, 2007||East Rutherford||Continental Airlines Arena|
|April 7, 2007||Uniondale||Nassau Coliseum|
|April 9, 2007||Auburn Hills||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|April 11, 2007||Uncasville||Nationwide Arena|
|April 13, 2007||Cleveland||Quicken Loans Arena|
|April 14, 2007||Pittsburgh||Mellon Arena|
|April 20, 2007||Milwaukee||Bradley Center|
|April 21, 2007||Rosemont||Allstate Arena|
|April 24, 2007||Manchester||Verizon Wireless Arena|
|April 25, 2007||Providence||Dunkin' Donuts Center|
|April 27, 2007||Hartford||Hartford Civic Center|
|April 29, 2007||Baltimore||1st Mariner Arena|
|May 1, 2007||Raleigh||RBC Center|
|May 2, 2007||Duluth||Arena at Gwinnett Center|
|May 4, 2007||Tampa||St. Pete Times Forum|
|May 5, 2007||Sunrise||BankAtlantic Center|
|June 18, 2007||Osaka||Japan||Osaka-jō Hall||None||N/A||N/A|
|June 20, 2007||Tokyo||Nippon Budokan|
|June 21, 2007|
|June 23, 2007||Seoul||South Korea||Olympic Gymnastics Arena|
|June 24, 2007|
|June 26, 2007||Shanghai||China||Shanghai Grand Stage||None|
|June 28, 2007||Bangkok||Thailand||Impact Arena|
|June 30, 2007||Kallang||Singapore||Singapore Indoor Stadium|
|July 3, 2007||Chek Lap Kok||Hong Kong||AsiaWorld-Arena|
|July 6, 2007||Taguig||Philippines||Fort Bonifacio||
|July 13, 2007||Perth||Australia||Burswood Dome||
|July 14, 2007|
|July 17, 2007||Adelaide||Adelaide Entertainment Centre|
|July 18, 2007|
|July 20, 2007||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre||18,383 / 19,982||$1,889,450|
|July 21, 2007|
|July 24, 2007||Sydney||Acer Arena||25,450 / 25,450||$2,466,666|
|July 25, 2007|
|July 27, 2007||Melbourne||Rod Laver Arena||N/A||N/A|
|October 20, 2008||Kiev||Ukraine||Palats Sportu||None||N/A||N/A|
|October 21, 2008||Palats Ukraina|
|October 24, 2008||Abu Dhabi||United Arab Emirates||Emirates Palace Hotel||None||N/A||N/A|
|July 29, 2007||Melbourne, Australia||Rod Laver Arena||Illness|
|July 30, 2007|
|August 2, 2007||Auckland, New Zealand||Vector Arena|
|August 3, 2007|
- Tour Director – Jamie King
- Musical Director – Rob Lewis
- Choreographer – Jeri Slaughter
- Costume Design – Roberto Cavalli
- Shoes – Christian Louboutin
- Tour Promoter – AEG Live
- Tour Sponsors – Verizon Wireless, Orange, Sony Ericsson
- Guitar – Tariqh Akoni and Errol Cooney
- Bass – Ethan Farmer
- Drums – Brian Frasier-Moore
- Saxophone – Randy Ellis and Miguel Gandelman
- Trumpet – Ray Monteiro
- Trombone – Garrett Smith
- Percussion – Ray Yslas
- Background Vocals – Sha'n Favors, Sasha Allen (North American & Pacific Leg), Erika Jerry and Belle Johnson (European Leg)
- Dancers – Paul Kirkland, Kiki Ely, Tiana Brown, Dres Reid, Gilbert Saldivar, Monique Slaughter, Nikki Tuazon, Marcel Wilson and Jeri Slaughter
- Stylist – Simone Harouche
- Hair & Make-Up Designer – Steve Sollitto
- Concert Video Design – Dago Gonzalez for Veneno, Inc.
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