Pacific Rim Tour

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Pacific Rim Tour
Tour by Whitney Houston
Associated album The Preacher's Wife
Start date May 5, 1997
End date May 29, 1997
Legs 4
Shows 5 in Japan
1 in Thailand
1 in Australia (1 cancelled)
1 in Taiwan
1 in United States
total 9
Whitney Houston concert chronology
The Bodyguard World Tour
Pacific Rim Tour
The European Tour

The Pacific Rim Tour was a concert tour of arenas and stadiums by American Pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston that included 10 concert dates in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and United States in 1997. The tour was in support of her 1996 multi-platinum album, The Preacher's Wife.

Opening act[edit]

Set list[edit]

  1. "I'm Every Woman"
  2. "So Emotional"
  3. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  4. Love Medley:
  5. "Queen of the Night"
  6. "Change the World" (performed by Gary Houston)
  7. "My Name Is Not Susan"
  8. "All the Man That I Need"
  9. "A Song for You" (performed by Bobby Brown)
  10. "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
  11. "Freeway of Love"2
  12. "Count on Me" (duet with CeCe Winans) 1
  13. "In Return" (performed by CeCe Winans)1
  14. "I Love the Lord"
  15. "I Go to the Rock"
  16. "My Prerogative" (performed by Bobby Brown), (contains elements of "Superstition" with Whitney)2
  17. "I Will Always Love You"


  1. "Step by Step"
  2. "Something in Common" (duet with Bobby Brown)2

1 performed only in Tokyo
2 only performed in Hawaii, Taipei and select dates in Japan

Additional notes[edit]

  • May 20, Bangkok: according to audience members, "when speaking and singing the high notes, she sounded like she had a cold. But she still kept on singing. Very professionally, she said 'tonight my voice is deep.' There was a member of the royal family in the audience (princess) and Whitney showed her great respect."[1]
  • May 22, Melbourne: That night, fans arrived at the Palladium Crown Entertainment Complex for Whitney's second concert only to be told she had cancelled. Guests were told that Whitney had a "severe throat infection" and was "advised by her throat specialist not to perform."[1]
  • May 29, Hawaii: Bobby Brown opened up the last show singing his old tunes. Whitney was in disguise singing background vocals for Bobby. According to audience members, "When she came out and the crowd went wild. She sang very well even though she had a cold. She closed the show with 'Step by Step.'"[1]

The band[edit]

  • Musical director: Rickey Minor
  • Bass guitar, bass synthesizer: Rickey Minor
  • Keyboards: Bette Sussman
  • Keyboards: Wayne Linsey
  • Drums: Michael Baker
  • Percussion: Bashiri Johnson
  • Guitars: Paul Jackson Jr.
  • Saxophone, EWI: Gary Bias
  • Trumpet: Raymond Brown
  • Trombone: Reginald Young
  • Backing vocals: Pattie Howard, Sharlotte Gibson, Valerie Pinkston-Mayo
  • Dancers: Carolyn Brown, Merlyn Mitchell, Shane Johnson, Saleema Mubaarak

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
May 5, 1997 Osaka Japan Osaka-jō Hall
May 7, 1997
May 8, 1997
May 13, 1997 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
May 14, 1997
May 20, 1997 Bangkok Thailand Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
May 21, 1997 Melbourne Australia The Palladium Crown Entertainment Complex
May 22, 1997 The Palladium Crown Entertainment Complex
(cancelled due to severe throat infection)
May 25, 1997 Taipei Taiwan Taipei Municipal Stadium
North America
May 29, 1997 Honolulu United States Aloha Stadium[2]

Classic Whitney Live![edit]

Houston performed two special concerts, billed as "Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C." at the historic DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. in October. Houston performed a few of her greatest hits, as well as gospel favorites and songs saluting some of her influences including Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. The second concert on October 5 was broadcast live on HBO cable channel TV. Whitney and The Whitney Houston Foundation for Children donated the proceeds, over $300,000 from ticket sales to the Children's Defense Fund, a national non-profit organization devoted to providing a voice for all children of America, particularly poor, minority and disabled children.[3]

Set list[edit]

  1. "I Will Always Love You"
  2. "I Know Him So Well" (duet with Cissy Houston)
  3. Dionne Warwick Medley:
  4. Aretha Franklin Medley:
  5. Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.:
  6. Tribute to United States great men:
  7. Diana Ross Medley:
  8. Tribute to George Gershwin: 1
  9. "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" (BeBe Winans, Monica and Shirley Caesar joined in ad-lib of song's finale) 2
  10. "I Love The Lord" 1
  11. "I Go to the Rock"
  12. "Greatest Love Of All"


  1. "Amazing Grace" (saxophone solo by Kirk Whalum)
  2. "Step By Step"
  3. "I'm Every Woman"

1 was not performed at the October 3, concert
2 "Exhale" featured Monica, Shirley Caesar and BeBe Winans at the October 5, show.


Date City Country Venue
October 3, 1997 Washington, DC United States DAR Constitution Hall
October 5, 1997


  1. ^ a b c d "The Pacific Rim Tour info.". Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ Boxscore; Top 10 Concert Grosses (p12). Billboard. 1997-07-05. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Classic Whitney Concert". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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