The Bodyguard World Tour

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The Bodyguard World Tour
WhitneyHouston BodyguardTourUK1993.jpg
Cover of tour programme (UK)
Tour by Whitney Houston
Associated album The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
Start date July 5, 1993 (1993-07-05)
End date November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
Legs 8
Shows 58 in North America
36 in Eurorpe
16 in Asia
6 in South America
3 in Africa
119 Total
Whitney Houston concert chronology
I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour
(1991)
The Bodyguard World Tour
(1993-94)
Pacific Rim Tour
(1997)

The Bodyguard World Tour is the fifth concert tour by American recording artist, Whitney Houston. The tour was in support of her multi-platinum soundtrack album, The Bodyguard. The biggest tour of Houston's career, it spanned two years and visited North America (twice), Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.

Background[edit]

With the enormous success of The Bodyguard movie and soundtrack, Houston went on an extensive world tour to support her projects. Houston began rehearsals two months after giving birth to daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. 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][2] 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. Houston also went public concerning having a miscarriage during the tour.[3] 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.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

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." [5] 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.[6]

"Saving All My Love for You" was turned into a "smoky saloon-style ballad".[7] 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".[5] 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."[8] 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",[9] while others felt they were unnecessary, cheesy moments.[10] 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."[11]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • July 1993: at select dates during the North American leg, Whitney performed two of Diana Ross classic songs.
  • July 30: in Atlantic City, New Jersey she performed "Stormy Weather" as a tribute to legendary singer/actress Lena Horne.
  • November 1993: at one of the three concerts at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England and September 27, 1994 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, she performed "Run to You", although the song was not included in the set list.
  • January 23: at the concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bobby Brown appeared and remained on stage as she performed Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" to him.
  • During the 1993-1994 tour at select dates, she closed the show joined with Bobby Brown to performed their hit duet song, "Something in Common".
  • September 1994: at select Radio City Music Hall dates, she performed Dionne Warwick Medley of "A House Is Not a Home", "Alfie" and "Walk On By". She also performed "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and Aretha Franklin's, "Freeway of Love".
  • September 30: final show of the tour, Houston sang "You Are So Beautiful", "For the Love of You", and the gospel hymn, "Amazing Grace". She closed the show performing "The Greatest Love of All".

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
  • Dancers: Carolyn Brown, Merlyn Mitchell, Shane Johnson, Saleema Mubaarak

Source:[13]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
July 5, 1993 Miami United States James L. Knight Center
July 6, 1993
July 8, 1993
July 11, 1993 Vienna Filene Center
July 12, 1993
July 14, 1993 Mansfield Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts
July 15, 1993
July 20, 1993 New York City Radio City Music Hall
July 21, 1993
July 23, 1993
July 24, 1993
July 26, 1993
July 28, 1993 Atlantic City The Copa Room
July 30, 1993
July 31, 1993
August 1, 1993
August 3, 1993
August 4, 1993
Europe
August 13, 1993 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
August 15, 1993 Kolding Kolding Stadion
North America
August 22, 1993 Los Angeles United States Hollywood Bowl
August 23, 1993[A] San Diego Embarcadero Marina Park South
August 25, 1993 Cerritos Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
August 27, 1993
August 28, 1993
Asia
September 1, 1993 Osaka Japan Osaka-jō 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 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
Europe
October 7, 1993 Milan Italy Forum di Assago
October 8, 1993
October 10, 1993 Zürich 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 Maastrichts Expositie en Congres Centrum
October 25, 1993 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
October 27, 1993 Birmingham England NEC Arena
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 18, 1993 Metz France Galaxie de Metz
November 19, 1993 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
November 21, 1993 Linz Austria Linzer Sporthalle
November 23, 1993 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
November 24, 1993 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
November 26, 1993 Rotterdam Netherlands Sportpaleis van Ahoy
November 27, 1993
November 29, 1993 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
November 30, 1993
South America
January 16, 1994[B] São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Morumbi
January 23, 1994[B] 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
June 17, 1994 Hartford United States Hartford Civic Center
June 19, 1994 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 23, 1994 Philadelphia The Spectrum
June 24, 1994 Providence Providence Civic Center
June 26, 1994 Richfield Township Coliseum at Richfield
June 27, 1994 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 29, 1994 Fairborn Nutter Center
July 1, 1994 Minneapolis Target Center
July 2, 1994 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
July 5, 1994 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
July 7, 1994 Lafayette Cajundome
July 11, 1994 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
July 13, 1994 Las Cruces Pan American Center
August 12, 1994 Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena
August 14, 1994 San Jose San Jose Arena
August 16, 1994 Portland Memorial Coliseum
August 17, 1994 Tacoma Tacoma Dome
August 19, 1994 Sacramento ARCO Arena
August 21, 1994 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
August 23, 1994 Phoenix America West Arena
August 25, 1994 Houston The Summit
September 1, 1994 Atlantic City The Copa Room
September 3, 1994
September 4, 1994
September 7, 1994
September 9, 1994
September 10, 1994
September 16, 1994 New York City Radio City Music Hall
September 17, 1994
September 20, 1994
September 21, 1994
September 27, 1994
September 28, 1994
September 30, 1994
Africa
November 8, 1995 Durban South Africa Kings Park Stadium
November 12, 1995 Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium
November 19, 1995 Cape Town Green Point Stadium
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A Summer Pops Series[15]
B Hollywood Rock[16]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
November 16, 1993 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi Cancelled[17]
July 8, 1994 Houston, Texas The Summit Rescheduled for August 25, 1994[18]
July 15, 1994 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena Cancelled[3]
July 16, 1994 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Rescheduled for August 21, 1994[19]
July 18, 1994 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena Rescheduled for August 23, 1994[18]
July 19, 1994 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand Garden Arena Rescheduled for August 12, 1994[18]
July 21, 1994 San Jose, California San Jose Arena Rescheduled for August 14, 1994[18]
July 25, 1994 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome Rescheduled to August 17, 1994[19]
July 27, 1994 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena Rescheduled for August 19, 1994[18]
September 23, 1994 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall Rescheduled to September 28, 1994[20]
September 24, 1994 New York City, New York Radio City Music Hall Rescheduled to September 30, 1994[20]

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Radio City Music Hall[1] New York City 28,720 / 28,720 (100%) $1,458,025[21]
Hiram Bithorn Stadium San Juan 14,323 / 20,651 (69%) $685,845[22]
Target Center Minneapolis 12,406 / 14,395 (86%) $486,645[23]

1.:^ Figures reported for the concerts held in New York City, July 1993.

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.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Winston, Sherri (July 7, 1993). "Whitney Wings It The Songbird Gets Her National Tour Off To A Rocky Start In Miami.". Sun-Sentinel. Tribune Company. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Houston Had Miscarriage While On Tour Last Week". Orlando Sentinel. Tribune Publishing. July 14, 1994. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "List of world's richest entertainers". Reuters News. September 11, 1994.
  5. ^ a b Holden, Stephen. "For Whitney Houston, Showy Doesn't Count: The Show Is the Voice". New York Times. June 22, 1993. Page C11.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Peterson, Karla. "Whitney slim, but act expands nicely". San Diego Union - Tribune. August 25, 1993. Page E7.
  8. ^ McCoy, Frank Milton. "Whitney Captivates Bowl Audience". The Sentinel. September 2, 1993. Page B4.
  9. ^ Catlin, Roger. "In Hartford, Whitney Houston is Trouble Free. Hartford Courant. June 18, 1994. Page D4.
  10. ^ Robbins, Ira. "Whitney's Story, And Some of Her Songs, Too". Newsday. July 22, 1993. Page 58.
  11. ^ Beam, Jon. "Whitney's musical personality shines through on stage". Minneapolis Star Tribune. July 2, 1994. Page B3.
  12. ^ Hudson, Alexia (July 8, 1994). "Smoothe Sylk". Philadelphia Tribune (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). 
  13. ^ a b "Review: ‘Whitney Houston’". Variety. August 25, 1993. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ Carter, Kevin L. (July 30, 1993). "Whitney Houston Sings With Passion Her Voice Has Matured,and She's A Waif No More". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Knight Ridder. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Summer Splash : A Short-Form Guide to the Season's Events". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. May 30, 1993. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ Paiano, Enor (March 5, 1994). "Brazilian Fests Prosper Despite Overlap". Billboard (New York City, New York: BPI Communications) 106 (10): 39. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ Blowman, Michael (November 18, 1993). "Foxx stands up for substance". The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts: The New York Times Company). p. 70. 
  18. ^ a b c d e "Houston Postpones Eight Concerts". San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, California: San Francisco Newspaper Agency). July 21, 1994. p. E3. 
  19. ^ a b "Houston Concert Postponed". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. July 19, 1994. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "A CASE OF THE FLU FLOORS SINGER AND HER SCHEDULE". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. September 25, 1994. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard (New York City, New York: BPI Communications) 105 (33): 12. August 14, 1993. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard (New York City, New York: BPI Communications) 106 (21): 17. May 21, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard (New York City, New York: BPI Communications) 106 (29): 16. July 16, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 16, 2015.