The Bodyguard World Tour

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The Bodyguard World Tour
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UK Tour Programmee
Tour by Whitney Houston
Associated album The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
Start date July 5, 1993
End date November 21, 1994
Legs 8
Shows 60 in North America
16 in Japan
37 in Europe
2 in Brazil
5 in South America
3 in South Africa
Over 123 in total
Whitney Houston concert chronology
I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour
The Bodyguard World Tour
The Pacific Rim Tour

The Bodyguard World Tour was a concert tour by American recording R&B/pop singer Whitney Houston in support of her smash multi-platinum album The Bodyguard. It was Houston's fourth world tour and her most extensive. The worldwide tour kicked off on July 5, 1993 in Miami, Florida. Spanning two years, Houston played North America twice, Europe, Japan, and made her first appearances in South America and South Africa.


With the enormous success of The Bodyguard movie and soundtrack, Houston went on an extensive world tour to support her projects. The opening date was in Miami on July 5, 1993. Houston received a lot of flak for showing up late and then telling a fan who wanted an autograph to sit down.[1] Houston played five nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and then played six nights at the Sands Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Most of the shows during this 1993 US leg were in theaters because Houston wanted an intimate setting. During the US leg, Houston took a break to fly over to Europe to accompany husband Bobby Brown on his tour. Gospel act Angie & Debbie Winans were the opening act for the 1993 US leg. During the second North American leg in 1994, Houston performed at the opening ceremony of the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the Rose Bowl Stadium. During that time, the singer had throat ailments and had to cancel eight shows during that time, all of which were rescheduled a month later.[2] The tour was a big success. Many shows were among the highest grossing shows of their week. The grossings helped Houston make Forbes Magazine's Richest Entertainers list. Houston earned over $33 million during 1993 and 1994, the third highest for a female entertainer.[3]

The show[edit]

During the first North American leg, gospel act Angie and Debbie Winans were the opening acts. Smoothe Sylk was the opening act during the second North American leg. Unlike her previous tour, this tour did not focus as much on the entertainment aspect. Houston borrowed some of then-husband Bobby Brown's own concert dancers for some of the concerts. However, the show was about "The Voice."

As always, the concerts allowed Houston to arrange her material into more informal settings than the original recordings. During her first Radio City performance, Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote that "her stylistic trademarks -- shivery melismas that ripple up in the middle of a song, twirling embellishments at the ends of phrases that suggest an almost breathless exhilaration -- infuse her interpretations with flashes of musical and emotional lightning." [4] At one of her Atlantic City dates, Kevin L. Carter of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that Houston handled her songs "with subdued emotionalism and the intelligence that only a gifted musician can bring to a song.[5]

"Saving All My Love for You" was turned into a "smoky saloon-style ballad".[6] Many critics noted that the highlight of the show was when Houston took on "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls, and "I Loves You Porgy" from Porgy and Bess. Stephen Holden wrote of the medley that "her voice conveyed authority, power, determination and just enough vulnerability to give a sense of dramatic intention".[4] As always, Houston included gospel songs. She introduced her band while performing 'Revelation.' Houston spoke about the Lord before going into 'Jesus Loves Me' which was often accompanied with complete silence from the mesmerized crowd."[7] During the last couple of years, since her marriage to Brown, the tabloids generated many stories about Houston and Brown. The New York Post created a rumor that the singer had overdosed on diet pills, leading to a lawsuit filed by Houston. During her shows, while performing her love medley, Houston often denied tabloid rumors. Houston often brought her husband and baby to the stage with her to prove that they are a happy family and that the tabloids are wrong. Many critics felt that these tabloid stories helped her sing with more conviction and emotion. According to some critics, Brown's presence made "All the Man That I Need" a more stirring performance leading up the emotional high of "I Have Nothing",[8] while others felt they were unnecessary, cheesy moments.[9] Many critics praised her Aretha Franklin medley that she performed at certain shows. Houston performed "Ain't No Way", "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man". According to Jon Beam of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Aretha Franklin medley was a triumph of substance over style. He wrote that "She seemed a natural instead of a studied singer doing "A Natural Woman," and "Do Right Woman" was a right-on, soulful country-blues song, with a traditional call-and-response between Houston and her backup singers."[10]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Additional notes[edit]

  • At select dates during the 1993 North American leg, Whitney performed two of Diana Ross's classic songs.
  • During the concert on July 30, in Atlantic City, New Jersey she performed "Stormy Weather" as a tribute to legendary film actress/singer Lena Horne, who starred in the 1943 film, Stormy Weather.
  • During the concerts in November 1993 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London and September 27, 1994 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, she performed "Run to You", although the song was not included in the set list.
  • The January 23, concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bobby Brown (married to Houston at that time) appeared and remained on stage as she performed the song, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" to him.

The band[edit]

  • Musical Director: Rickey Minor
  • Bass Guitar, Synthesizer: Rickey Minor
  • Guitar: Carlos Rios
  • Keyboards: Bette Sussman, Wayne Linsey, Kevin Lee
  • Saxophone: Kirk Whalum
  • Drums: Michael Baker
  • Percussion: Bashiri Johnson
  • Background Vocalists: Gary Houston, Olivia McClurkin, Alfie Silas, Pattie Howard, Josie James
  • Carolyn Brown, Merlyn Mitchell, Shane Johnson, Saleema Mubaarak

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
July 5, 1993 Miami, Florida United States James L. Knight Center
July 6, 1993
July 8, 1993
July 11, 1993 Vienna, Virginia Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
July 12, 1993
July 14, 1993 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods
July 15, 1993
July 20, 1993 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall[11]
July 21, 1993
July 23, 1993
July 24, 1993
July 26, 1993
July 28, 1993 Atlantic City, New Jersey Sands Atlantic City
July 30, 1993
July 31, 1993
August 1, 1993
August 3, 1993
August 4, 1993
August 13, 1993 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
August 15, 1993 Kolding Kolding Stadion
North America
August 22, 1993 Los Angeles, California United States Hollywood Bowl
August 23, 1993 San Diego, California Embarcadero Marina Park South
August 25, 1993 Cerritos, California Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
August 27, 1993
August 28, 1993
September 1, 1993 Osaka Japan Osaka Jo Hall
September 2, 1993
September 6, 1993 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
September 7, 1993
September 9, 1993
September 10, 1993
September 13, 1993
September 14, 1993
September 16, 1993 Nagoya Rainbow Hall
September 17, 1993
September 19, 1993 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
September 20, 1993
September 22, 1993 Fukuoka Fukuoka Dome
September 24, 1993 Yokohama Yokohama Arena
September 27, 1993 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
September 28, 1993
October 7, 1993 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
October 8, 1993
October 10, 1993 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
October 11, 1993
October 13, 1993 Berlin Germany Deutschlandhalle
October 14, 1993
October 16, 1993 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
October 17, 1993 Gothenburg Scandinavium
October 19, 1993 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
October 22, 1993 Heerenveen Netherlands Thialf
October 23, 1993 Maastricht MEEC
October 25, 1993 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
October 27, 1993 Birmingham United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre
October 28, 1993
October 30, 1993
October 31, 1993 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
November 2, 1993
November 3, 1993
November 5, 1993 London Earls Court Exhibition Centre
November 6, 1993
November 7, 1993
November 9, 1993 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
November 10, 1993
November 12, 1993 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
November 15, 1993 Madrid Spain Palacio de los Deportes
November 16, 1993 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi (Canceled)[12]
November 18, 1993 Metz France Le Galaxie
November 19, 1993 Stuttgart Germany Schleyerhalle
November 21, 1993 Linz Austria Sporthalle
November 23, 1993 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
November 24, 1993 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
November 26, 1993 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy
November 27, 1993
November 29, 1993 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
November 30, 1993
South America
January 16, 1994 Sao Paulo Brazil Morumbi Stadium
January 23, 1994 Rio de Janeiro Praça da Apoteose
April 14, 1994 Santiago Chile Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
April 16, 1994 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani
April 17, 1994
April 21, 1994 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas
North America
April 24, 1994 San Juan Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium[13]
June 17, 1994 Hartford, Connecticut United States Hartford Civic Center
June 19, 1994 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
June 23, 1994 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
June 24, 1994 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
June 26, 1994 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
June 27, 1994 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 29, 1994 Fairborn, Ohio Ervin J. Nutter Center
July 1, 1994 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center[14]
July 2, 1994 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
July 5, 1994 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
July 7, 1994 Lafayette, Louisiana Cajundome
July 11, 1994 Denver, Colorado McNichols Arena
July 13, 1994 Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan American Center
July 17, 1994 Pasadena, California Rose Bowl (World Cup)
August 12, 1994 Paradise, Nevada MGM Grand Arena (rescheduled from July 19)[2]
August 14, 1994 San Jose, California San Jose Arena (rescheduled from July 21)[2]
August 16, 1994 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum (rescheduled from July 26)[2]
August 17, 1994 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome (rescheduled from July)[2]
August 19, 1994 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena (rescheduled from July)[2]
August 21, 1994 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond (rescheduled from July 16)[2]
August 23, 1994 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena (rescheduled from July)[2]
August 25, 1994 Houston, Texas The Summit (rescheduled from July 8)[2]
September 1, 1994 Atlantic City, New Jersey Sands Atlantic City[15]
September 3, 1994
September 4, 1994
September 7, 1994
September 9, 1994
September 10, 1994
September 16, 1994 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall
September 17, 1994
September 20, 1994
September 21, 1994
September 27, 1994
September 28, 1994 Radio City Music Hall (rescheduled from September 23)[16]
September 30, 1994 Radio City Music Hall (rescheduled from September 24)[16]
November 8, 1994 Durban South Africa Kings Park Stadium
November 12, 1994 Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium
November 19, 1994 Cape Town Green Point Stadium

Broadcasting and recordings[edit]

  • Houston's November 12, date in Johannesburg, South Africa, was broadcast live on HBO Cable TV, Whitney: The Concert for a New South Africa. The special was later released on home video. There is also televised recordings of her concerts in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.
  • The concerts in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela was televised in select countries in South America. The four South American countries were the only dates that Houston toured at that time during her touring history.


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  4. ^ a b Holden, Stephen. "For Whitney Houston, Showy Doesn't Count: The Show Is the Voice". New York Times. June 22, 1993. Page C11.
  5. ^ Carter, Kevin L. "Whitney Houston Sings With Passion, Her Voice Has Matured, and She's a Waif No More." Philadelphia Inquirer. June 30, 1993. Page 32.
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  12. ^ "Foxx stands up for substance" The Boston Globe. November 18, 1993.
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  14. ^ Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses (p16). Billboard. 1994-07-16. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 
  15. ^ Whitney Houston returns to the Sands newyork beacon-September 2, 1994 by Don Thomas
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