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Nothing But Love World Tour
Whnbtl.jpg
Promotional poster for Houston's 2010 tour
Tour by Whitney Houston
Associated album I Look to You
Start date December 9, 2009
End date June 17, 2010
Legs 4
Shows 7 in Asia
6 in Australia
37 in Europe
50 in Total
Box office $36.3 million
Whitney Houston concert chronology
Soul Divas Tour
(2004)
Nothing But Love World Tour
(2009-10)

The Nothing But Love World Tour[1] was the last concert tour by American pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston before her sudden death on February 11, 2012. It was her first tour in over a decade and supported her seventh studio album I Look to You. Prior to Houston performing two dates in Russia late-December of 2009, the official tour started on February 6, 2010 in Asia; also visiting Australia and Europe. The tour was the 34th highest-earning of 2010, grossing over $36 million worldwide.[2]

Background[edit]

The tour was announced on October 12, 2009 on Houston’s official website.[3] By way of introduction, she stated:[4]

This is my first full tour since the My Love Is Your Love tour and I am so excited to be performing for my fans around the world after all this time. I am putting together a great show and cannot wait to perform the songs from my new album 'I Look To You', along with some of your favorites.

The tour began with two rehearsal dates in Russia, under an unadvertised title.[5] At the end of the rehearsal, the tour's title was changed to "Nothing But Love World Tour" with an "official" commencement in February 2010. Houston explained the meaning behind her tour's title is how she overcame her tough times. "I chose this title because what I had under any circumstance was love […] I wouldn't have overcome tough time without my mom and my daughter. My daughter is especially like a friend who supported me and stayed with me at the studio when I was working on the album".[6]

Public criticism[edit]

On February 22, the opening night of the Australian leg of the tour suffered bad reviews from critics. Her performance in the Brisbane Entertainment Centre was poorly received, and some fans reportedly left.[7] Houston's vocal condition was described as hoarse. Another action which came under fire from fans was when she paused from singing her song "I Will Always Love You" for many moments while she took a drink of water.[8][9]

Houston's promoter commented that Houston smokes cigarettes and stated "It is what it is. She's comfortable with the show she's performing. She knows she's not hitting every note like she used to. But it's value for money; it's Whitney Houston warts and all."[10] Houston received a similar response during her concert at the Forum Copenhagen. Some spectators stated the performance was not up to par on what they had expected; others stated that the singer is a legend, has been on the music scene for 25 years at the time, and considering what she had been through, the performance was fine.[11] Having grossed over $36 million, the tour itself was a financial success, however the promoter, Andrew McManus, lost $2 million bringing her to Australia.[12]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Houston at The O2 Arena in London

Additional notes[edit]

  • During the concert at the Ice Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia; Houston performed "Step by Step" in lieu of "Exhale (Shoop Shoop.)"
  • During concerts in Korea and Japan, Houston performed "When You Believe".
  • During concerts in Australia, Houston performed "Hallelujah!" in lieu of "Missing You."
  • Houston did not perform "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" and "Step by Step" in Dublin, and select nights in England.
  • During the concert at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, Houston did not perform "I Didn't Know My Own Strength", "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and "If I Told You That." Additionally, she briefly performed "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Like I Never Left."
  • For the concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia, Houston performed "Who Would Imagine a King,"[19] and "I Have Nothing" with a fan.
  • For the concert at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, Houston performed "I Am Changing." Additionally, Houston included the video interlude for "One Moment in Time".
  • For the concert at The O2 in Dublin, Ireland, Houston was joined on stage by an audience member to perform "Greatest Love of All".
  • On select tour dates in Europe, Houston performed "Stormy Weather" as a tribute to legendary singer/actress Lena Horne.
  • At the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, Houston did not perform "It's Not Right but It's Okay." The song was also not performed at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy and Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • For the concerts at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy and Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Houston began the encore with "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me.)"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe [20][21]
December 9, 2009 Moscow Russia Olimpiyskiy
December 12, 2009 Saint Petersburg Ice Palace
Asia [20][21][22][23][24]
February 6, 2010 Seoul South Korea Olympic Gymnastics Arena
February 7, 2010
February 11, 2010 Saitama Japan Saitama Super Arena
February 13, 2010
February 14, 2010
February 17, 2010 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
February 18, 2010
Australia[20][21][25][26]
February 22, 2010 Boondall Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
February 24, 2010 Sydney Acer Arena
February 27, 2010 Pokolbin Hope Estate Winery Amphitheatre
March 1, 2010 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 4, 2010 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
March 6, 2010 Melbourne The Plenary
Europe[20][21][27]
April 13, 2010 Birmingham England LG Arena
April 14, 2010 Nottingham Trent FM Arena Nottingham
April 17, 2010 Dublin Ireland The O2
April 18, 2010
April 20, 2010
April 22, 2010 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
April 25, 2010 London The O2 Arena
April 26, 2010
April 28, 2010
May 1, 2010 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
May 3, 2010 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
May 4, 2010 Rome PalaLottomatica
May 9, 2010 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
May 10, 2010 Geneva SEG Geneva Arena
May 12, 2010 Berlin Germany O2 World
May 13, 2010 Leipzig Arena Leipzig
May 16, 2010 Hanover TUI Arena
May 17, 2010 Hamburg O2 World Hamburg
May 19, 2010 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
May 21, 2010 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
May 22, 2010 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
May 24, 2010 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
May 26, 2010 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
May 27, 2010 Nuremberg Nuremberg Arena
May 29, 2010 Mannheim SAP Arena
May 31, 2010 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
June 3, 2010 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
June 4, 2010
June 6, 2010 Stavanger Norway Sørmarka Arena
June 8, 2010 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
June 10, 2010 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
June 16, 2010 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
June 17, 2010
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
March 6, 2010 New Plymouth, New Zealand TSB Bowl of Brooklands Cancelled[28]
March 6, 2010 Perth, Australia ME Bank Stadium Cancelled[29]
March 7, 2010 Perth, Australia ME Bank Stadium Cancelled[29]
April 6, 2010 Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Initially postponed to June 1, 2010 but later cancelled[30]
April 8, 2010 Manchester, England Manchester Evening News Arena This performance was postponed to June 16, 2010[31]
April 9, 2010 Manchester, England Manchester Evening News Arena This performance was postponed to June 17, 2010[31]
April 11, 2010 Glasgow, Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre This performance was postponed to May 1, 2010[31]
April 30, 2010 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain El Recinto de la Autoridad Portuaria de Santa Cruz Cancelled[32][33]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Queensland 14,386 / 14,732 (95%) $2,083,980[34]
Acer Arena Sydney 11,157 / 11,634 (96%) $1,610,830[35]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 10,366 / 11,206 (92%) $1,375,490[36]
The O2 Dublin 25,574 / 25,574 (100%) $3,533,122
The O2 Arena London 40,937 / 43,773 (93%) $5,271,620[37]
O2 World Hamburg Hamburg 9,377 / 9,953 (94%) $527,352[37]
Sportpaleis Antwerp 11,629 / 12,399 (94%) $957,024[38]
Manchester Evening News Arena Manchester 11,831 / 12,265 (92%) $1,087,150[39]
TOTAL 103,683 / 108,962 (92%) $11,913,446

Critical reception[edit]

Houston performing in Milan

Despite upsets from spectators, the tour received mixed to negative reviews from critics for the Australian and European legs of the tour.

  • Kathy McCabe (The Daily Telegraph) was not impressed with Houston's performance at the Acer Arena. She states, "Her acoustic set of old favourites unfortunately could not hide the very obvious problems with her voice, the strain and those coughs that punctuated the Brisbane show were back. By the time she got to the gospel section of the show a steady stream of disappointed, saddened and angry fans started streaming out the doors."[40]
  • Cameron Adams (Herald Sun) gave Houston's performance at the Rod Laver Arena a positive review, despite media upset from her performance in Brisbane. He writes, "Houston is just a more human superstar in 2010, now with added flaws that give her character. She hits all the right notes in I Look to You, the new song about what she calls her 'down times'. Indeed every time she hits a huge note her devoted audience break into applause."[41]
  • Candice Keller (The Advertiser) states that Houston still has "it" after viewing her performance at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. She continues to write, "She knows how to engage a crowd and keep the fans eating from the palm of her hand. She'll tease with a knowing and tuneful hum, or tell a story about what brought her to today."[42]
  • Kim Dawson (Daily Star) found the performance at the LG Arena "forgettable" stating, Boos and jeers of: 'Where are you' filled the arena. When Whitney returned in a much wiser choice of black sparkly frock she said: 'I heard you got a little p***ed off while I changed my clothes and dried off. But I'm here now.'[43]
  • Morwenna Ferrier (The Observer) applauds Houston's concert at the Trent FM Arena Nottingham. She further writes, "She kicks off successfully with two ballads from her 2009 album, I Look to You, 'For the Lovers' and 'Nothin' But Love' (love really is a theme with Houston.) The crowd, now warmed up, begins rattling with joy as she struts around all finger-clicky, black and proud during 'It's Not Right'. The songs include moments of genuine bonkersness."[44]
  • John Meagher (The Independent) praised Houston's backing vocalist and her brother, Gary Houston for the performance at The O2 in Dublin. He continues to write, "She spends more time chatting to the audience than singing in the early stages, although her conversation rarely strays beyond the 'I love you, Dublin' type. At one point she fixates on a young girl in the front row, but what initially is charming tries the patience of the audience and eventually becomes tedious. Even the more tolerable songs -- 'My Love is Your Love', for instance -- are carried by the strength of her backing vocalists and the enthusiastic singing of the crowd. There are slivers of the super-talented young Whitney -- a high note here, a spine-tingling pause there on 'I Will Always Love You' -- but they arrive so infrequently it hardly matters. Instead, you are left with the memory of her botched attempts to wring some magic from 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' and 'How Will I Know?'"[45]
  • John Aizlewood (Evening Standard) gave her performance at The O2 Arena one out of five stars, stating "Where once she soared, now she wheezes and croaks, bludgeoning her perfect pop single I Wanna Dance (With Somebody Who Loves Me) into karaoke submission; stripping the moving My Love Is Your Love of all emotion and inflicting grisly carnage on I Will Always Love You (if she is late-period Judy Garland, this is her Over The Rainbow)."[46]
  • Fiona Shepherd (The Scotsman) gave the show at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre two out of four stars. She writes, "It was obvious from this performance that she has lost her vocal agility, her stamina, her poise and her wits – or so it seemed from her nervous laughter, repetitive thank yous and rambling personal tributes. Her band were practiced at covering for her while she took time out to pat away the sweat, re-apply her make-up, impart another nugget of eccentric insight and generally procrastinate."[47]

External links[edit]

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