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The Adventures of Mimi
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Tour by Mariah Carey
Associated album The Emancipation of Mimi
Start date July 22, 2006
End date October 28, 2006
Legs 3
Shows
  • 2 in Africa
  • 32 in North America
  • 6 in Asia
  • 40 Total
Box office $42 million
Mariah Carey concert chronology
Charmbracelet World Tour
(2003–04)
The Adventures of Mimi
(2006)
Angels Advocate Tour
(2009–10)

The Adventures of Mimi 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.[1] 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.

Background[edit]

Mariah Carey performing in Tampa, Florida on August 7, 2006.

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.[2]

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.

Mariah Carey performing with the first costume.

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.[3] 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.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

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.[5][6]

Some critics commented on the short length of the show, especially given that she was offstage for several breaks while undergoing costume changes,[7][8] 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.[9]

Recordings[edit]

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.

Set list[edit]

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  1. "Rollercoaster" (Video Introduction)
  2. "It's Like That"
  3. "Heartbreaker"
  4. "Dreamlover"
  5. "My All"
  6. "Shake It Off"
  7. "Vision of Love"
  8. "Fly Like a Bird"
  9. "I'll Be There"
  10. "Fantasy"
  11. "Don't Forget About Us"
  12. "Always Be My Baby"
  13. "Honey"
  14. "I Wish You Knew"/"Can't Let Go"
  15. "Hero"
  16. "Make It Happen"
  17. "We Belong Together"
  18. "Butterfly" (Outro)

Set list per official DVD Tracklisting.[10]

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 — Africa[11]
July 22, 2006 Tunis Tunisia Stade El Menzah 42,525 / 42,525 $5,626,738
July 24, 2006
Leg 2 — North America[12]
August 5, 2006 Miami United States American Airlines Arena 13,156 / 13,156 $1,074,620
August 7, 2006 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum 13,354 / 13,542 $714,455
August 9, 2006 Atlanta Philips Arena 11,226 / 13,288 $660,595
August 11, 2006 Philadelphia Wachovia Center 15,160 / 15,160 $1,516,136
August 13, 2006 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre 27,064 / 27,064 $2,039,161
August 15, 2006 Montreal Bell Centre 13,200 / 14,161 $1,046,560
August 17, 2006 Atlantic City United States Trump Taj N/A N/A
August 19, 2006
August 21, 2006 Boston TD Garden 11,993 / 14,922 $1,034,794
August 23, 2006 New York City Madison Square Garden 13,930 / 13,930 $1,300,140
August 25, 2006 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena N/A N/A
August 27, 2006 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena 12,697 / 13,525 $1,076,790
August 29, 2006 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre [a] [a]
September 1, 2006 Albany United States Pepsi Arena 6,519 / 6,519 $449,248
September 3, 2006 Wantagh Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 11,725 / 13,855 $654,534
September 5, 2006 Verona Turning Stone Resort & Casino N/A N/A
September 7, 2006 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 12,121 / 14,199 $839,643
September 9, 2006 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 12,804 / 12,804 $894,399
September 11, 2006 Chicago United Center 12,958 / 13,930 $919,268
September 14, 2006 Houston Toyota Center 11,252 / 11,830 $828,293
September 16, 2006 Dallas American Airlines Center 10,521 / 11,494 $919,268
September 19, 2006 Winnipeg Canada MTS Centre 8,915 / 9,557 $611,223
September 21, 2006 Edmonton Rexall Place 12,013 / 12,578 $880,306
September 23, 2006 Vancouver General Motors Place 14,189 / 14,652 $1,223,100
September 25, 2006 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome 11,984 / 11,984 $815,242
September 27, 2006 Sacramento United States ARCO Arena 12,353 / 12,510 $938,106
September 30, 2006 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena 13,730 / 13,730 $1,844,530
October 2, 2006 Oakland Oracle Arena 12,510 / 13,585 $960,369
October 4, 2006 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 9,480 / 10,000 $765,431
October 6, 2006 Los Angeles Staples Center 12,844 / 13,882 $1,230,397
October 8, 2006 Anaheim Honda Center 11,475 / 12,024 $918,283
October 10, 2006 Phoenix US Airways Center 12,049 / 13,136 $880,739
Leg 3 — Asia[13]
October 16, 2006 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan 13,509 / 13,509 $1,853,702
October 18, 2006 Nagoya Nagoya Rainbow Hall 9,853 / 9,853 $1,425,184
October 20, 2006 Saitama Saitama Super Arena 35,227 / 35,227 $5,814,781
October 21, 2006
October 24, 2006 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall 13,105 / 13,105 $1,965,010
October 25, 2006
Total 341,222 / 361,017 $42,475,905
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."[2]
  • 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.
  • A planned second Madison Square Garden date was also scrapped.[5] At least thirteen shows on the North American tour sold out, while dates were added in Canada.[5] Canada offered her fast ticket sales and a favorable financial conditions.[14]

Cancelled shows[edit]

List of cancelled concerts, showing date, city, country, venue and reason for cancellation
Date City Country Venue Reason
September 3, 2006 Hershey United States Giant Center Low ticket sales[5]
September 18, 2006 Denver Pepsi Center
September 25, 2006 Seattle Key Arena
October 28, 2006 Hong Kong Hong Kong Tamar site Promotion Conflicts[4][15]

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The score data is representative of the both shows at the Air Canada Centre on August 13 and August 29, respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ MSN Mariah Carey takes on Madonna with new tour
  2. ^ a b Asbury Park Press, AP story by Nekesa Mumbi Moody, August 11, 2006.
  3. ^ "Hong Kong Mariah Carey concert canceled over poor response, 'unreasonable' demands". International Herald Tribune. Associated Press. 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Mariah Carey's Hong Kong Show Canceled" The Washington Post
  5. ^ a b c d Newsday What's wrong with Mariah Carey?
  6. ^ The Detroit News Mariah was on fire in her 1st Metro show
  7. ^ The Connecticut Post Mariah Carey concert disappointing
  8. ^ Mass Live Mariah Carey performance brief
  9. ^ Palm Beach Post Mariah Carey concert review
  10. ^ "Mariah Carey: The Adventures of Mimi". AllMusic. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses page 18". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  12. ^ North American box score data: "Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses page 18". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  13. ^ "Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  14. ^ Billboard.com Mariah Looking To Tour For Musical Inspiration
  15. ^ Lutfia, Ismira (October 27, 2006). "Mariah Carey's Hong Kong Show Canceled". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 October 2006. 

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