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
|Christina Aguilera tour chronology|
Back to Basics Tour was the fourth concert tour by American recording artist Christina Aguilera. The tour was launched in order to support her fifth studio album, Back to Basics (2006). It grossed over $48.1 million just in 2007 and $90 million worldwide when combined to the dates of 2006 and 2008, according to Billboard Boxscore. With 80 dates, it visited North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It was the most successful tour by a female artist in the United States for 2007.
The show starts with a video introduction of the song "Intro: Back to Basics"; in it Aguilera gets ready for the show as she sings. She dresses up, puts lipstick on and then walks through a hall with images of old time singers. When the video ends, the video screen reveals the real Aguilera with a white suit on top of a luminous flight of steps, along her dancers she performs "Ain't No Other Man". After that, she takes off her vest and starts singing "Back in the Day". As the songs ends, Aguilera gets ready to perform "Understand" in a white dress. A jazz version of "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" is performed next with her dancers back. As she remove accessories form her suit, she starts singing "Slow Down Baby" with playful dance moves to her male dancers. As she puts on black tights, she begins to perform "Still Dirrty"; at the end of the song she sings excerpts of "Can't Hold Us Down". After Christina disappeared backstage a video interlude of the song "I Got Trouble" is played, in the video Aguilera is seen with erotic moves touching herself in a tub and a bed. When the interlude concludes and the stage is changed to a jazz club, Aguilera rises up on a piano and starts performing "Makes Me Wanna Pray". A Caribbean/reggae version of "What a Girl Wants" is performed next. At this point of the show, Aguilera sits in one of the tables for some minutes to give a speech about her past and how people can relate with the next song, before she sings "Oh Mother". When the song concludes with a "I love you mom", the stage changes for the circus segment.
An interlude of the song "Enter the Circus" begins, with Aguilera's dancers as jugglers, pyromaniacs and trapeze people. Aguilera then rises up in a circus board as the ringleader to sing "Welcome". After the performance, the lights go down and the female dancers came in stage one by one, Christina then rises up in a carousel horse to sing "Dirrty". When the performance ends, the male dancers appear as drunk sailors singing the line "Tarzan and Jane were swingin' on a vine" and then dancing one by one; Aguilera then comes in stage with two of her female dancers to perform "Candyman". As the song ends, Christina presents her male dancers and asks them to bring a male volunteer as she call her female dancers. The male is tied up in the round board, then Aguilera comes back to sing the volunteer "Nasty Naughty Boy" and make seductive moves with her girls. "Hurt" followed this performance with a big faced moon that descends in the stage. The next song was "Lady Marmalade", here the dancers appear with big pink fans then Christina rises sitting in a chair to perform the song. Another interlude is played with the song "Thank You (Dedication to Fans…)" where it includes most of Christina's videos and messages from her fans around a world. At the end of the show, the encore begins with Aguilera alone in the stage singing "Beautiful". Then, joined by her dancers, it's followed by "Fighter".
The Back to Basics tour received very positive review from critics, with many praising not only the stage, setlist,and design but Aguilera's vocals. Film Laureate from BC blogcritics praised Aguilera's vocals and the show, stating "Aguilera's stage presence is wrapped up in something she has all on her own: sheer diva", also highlighting her stage presence over the one of her contemporaries. And remarking emotionals moments in "Oh Mother", "Hurt" and specially in "Beautiful". But commenting on the nex spins of previous hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)". Then again, praising her unconventional and "out of the pack" dancers. Concerts.com also had similar praise remarking "Aguilera stole the show in what will be forever remembered as an intense, somewhat comical, somewhat sexy, somewhat burlesque-like show brought to you by one of the foremost pop music vocalists and performers of the day". Barry Walters from Rolling stone was slightly more critical of the show stating "Aguilera's looking and sounding stronger than ever, but could benefit from a little adult nuance.". Aguilera did many promotional acts to support her Back To Basics album including many television shows and radio guest appearances. She also went through 80 shows without vocal rest. It was one of the most successful and profitable female tours of the decade.(2000-2010)
By mid-year of 2007, the Back to Basics Tour had grossed over 43,566,000 US$, according to Nielsen SoundScan, only behind Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveShow with 52,187,000 US$ grossed. Combined, the tour grossed over $48.1 million in 2007 alone and by the end of its 80 date run, grossed over $48.2 million worldwide, it became the biggest grossing tour by a female in the United States for 2007. In Australia the show sold over 200 000 tickets in less than an hour prompting promoters to add 4 additional dates(these were cancelled however, due to Aguilera's pregnancy). The tour is estimated to have been seen by over 1 million people. In 2009, People named the Back To Basics tour as the 9th most profitable tour be a female in history. The tours success ensured that it received 2 touring award nominations from Billboard, these included the "Top package" and "Breakthrough act" awards.
Broadcasts and recordings
All concerts in the tour were filmed for what, Aguilera said, was her "Personal Collection"; however, a DVD titled Back to Basics: Live and Down Under came out on February 5, 2008 and debuted at #1 and stayed for 2 weeks. Much like the Stripped Live in the U.K., it accompanies a full length Show, from the Australian tour Shows in Adelaide as well as snippets from her Sydney shows and interviews with Aguilera, Jordan Bratman, her band and crew. The DVD contains 2 discs, the first disc being the concert and the second discs containing special features such as interviews and behind the scenes footage.
The DVD was originally set to be released on December 10, 2007 in the UK and the week after in the USA, but Aguilera had to postpone the release as she spoke openly about her pregnancy on the DVD interview and she had signed a magazine deal stating she wasn't to speak about her pregnancy at any time before the magazine release. There was also a Vinyl LP released in the UK. The Australian release date was Saturday February 16, 2008.
- Nizlopi (Europe) (select venues)
- Akala (Europe) (select venues)
- Jan Delay (Europe) (select venues)
- Kaye Styles (Netherlands and Belgium)
- Bob Sinclar (Europe) (select venues)
- The Pussycat Dolls (North America)
- Danity Kane (United States)
- Ivy (23 June - Seoul, South Korea)
- Lee Min-woo (24 June - Seoul, South Korea)
- Mikey Bustos (Asia) (select venues)
- Kris Lawrence (Philippines) (select venues)
- Philippine All Star Dancers (Philippines) (select venues)
- Low Rider (Australia)
- "Intro: Back to Basics" (Video Introduction)/"Ain't No Other Man"
- "Back in the Day"
- "Understand" (selected dates only)
- "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)"
- "Slow Down Baby"
- "Still Dirrty" (contains excerpts from "Can't Hold Us Down")
- "I Got Trouble" (Video Interlude)/"Makes Me Wanna Pray"
- "What a Girl Wants"
- "Oh Mother"
- "Enter the Circus" (Video/Dance Interlude)/"Welcome"
- "Dirrty" (contains elements of "Cell Block Tango" and "Entrance of the Gladiators")
- "Nasty Naughty Boy"
- "Lady Marmalade"
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|July 29, 2007||Melbourne, Australia||Rod Laver Arena||Cancelled|
|July 30, 2007||Melbourne, Australia||Rod Laver Arena||Cancelled|
|August 2, 2007||Auckland, New Zealand||Vector Arena||Cancelled|
|August 3, 2007||Auckland, New Zealand||Vector Arena||Cancelled|
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets sold / available||Gross revenue|
|Hallam FM Arena||Sheffield||10,898 / 11,300 (96%)||$926,365|
|Odyssey Arena||Belfast||8,045 / 8,500 (95%)||$723,691|
|The Point||Dublin||8,000 / 8,000 (100%)||$703,705|
|Manchester Evening News Arena||Manchester||13,835 / 14,000 (99%)||$1,186,584|
|Metro Radio Arena||Newcastle||8,343 / 10,000 (83%)||$718,917|
|National Indoor Arena||Birmingham||12,345 / 12,345 (100%)||$1,073,674|
|Wembley Arena||London||17,252 / 20,000 (86%)||$1,758,203|
|Sportpaleis||Antwerp||11,784 / 15,719 (75%)||$675,066|
|Brisbane Entertainment Centre||Brisbane||18,383 / 19,982 (92%)||$1,889,450|
|Acer Arena||Sydney||25,450 / 25,450 (100%)||$2,466,666|
|TOTAL||134,335 / 145,296 (92%)||$12,122,321|
- Tour Director: Jamie King
- Musical Director: Rob Lewis
- Choreographer: Jeri Slaughter
- Costume Design: Roberto Cavalli
- Tour Promoter: AEG Live
- Tour Sponsor (s): 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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