Rainbow World Tour

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Rainbow World Tour
Rainbow World Tour Programme.jpg
Mariah Carey's Rainbow Tour book
Tour by Mariah Carey
Associated album Rainbow
Start date February 14, 2000
End date April 18, 2000
Legs 3
Shows 6 in Europe
4 in Asia
9 in North America
19 in total
Mariah Carey concert chronology
Butterfly World Tour
Rainbow World Tour
Charmbracelet World Tour

The Rainbow World Tour was a concert tour in 2000 by American recording artist Mariah Carey, and supports her ninth studio album Rainbow. The trek started in Europe on February 14, in Antwerp, Belgium, also an itinerary that included North America and ended on April 18, in Asia.


The Rainbow Tour marked Carey's first tour in the U.S. in seven years since her 1993 Music Box Tour garnered a flurry of bad initial reviews. In addition to visiting more European countries, Carey also visited Singapore for the first time. The tour grossed $17 million from the North American leg alone, according to Billboard.

Critical reaction was mixed at best, especially in the United States. Of the debut American performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Variety said: "Mariah Carey's show begs for either simplicity or coherency."[1] Of the United Center performance, and reflecting that this was the first time Mariah was scantily clad touring, The Chicago Sun-Times said that Carey had "been transformed from a wannabe Whitney to a wannabe Britney," and called her approach to concert performance "difficult to fathom" considering she was "the only artist to have scored a No. 1 hit in every year of the '90s, selling some 125 million records worldwide."[2]

The final three dates of the tour were pushed back (Boston from April 4 to April 13, for example) after Carey got food poisoning from eating raw oysters after her concert in Atlanta, Georgia.[3]

The show[edit]

During this tour, Carey debuted new songs from the Rainbow album such as: "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)", "Heartbreaker", "Thank God I Found You" and much more, including some of her biggest hits. Once again, longtime friend Trey Lorenz was featured as a backup singer.

Hip-hop artist Missy Elliott made a special appearance at the April 11, show in New York, during Carey's performance of "Heartbreaker".

Set list[edit]

  1. "Rainbow/Petals" (Video/Instrumental introduction)
  2. "Emotions"
  3. "My All"
  4. "Dreamlover"
  5. "X-Girlfriend"
  6. "Vulnerability" 1
  7. "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
  8. "Without You" 1
  9. "Make It Happen" 1
  10. "Thank God I Found You"
  11. "Fantasy"
  12. "Always Be My Baby"
  13. Band Interlude
  14. "Crybaby"
  15. "Close My Eyes"
  16. "Petals"
  17. "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)"
  18. "Heartbreaker"
  19. "Honey"
  20. "Vision of Love"
  21. "Rainbow (Interlude)"
  22. "Hero"
  23. "Butterfly" (Outro)
  24. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 1

1performed on select dates.

The Band[edit]

  • Vernon Black
  • Keyboards: Eric Daniels
  • Sam Simms
  • Gregory Gonaway
  • Marco Oliveria
  • Michael McKnight
  • Background & featured vocalist: Trey Lorenz
  • Background vocals: Melonie Daniels, MaryAnn Tatum, Tracy Harris

Tour dates[edit]

Tour itinerary for European and Asia
Date City Country Venue
February 14, 2000 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
February 17, 2000 Milan Italy Fila Forum
February 20, 2000 Cologne Germany Kölnarena
February 23, 2000 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
February 26, 2000 London United Kingdom Wembley Arena
February 29, 2000 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
March 4, 2000 Osaka Japan Osaka Dome
March 7, 2000 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
March 9, 2000
March 13, 2000 Singapore Singapore Singapore National Stadium
North America
March 16, 2000 Los Angeles United States Staples Center
March 18, 2000 Paradise Thomas & Mack Center
March 21, 2000 San Jose San Jose Arena
March 25, 2000 Chicago United Center
March 29, 2000 Miami American Airlines Arena
April 1, 2000 Atlanta Philips Arena
April 11, 2000 New York City Madison Square Garden
April 13, 2000 Boston Fleet Center
April 18, 2000 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre

The April 4, Boston show and April 7, Toronto show, both were rescheduled due to Carey illness of food poisoning and dehydration after her show in Atlanta.

Broadcasting and recordings[edit]

  • The Toronto concert was filmed and scheduled to air on U.S. television, but was soon canceled. During the show Carey announced to the audience that her show was being recorded for a future televised concert special.[citation needed]