My Love Is Your Love World Tour

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My Love Is Your Love World Tour
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Tour by Whitney Houston
Associated album My Love Is Your Love
Start date June 22, 1999
End date November 8, 1999
Legs 2
Shows 44 in Europe
18 in North America
62 in total
Whitney Houston concert chronology
The European Tour
(1998)
My Love Is Your Love World Tour
(1999)
Soul Divas Tour
(2004)

My Love Is Your Love World Tour was a worldwide arena and theater concert tour in 1999 by American pop/R&B artist Whitney Houston. The tour was in support of her 1998 multi-platinum hit album, My Love Is Your Love, and was her final tour in North America. The European leg was the highest-grossing concert tour for that year.[1][2]

History[edit]

After the success of Houston's first studio album in eight years, the singer embarked on her first world tour since 1994 to promote it. For the North American leg, Houston turned down most of the arena dates in favor of theaters because she wanted "to do something where people can feel [her] and [she] can feel them."[3] This allowed the shows to have a jam-session kind of feel. Since theaters have lower capacities than arenas, Houston played in most North American cities for two nights each.

Houston signed a deal with Dolce & Gabbana. They would design all of Houston's clothes for the tour. This gave Houston a more hip and contemporary look in to match her music in contrast to her previous tours. Houston first showcased her new edgy wardrobe on The Oprah Winfrey Show prior to the tour opener in Chicago.

In July Houston made a surprise appearance at the 13th Annual New York City Lesbian and Gay Pride Dance. At the event, the singer did a rare performance of the popular remixes to "It's Not Right But It's OK" and "Heartbreak Hotel".[4]

Controversy arose during the North American leg of the tour. There were reports of strange and erratic behavior behind the scenes. Houston cancelled some of the dates, including two shows in her hometown of Newark. The singer pulled out of her San Francisco show at the Concord Pavilion 15 minutes before the start; the city demanded $100,000 in compensation after public outcry. Houston blamed all the cancellations on an ongoing throat ailment. Still, these actions would further spark drug use rumour in the tabloids.[5]

The tour was successful. The concerts featured Houston's highest ticket prices. With many shows, Houston commanded up to $150 for a ticket, making her just one of a few artists to break the $100 barrier.[6] Houston, along with rapper Jay-Z, were the only urban acts that were able to translate successful album sales into successful tours.[7]

The tour was an even bigger success in Europe however. It was the highest grossing arena concert tour of the year in the continent while playing to almost half a million people. Every date was sold out in advanced. As a result, the tour had to be extended to November due to high demand.[2]

Opening acts[edit]

  • 112 (USA—Leg)

Set list[edit]

Additional notes[edit]

  • For the opening night on June 22 in Chicago, after singing "I Will Always Love You" she performed two encores', "My Love Is Your Love" and "Step by Step". The remaining tour dates throughout North America and Europe, the encore song was "Its Not Right But It's Okay."
  • During the concert in New York on July 14, singers Luther Vandross and Brandy joined in to sing briefly a few bars of "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" with Houston.
  • For the concert at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Houston performed a snippet of Mary J. Blige's hit, "Real Love."
  • On July 29 in Los Angeles during her performance of "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)", R&B singer Monica was asked by Houston to sing with her on the song. The second show on July 30, she performed "Abraham, Martin and John" as a tribute to John F. Kennedy, Jr. who died on July 16 from a plane crash. Houston also performed the song at her July 26 concert in Denver, CO.
  • During the concert in Zurich, Switzerland on September 1, Houston performed the gospel hymn, "Amazing Grace" before singing "I Love the Lord."
  • At the concert on October 18, in Frankfurt, Germany; "I Believe In You and Me" and "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" was replaced, as she performed Aretha Franklin's, "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman"/"It Hurts Like Hell" followed by "I Will Always Love You."
  • For the concerts in Vienna, Austria; on October 22 she sang the hymn, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" and October 23 (second show) Houston performed "The Lord is my shepherd."
  • On September 18 during the concert at Wembley Arena in London, Houston sang "You'll Never Stand Alone" at the request of a fan whose mother was deceased and a duet with gospel artist, BeBe Winans.
  • At the concert in Rotterdam, Netherlands on October 12, at Ahoy Arena, Houston sang an a cappella version of "All at Once" before singing "I Believe in You and Me."
  • The concert on October 27, in Leipzig, Germany featured Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" performance with Bobby Brown and a duet ballad with Brown.
  • During the concert at König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany on October 30, Houston performed two of Dionne Warwick's classic songs.
  • During the concert on November 2, in Antwerp, Belgium, Houston performed "Greatest Love of All" at the request of a fan.
  • On November 8, the final concert of the tour in London, Whitney sang "Home" from The Wiz.
  • During the European Leg, DoRo Productions a film company based in Vienna, Austria filmed and produced a documentary of the tour titled, "Whitney - Close Up."[8] The documentary showcased behind-the-scenes footage, rehearsals and live performances throughout Europe.[9][10] Close Up was originally set to be aired as a TV special in the spring of 2000 following the release of Whitney: The Greatest Hits, but was cancelled and never commercially released.

The Band[edit]

  • Musical director: Michael Baker
  • Drums: Michael Baker
  • Bass guitar: Alex Evans
  • Keyboards: Jetro Da Silva
  • Percussion: Taku Hirano
  • Guitar: John "Jubu" Smith
  • Piano: Myron McKinley
  • Background vocalists: Gary Houston, Valerie Pinkston, Sharlotte Gibson, Cindy Mizelle
  • Dancers: Carolyn Brown, Kyndra "Binkie" Reevey, Merlyn Mitchell, Joyce Vanhook

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
June 22, 1999 Chicago, Illinois United States Arie Crown Theater
June 23, 1999
June 25, 1999 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre[11]
June 26, 1999
June 29, 1999 Toronto, Ontario Canada Molson Amphitheater
June 30, 1999 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio United States Blossom Music Festival
July 2, 1999 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 3, 1999 Newark, New Jersey NJ Performing Arts Center (Canceled)[12]
July 5, 1999 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
July 8, 1999 Boston, Massachusetts Wang Center for the Performing Arts[11]
July 9, 1999
July 11, 1999 Wallingford, Connecticut Oakdale Theatre
July 14, 1999 New York City, New York The Theater at Madison Square Garden[13]
July 15, 1999
July 17, 1999 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mann Center for the Performing Arts
July 18, 1999 University Park Bryce Jordan Center
July 20, 1999 Atlanta, Georgia Fox Theatre
July 21, 1999
July 23, 1999 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum (Canceled)[12]
July 24, 1999 St. Louis, Missouri Fox Theatre (Canceled)[12]
July 26, 1999 Englewood, Colorado Coors Amphitheatre
July 29, 1999 Los Angeles, California Universal Amphitheatre[14]
July 30, 1999
August 1, 1999 Concord, California Concord Pavilion (Canceled)[12]
Europe
August 22, 1999 Sopot Poland Sopot's Opera Leśna
August 25, 1999 Vechta Germany Stoppelmarket
August 27, 1999 Coburg Schlossplatz
August 28, 1999 Mannheim Ehrenhof
August 30, 1999 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
September 1, 1999 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
September 2, 1999 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
September 4, 1999 Hamburg Derby Park
September 5, 1999 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
September 7, 1999 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
September 9, 1999 Sheffield United Kingdom Sheffield Arena
September 11, 1999 Birmingham NEC Arena
September 12, 1999
September 15, 1999 London Wembley Arena
September 16, 1999
September 18, 1999
September 21, 1999 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
September 22, 1999 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
September 24, 1999 Cologne Kölnarena
September 25, 1999 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
September 27, 1999 Milan Italy Filaforum
September 28, 1999 Cologne Germany Kölnarena
September 29, 1999 Prague Czech Republic Sports Hall
October 1, 1999 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
October 2, 1999 Stockholm Globen
October 4, 1999 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
October 5, 1999
October 6, 1999 Moscow Russia Kremlin Palace
October 7, 1999
October 10, 1999 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
October 12, 1999 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
October 13, 1999
October 15, 1999 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
October 18, 1999 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
October 20, 1999 Milan Italy Filaforum
October 22, 1999 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
October 23, 1999
October 27, 1999 Leipzig Germany Messehalle
October 28, 1999 Munich Olympiahalle
October 30, 1999 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
October 31, 1999
November 2, 1999 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
November 3, 1999 Kiel Germany Ostseehalle
November 5, 1999 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
November 7, 1999 Birmingham United Kingdom NEC Arena
November 8, 1999 London Wembley Arena

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitney Houston's 1999 Tour is Europe's Highest-Grossing Tour of the Year. Entertainment: AllBusiness News
  2. ^ a b Whitney Houston World Tour '99 Becomes Europe's Highest Grossing Arena ever. Business Wire. October 19, 1999.
  3. ^ 1999: Nippy News Release Articles
  4. ^ Whitney Houston Surprises Crowd At Gay-Lesbian Pride Event MTV News. June 28, 1999
  5. ^ Entertainment: News in Brief. BBC News. August 26, 1999.
  6. ^ Farber, Jim. "Summer concert tours, paved with profits and with potholes". Buffalo News. August 23, 1999. Page A7
  7. ^ Jones, Steve. "Springsteen's born to tour; rap's reeling". USA Today. July 15, 1999. Page 01.D
  8. ^ Doro Films Live Concert documentaries - Whitney: Close Up
  9. ^ Doro Films music documentaries-Whitney-Close Up.www.dorofilms.com
  10. ^ Whitney - Close Up documentary movie.www.facebook.com-whitneyhouston-media
  11. ^ a b Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses (p16). Billboard. July 24, 1999. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  12. ^ a b c d LiveDaily August 26, 1999
  13. ^ Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses (p16). Billboard. July 31, 1999. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  14. ^ Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses (p13). Billboard. August 14, 1999. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 

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