Christina Aguilera in Concert

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Christina Aguilera in Concert
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Tour by Christina Aguilera
Associated album Christina Aguilera
Mi Reflejo
Start date May 19, 2000 (2000-05-19)
End date February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01)
Legs 4
Shows 74 in North America
1 in Europe
5 in South America
3 in Asia
81 total
Christina Aguilera concert chronology
Christina Aguilera in Concert
(2000–01)
Justified & Stripped Tour
(2003)

Christina Aguilera in Concert was the debut concert tour by American recording artist Christina Aguilera. It supported her first two studio albums, Christina Aguilera (1999) and Mi Reflejo (2000). Beginning in May 2000 with appearances at radio festivals in the United States, the tour continued into Canada. Here, Aguilera headlined Pysko Blast, a pop music tour created by Canadian network, YTV. The singer returned to the US performing at state and county fairs before headlining shows in amphitheatres and arenas. The tour continued into 2001, visiting Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela and Japan. Sponsors of the tour included Sears,[1] Levi's, J-Wave and Pioneer.

Background[edit]

On April 27, 2000, it was announced that Christina Aguilera would start her first headlining concert tour in order to support her two first studio albums, Christina Aguilera (1999) and Mi Reflejo (2000).[2][3] According to MTV News, her tour was being co-sponsored by Sears and Levi's and would hit 35 cities.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Emily Flynn from Traverse City Record-Eagle wrote that Aguilera gave an amazing show at the National Cherry Festival. She continues, "As the sun dipped its way behind the horizon, sparkling eyes filled with amazement lit up the night sky. Whether a genie or not, Aguilera was out of the bottle Wednesday night, granting everyone’s wish for an unforgettable concert".[4] Errol Nazareth from Toronto Sun, gave the singer's show at the Air Canada Centre four out of five stars. He writes, And it's during ballads like 'I Turn To You' and 'Reflection' that her voice really shone. It's big, soulful and boasts an impressive range. But, while Aguilera says she'd rather let her music speak for itself, you can't help but draw parallels to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey".[5]

Pat St. Germain from Winnipeg Sun thought Aguilera's voice was the star of the show. He goes on to write, "The diminutive 19-year-old singer with the big R&B voice kept the energy at maximum level as she rolled right into 'Somebody's Somebody', prowling the stage with six backup dancers and bringing most of the crowd to its feet".[6] For the concert at Edmonton's Skyreach Centre. Mike Ross from Edmonton Sun said that the singer proved to be on a higher level than Spears. He says, "Aguilera proved to be no ordinary pop tart. In both material and vocals, she's superior to her best friend/rival Britney Spears, even if she doesn't draw the same numbers. Isn't that the way it always is"?[7]

Aguilera performing "Christmas Time".

The concert at the Missouri State Fair was applauded by Kevin C. Johnson from St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He comments, "Her big moment to break out came with her pull-out-all-stops cover of Etta James' "At Last"—a song she's been working to death the last several months in her attempt to prove her capabilities".[8] The praise continued for the show at the Douglas County Fair. Kim Roberts from Omaha World-Herald states, "Her incredible range and powerful voice is surprising from one so petite, and her moves, as well as those of her dancers, captivated the audience".[8]

Brad Cawn from Chicago Tribune writes the singer's show at the famed United Center was not what he was expecting. He continues, "Her long tresses came straight out of Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour; her song-ending vocal riffing right from Mariah Carey's sky-high multi-octave schtick; and the starkly modern stage was more 'N Sync than Nickelodeon. Playing to both sides of her image, she left her belly button exposed, and flirted conservatively—if there is such a thing—with the vague sexuality of the music penned for her".[8] Ed Masley from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette states Aguilera charmed her hometown crowd at the Post-Gazette Pavilion, giving the audience a "live" show. He goes on to say "As she proved repeatedly last night, she has the voice to be a major force in R&B for years to come. But this could be her only chance to be the second biggest female artist of her generation with the lunchbox set".[9]

Roger Moore from The Orlando Sentinel comments that Aguilera proved to be "real" for her concert at the TD Waterhouse Centre—in comparison to Spears (who performed at the same venue two weeks before Aguilera). He says, "Of course, it's like comparing Gouda with Cheez Whiz. Britney was all over-choreographed, pre-packaged, and tape-recorded. Christina, on the other hand, is the real deal. Real stage banter. Real stage presence. Heck, real singing. What a relief to hear a bubble-gummer with real pipes tear into her tunes, letting six back-up dancers do the heavy lifting and leaving the tape recording to NBC's Olympics coverage".[10]

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

Main article: Genie Gets Her Wish

While headlining Pysko Blast in Canada, the final concert in Vancouver premiered on August 2, 2000. Called, "Christina: Live from Vancouver", the concert special aired on CTV and YTV.[11] Selections from the concert were available on online on "Click2Music". In London, her performance at Party in the Park aired on T4 lived. In 2001, her concert at the NHK Hall in Tokyo aired on MTV Japan on February 9, 2001. The concert was streamed live on the day of the concert via Aguilera's "Click2Music" website.

Opening acts[edit]

Setlist[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[24]
May 19, 2000[A] Holland United States Holland Municipal Stadium
May 20, 2000 Council Bluffs Westfair Amphitheater
May 28, 2000[B] Charlotte American Legion Memorial Stadium
June 2, 2000[C] Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 3, 2000[D] Mansfield Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
June 4, 2000[E] Camden Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre
July 1, 2000[F] Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
July 2, 2000[G] Sioux Falls W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds
July 4, 2000 Merrillville Star Plaza Theatre
July 5, 2000[H] Traverse City Traverse Bay Casino Resort Music Stage
July 7, 2000[I] Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
Europe
July 9, 2000[J] London England Hyde Park
North America[24]
July 10, 2000[I] Ottawa Canada Corel Centre
July 13, 2000[I] Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
July 14, 2000[I] Saskatoon Saskatchewan Place
July 16, 2000[I] Edmonton Skyreach Centre
July 17, 2000[I] Calgary Canadian Airlines Saddledome
July 19, 2000[I] Vancouver General Motors Place
July 26, 2000[K] Paso Robles United States Main Grandstand Stage
July 28, 2000[L] Billings MetraPark Arena
July 29, 2000[M] Minot All Seasons Arena
July 31, 2000 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
August 1, 2000 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
August 3, 2000[N] Kearney Buffalo County Fairgrounds
August 4, 2000[O] Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum
August 7, 2000 Nashville AmSouth Amphitheatre
August 10, 2000[P] Des Moines Iowa State Fair Grandstand
August 11, 2000[Q] Springfield Illinois State Fair Grandstand
August 13, 2000[R] Sedalia Missouri State Fairgrounds
August 14, 2000[S] Columbus Celeste Center
August 15, 2000[T] Midland Midland County Fairgrounds
August 18, 2000[U] Louisville Freedom Hall
August 19, 2000 Chicago United Center
August 21, 2000 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
August 23, 2000 Cleveland Gund Arena
August 24, 2000 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 26, 2000 Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 28, 2000[V] Falcon Heights Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
August 30, 2000 Darien Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 31, 2000[W] Essex Junction Coca-Cola Grandstand
September 1, 2000 Hartford Meadows Music Theatre
September 6, 2000 Holmdel Township PNC Bank Arts Center
September 8, 2000 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
September 9, 2000 Mansfield Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
September 15, 2000 Camden Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre
September 16, 2000 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 18, 2000 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
September 19, 2000 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center
September 20, 2000 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
September 22, 2000 Orlando TD Waterhouse Centre
September 23, 2000 Tampa Ice Palace
September 25, 2000 West Palm Beach Mars Music Amphitheater
September 27, 2000 New Orleans UNO Lakefront Arena
September 28, 2000 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 30, 2000[X] Dallas Fair Park Bandshell
October 3, 2000 Salt Lake City Delta Center
October 4, 2000[Y] Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
October 5, 2000 Denver Magness Arena
October 8, 2000 Phoenix America West Arena
October 10, 2000 Chula Vista Coors Amphitheatre
October 11, 2000 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre
October 12, 2000
October 14, 2000 Wheatland Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre
October 15, 2000 Concord Chronicle Pavilion
October 18, 2000 Portland Rose Garden
October 19, 2000 Seattle KeyArena
October 21, 2000 Honolulu Stan Sheriff Center
December 9, 2000[Z] Baltimore Baltimore Arena
December 10, 2000[AA] Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 11, 2000[AB] Providence Providence Civic Center
December 13, 2000[AC] Rochester Blue Cross Arena
December 16, 2000[AD] Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium
December 17, 2000[AE] Columbus Nationwide Arena
December 19, 2000[AF] New York City Madison Square Garden
Latin America[25][26]
January 14, 2001 San Juan Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum
January 16, 2001 Mexico City Mexico Auditorio Nacional
January 17, 2001
January 20, 2001[AG] Caracas Venezuela Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
January 22, 2001 Panama City Panama Estadio Nacional de Panamá
Asia[27]
January 30, 2001 Osaka Japan Kosei-Nenkin Hall
January 31, 2001 Tokyo NHK Hall
February 1, 2001 Shibuya Public Hall
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
Cancellations and rescheduled shows

Personnel[edit]

  • Music Director: Alex Alessandronl
  • Drums: Brian Frasier-Moore
  • Keyboards: Ezequiel "Cheche" Alara and Alex Alessandronl
  • Guitar: Rafael Moreira
  • Bass: Reggie Hamilton
  • DJ: Adam 12
  • Backing Vocalists: Diane Gordon and Yvinn Patrick
  • Dancers: Nancy Anderson, Tiffani Manabat, Buddy Mynatt, Angel Ramos, Jorge Santos and Rob Vinson

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