The Adventures of Mimi
|The Adventures of Mimi|
|Tour by Mariah Carey|
|Associated album||The Emancipation of Mimi|
|Start date||July 22, 2006|
|End date||October 28, 2006|
|Shows||2 in Africa
32 in North America
6 in Asia
40 in total
|Mariah Carey tour chronology|
The Adventures of Mimi (subtitled The Voice, The Hits, The Tour) was a 2006 concert tour of arenas by American R&B singer-songwriter Mariah Carey. It was one of a few tours in her then-sixteen-year career and was named after a fan's "Carey-centric" diary of the same name. The bus tour started in late July and ended in October, with two stops in Africa, twenty-five stops in the United States, seven in Canada, and seven in Asia.
Unlike her previous tour, three years prior, Carey started this tour 16 months after the release of her latest album, the successful The Emancipation of Mimi. She had initially not wanted to tour, dreading the long travel times and not needing one to promote Mimi. But after requests from fans to appear in concert, she decided to do so to celebrate one of the best times in her career.
Similar to the past tour, Carey gave her fans the chance to submit their ideas for set lists and for the title of the tour. Her long-time musical partner and American Idol judge Randy Jackson joined her tour as the musical director, although he did not often appear at shows due to concurrent Idol auditions.
During the tour, Carey revamped her image as a performer, performing remixes of her songs, dancing along a bit with her dancers, having guests onstage, and going into the middle of each arena onto a checkerboard B-stage to perform "Fantasy," "Always Be My Baby" and "Don't Forget About Us." (The B stage had become an increasing popular way for large-venue performers to get closer to their audience ever since U2 introduced it on their 1992 Zoo TV Tour.) The main stage was a two-level affair, with the band situated on the lower level, backed by strands of glittering material, and a staircase between the two. Carey's "MC" logo was present in several places.
Once again, Carey invited her long-time friend and back-up singer Trey Lorenz to sing "I'll Be There" and "One Sweet Day" with her and perform several songs on his own during one of her costume changes. Except for an occasional guest appearance, raps on her songs were the pre-recorded originals, with the rapper shown on the video screens.
During breaks in the tour, Carey reportedly was continuing to write and develop concept ideas, and possibly record, for a new album. At her August 15 show in Montreal, Carey reportedly had a wardrobe malfunction. She was singing on the B-stage and suddenly, in her own words, "the twins" almost came out of her top.
Throughout the tour, there were some canceled dates due to poor ticket sales, including one such show that was canceled for Hong Kong. In regards to the Hong Kong incident, tour manager Benny Medina stated 8,000 tickets had been sold and blamed the cancellation on the promoter's failure to pay Carey the money that was due to her. "If there were only 10 people in this venue, and this particular promoter ... had fulfilled his contractual obligations, we would be there. Mariah Carey loves her fans in Southeast Asia," Medina said. "He has defaulted several times, right up into the last 48 hours. Literally we tried to hang in there with this guy." The promoter, however, stated the show had to be canceled as 4,000 tickets were actually sold, and "unreasonable demands" were being made by Carey.
Sean Paul or Busta Rhymes were the main opening acts for the show. Sean Paul did most of the first shows with a set that lasted approximately 40 minutes. Busta Rhymes opened most of the latter half of the shows with his sidekick Spliff Star. R&B singer Ne-Yo opened the show in San Diego, while rapper Chingy opened the show in Anaheim. The show at Mohegan Sun and Tokyo's Nippon Budokan had no opening act at all.
- "Rollercoaster" (Video Introduction)
- "It's Like That"
- "My All" (Cut at some of the Japan dates)
- "Shake It Off"
- "Breakdown" (Performed only at the 8/5 Miami date)
- "Vision of Love" (Replaced by "Stay the Night" on select dates)
- "Fly Like a Bird"
- "I'll Be There" (with Trey Lorenz)
- "Your Girl" (cut after the first few shows)
- "Don't Forget About Us"
- "Always Be My Baby"
- "I Wish You Knew"/"Can't Let Go" (snippet)
- "Thank God I Found You" (Make It Last Remix) (snippet with Trey Lorenz)
- "One Sweet Day" (snippet with Trey Lorenz)
- "Make It Happen" (Cut after 8/29 but performed at the Oct. 8 Anaheim date)"
- "We Belong Together"
- "Butterfly" (Outro)
- "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Performed only in Japan)"
Set list per official tour book and DVD Tracklisting.
- Additional Notes
- Carey never schedules shows in two consecutive nights, as she "actually [has] to have a full day and a half off between shows, whereas most touring artists do it every night," and she spends her down time preserving her voice by not talking and "sitting in a humidified room, sleeping."
- Carey performed a show at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on July 29, 2006 as part of the Pepsi Smash concert series. These tickets were not available to the public. Only winners selected through an online contest. The show featured the same stage setting but a shortened setlist with some different costumes.
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|September 3, 2006||Hershey, Pennsylvania||Giant Center||Cancelled due to low ticket sales|
|September 18, 2006||Denver, Colorado||Pepsi Center||Cancelled due to low ticket sales|
|September 25, 2006||Seattle, Washington||Key Arena||Cancelled due to low ticket sales|
|October 28, 2006||Hong Kong, Hong Kong||Tamar site||Cancelled due to conflicts with promoter|
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets sold / Available||Gross sales|
|Stade El Menzah||Tunis||42,525 / 42,525 (100%)||$5,626,738|
|American Airlines Arena||Miami||13,156 / 13,156 (100%)||$1,074,620|
|St. Pete Times Forum||Tampa||13,354 / 13,542 (99%)||$714,455|
|Philips Arena||Atlanta||11,226 / 13,288 (84%)||$660,595|
|Wachovia Center||Philadelphia||15,160 / 15,160 (100%)||$1,516,136|
|Air Canada Centre||Toronto||27,064 / 27,064 (100%)||$2,039,161|
|Bell Centre||Montreal||13,200 / 14,161 (93%)||$810,980|
|Trump Taj||Atlantic City||10,00 / 10,000 (100%)||$1,796,606|
|TD Garden||Boston||11,993 / 14,922 (80%)||$1,034,794|
|Madison Square Garden||New York City||13,930 / 13,930 (100%)||$1,300,400|
|Continental Airlines Arena||East Rutherford||12,697 / 13,525 (94%)||$1,076,790|
|Pepsi Arena||Albany||6,519 / 6,519 (100%)||$511,211|
|Nikon at Jones Beach Theater||Wantagh||11,725 / 13,855 (85%)||$654,534|
|Verizon Center||Washington, D.C.||12,121 / 14,199 (85%)||$839,643|
|The Palace of Auburn Hills||Auburn Hills||12,804 / 12,804 (100%)||$894,399|
|United Center||Chicago||12,958 / 13,930 (93%)||$919,268|
|Toyota Center||Houston||11,252 / 11,830 (95%)||$828,293|
|American Airlines Center||Dallas||10,521 / 11,494 (91%)||$806,096|
|MTS Centre||Winnipeg||8,915 / 9,557 (93%)||$611,223|
|Rexall Place||Edmonton||12,013 / 12,578 (95%)||$880,306|
|General Motors Place||Vancouver||14,189 / 14,652 (97%)||$1,223,100|
|Pengrowth Saddledome||Calgary||11,984 / 11,984 (100%)||$815,242|
|ARCO Center||Sacramento||12,353 / 12,510 (99%)||$938,106|
|MGM Grand Garden Arena||Paradise||13,730 / 13,730 (100%)||$1,844,530|
|Oakland Arena||Oakland||12,510 / 13,585 (92%)||$960,369|
|San Diego Sports Arena||San Diego||9,480 / 10,000 (95%)||$765,431|
|Staples Center||Los Angeles||12,844 / 13,882 (92%)||$1,230,397|
|Honda Center||Anaheim||11,475 / 12,024 (95%)||$918,283|
|US Airways Arena||Phoenix||12,049 / 13,136 (92%)||$880,739|
|Nippon Budokan||Tokyo||13,509 / 13,509 (100%)||$1,853,702|
|Nagoya Rainbow Hall||Nagoya||9,853 / 9,853 (100%)||$1,425,184|
|Saitama Super Arena||Tokyo||70,454 / 70,454 (100%)||$11,345,193|
|Osaka-jō Hall||Osaka||13,105 / 13,105 (100%)||$1,965,010|
|TOTAL||500,668 / 507,327 (98%)||$75,134,796|
- A planned second Madison Square Garden date was also scrapped. At least thirteen shows on the North American tour sold out, while dates were added in Canada. Canada offered her fast ticket sales and a favorable financial conditions.
Reviews of the tour were generally positive. Most critics celebrated Carey's transformation from a pop star to a full-fledged hip hop artist. They also praised her vocal performances saying that was the main attraction of the spectacle.
Some critics commented on the short length of the show, especially given that she was offstage for several breaks while undergoing costume changes, while others felt Carey was trying too hard to make the public like her, especially in terms of the "rollercoaster" metaphor she used to begin the show.
According to Carey's musical director Randy Jackson, the show at Honda Center in Anaheim on October 8, 2006 was intended as the basis for a concert filming and subsequent DVD release. Indeed, Carey held a pre-concert taping there, in order to include fans, regulate the lighting, and review other technical aspects in preparation for the night's actual concert recording.
The resulting DVD, called The Adventures of Mimi, was released over a year later, beginning in Europe on November 19, 2007, with releases in other regions of the world coming over the following two weeks.
- Manager: Mariah Carey & Benny Medina
- Co-Manager: Mark Sudack
- Tour Executive: Michael Richardson
- Handprint Entertainment: Melissa Ruderman
- Maroon Entertainment: Gina Rainville
- Tour Manager: Michael Richardson
- Show Director: Barry Lather
- Musical Director: Randy Jackson
- Choreography: Rachel McIntosh
- Choreographers: Rachel McIntosh, Eddie Morales, Anthony Talauega, Richmond Talauega, AJ Jones
- Lighting/Set Design: Justin Collie/Art Fag
- Sound Design: Mike McKnight
- Sound Engineer: Howard Page
- Video Director: Chris Keating
- Backline Tech: Shawn Atkins Drums & Bass Guitar/Key Bass
- Vignettes: Directed By Spike Lee
- Frefall Intro: Bill Boatman & Michael Shores
- Security: Darrel Clark
- Security: Rob Payne
- Make-Up Design: Paul Starr
- Hair: Lew Ablahani
- Costume Designer: June Ambrose
- Dressmaker: Nile Cmylo
- Personal Assistant/ LAC LMT: Lisa Ripi
- Personal Trainer: Patricia Gay
- Keyboards: Eric Daniels
- Keyboards: Lamonte Neuble
- Drums: Jerohn Garnett
- Bass/Keyboards: James Butler
- Guitar: Jon Clark
- Percussion: Ollie E. Brown
- Background, duet, and featured vocals: Trey Lorenz
- Background vocals: MaryAnn Tatum
- Background vocals: Sherry Tatum
- Rachel McIntosh
- Eddie Morales
- Earl Wright
- Joshuah Michael
- Michelle Brooke
- Bryan Tanaka
- Russel Wright
- Rafael Mello Alvim
- Myles Anthony Urquhart
Special guest appearances
- Da Brat – Atlanta, New York City, Wantagh, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles
- Jermaine Dupri – Atlanta, Paradise
- Sean Combs – New York City
- Jadakiss – New York City
- Styles P – New York City
- Jay-Z – New York City
- Choir and pastor from True Worship Church in East New York – New York City, East Rutherford, Wantagh
- Mario – East Rutherford
- Jack (Carey's Jack Russell Terrier) – Wantagh
- Mike Jones – Houston
- Boyz II Men – Anaheim
- Chris Brown – Los Angeles
- MSN Mariah Carey takes on Madonna with new tour
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- Billboard.com Mariah Looking To Tour For Musical Inspiration
- The Detroit News Mariah was on fire in her 1st Metro show
- The Connecticut Post Mariah Carey concert disappointing
- Mass Live Mariah Carey performance brief
- Palm Beach Post Mariah Carey concert review
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