Giving You the Best World Tour

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Giving You the Best World Tour
Tour by Anita Baker
Associated album Giving You the Best That I Got
Start date September 10, 1988 (1988-09-10)
End date May 5, 1989 (1989-05-05)
Legs 3
Shows 21 in North America
2 in Europe
23 in total
Anita Baker concert chronology
The Rapture Tour
Giving You the Best World Tour
Compositions World Tour

The Giving You the Best Tour was a world concert tour in 1988 by American recording artist Anita Baker. Following the release of her multi-platinum selling album, Giving You the Best That I Got, Baker toured in support of the album’s release. The tour kicked-off on September 10, in Boston, MA with dates scheduled in North America, Europe, and additional dates added for a North American second leg outing. Selected dates included a co-headlining outing with R&B singer Luther Vandross, in October, November and December. Baker’s itinerary included four-consecutive dates in various cities in the USA, which included New York City,[1] Chicago,[2][3] and Los Angeles.[4]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Sweet Love"
  2. "Been So Long"
  3. "No One in the World"
  4. "Mystery"
  5. "Same Ole Love (365 Days of Year)"
  6. "Good Love"
  7. "I’m The One" (performed by Perri Sisters)
  8. "Lead Me Into Love"
  9. "Angel"1
  10. "Watch Your Step"
  11. "God Bless the Child"2
  12. "Priceless"
  13. "Another Part of Me"
  14. "No More Tears"2
  15. "Just Because"
  16. "Good Enough"2
  17. "You Bring Me Joy"
  18. "Caught Up in the Rapture"
  1. "Giving You the Best That I Got"

1 performed only on selected dates in North America.
2 only performed at selected dates in Europe and North America.

The Band[edit]

  • Musical Director/Guitar: Ray Fuller
  • Keyboards: Darnell Smith
  • Drums: Rayford Griffin
  • Bass: Sekou Bunch
  • Percussions: Bill Summers
  • Saxophone: Everette Harp
  • Keyboards: Dean Wyatt
  • Background vocals: Perri Sisters (Lori, Darlene, Carol, Sharon), Gina Taylor

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America—Leg 1[5][6][7]
September 10, 1988 Boston United States Boston Common
September 11, 1988
September 22, 1988 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque Theater
October 1, 1988 Philadelphia The Spectrum
October 2, 1988
October 4, 1988 New York City Madison Square Garden
October 5, 1988
October 6, 1988
October 9, 1988
October 21, 1988 London United Kingdom Wembley Arena
October 22, 1988
October 24, 1988
North America—Leg 2[9][10][11][12][13]
November 2, 1988 Detroit United States Joe Louis Arena
November 5, 1988 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
November 25, 1988 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
November 27, 1988 Oakland Oakland Coliseum Arena
November 28, 1988
December 1, 1988 Los Angeles Los Angeles Sports Arena
December 2, 1988
December 3, 1988
December 5, 1988
December 10, 1988 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
December 16, 1988 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
December 27, 1988 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
December 28, 1988
December 29, 1988
December 31, 1988

Additional notes

  • Not all Europe and North America dates in 1988 and 1989 are listed.
  • Baker shared a co-headlining tour with singer Luther Vandross, only on selected dates in October, November and December. Concert promotional dates was billed as, The Heat: Luther & Anita Tour.

Broadcast and recordings[edit]

  • Baker’s concert on October 21, 1988 in London at the Wembley Arena was broadcast live on BBC Radio London.


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