The Bodyguard World Tour
|The Bodyguard World Tour|
Cover of tour programme (UK)
|Tour by Whitney Houston|
|Associated album||The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album|
|Start date||July 5, 1993|
|End date||November 19, 1994|
|Shows||58 in North America
36 in Eurorpe
16 in Asia
6 in South America
3 in Africa
|Whitney Houston concert chronology|
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.
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. 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. 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.
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."  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.
"Saving All My Love for You" was turned into a "smoky saloon-style ballad". 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". 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." 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", while others felt they were unnecessary, cheesy moments. 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."
- Smoothe Sylk (North America—Leg 3)
- Angie & Debbie (Miami, Vienna, Mansfield, New York City, Los Angeles, Cerritos)
- Jay Johnson (Atlantic City—July 1993)
- E.Y.C. (Heerenveen, Maastricht)
- 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".
- 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
|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|
|August 13, 1993||Copenhagen||Denmark||Parken Stadium|
|August 15, 1993||Kolding||Kolding Stadion|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|November 8, 1995||Durban||South Africa||Kings Park Stadium|
|November 12, 1995||Johannesburg||Ellis Park Stadium|
|November 19, 1995||Cape Town||Green Point Stadium|
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|November 16, 1993||Barcelona, Spain||Palau Sant Jordi||Cancelled|
|July 8, 1994||Houston, Texas||The Summit||Rescheduled for August 25, 1994|
|July 15, 1994||San Diego, California||San Diego Sports Arena||Cancelled|
|July 16, 1994||Anaheim, California||Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim||Rescheduled for August 21, 1994|
|July 18, 1994||Phoenix, Arizona||America West Arena||Rescheduled for August 23, 1994|
|July 19, 1994||Las Vegas, Nevada||MGM Grand Garden Arena||Rescheduled for August 12, 1994|
|July 21, 1994||San Jose, California||San Jose Arena||Rescheduled for August 14, 1994|
|July 25, 1994||Tacoma, Washington||Tacoma Dome||Rescheduled to August 17, 1994|
|July 27, 1994||Sacramento, California||ARCO Arena||Rescheduled for August 19, 1994|
|September 23, 1994||New York City, New York||Radio City Music Hall||Rescheduled to September 28, 1994|
|September 24, 1994||New York City, New York||Radio City Music Hall||Rescheduled to September 30, 1994|
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets Sold / Available||Gross Revenue|
|Radio City Music Hall||New York City||28,720 / 28,720 (100%)||$1,458,025|
|Hiram Bithorn Stadium||San Juan||14,323 / 20,651 (69%)||$685,845|
|Target Center||Minneapolis||12,406 / 14,395 (86%)||$486,645|
1.:^ Figures reported for the concerts held in New York City, July 1993.
Broadcasting and recordings
- 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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