...Baby One More Time Tour
|Tour by Britney Spears|
Backstage access pass for the tour
|Associated album||...Baby One More Time|
|Start date||June 28, 1999|
|End date||September 15, 1999|
|No. of shows||56|
|Britney Spears concert chronology|
The ...Baby One More Time Tour was the debut concert tour by American recording artist Britney Spears. It supported her debut studio album, ...Baby One More Time (1999) and visited the United States and Canada. The tour was announced in March 1999, with dates released a month later. Tommy Hilfiger was chosen as the tour sponsor. The show was divided into various segments, with each segment being followed by an interlude to the next segment, and it ended with an encore. The setlist consisted of songs from her debut album and several covers. The tour received positive feedback from critics; many highlighted Spears' persona and edgy look.
Background and development
On March 5, 1999, it was reported that Spears was planning her first headlining tour to support her first studio album, ...Baby One More Time (1999). Shortly after, she announced that the tour would start in July. On May 12, 1999, Tommy Hilfiger was announced as the main tour sponsor. During the time of the announcement, Spears was being featured in the "AllStars" campaign launched by the company. Hilfiger spoke about the sponsorship saying,
"My passion for music has always inspired my designs. This year we have really put music in the forefront of everything we do. Britney represents the spirit of Tommy Jeans and of youth today. I cannot think of a better way to continue this exciting year by sponsoring one of today's hottest, young recording artists".
The secondary sponsor was supposed to be Nestlé, but they pulled out soon after provocative photographs of Spears shot by David LaChapelle were published in Rolling Stone. Tour dates were released through Pollstar on April 9, 1999, with the tour kicking off on June 28, 1999, in Pompano Beach, Florida. Several dates were added and rescheduled, and the complete schedule was released two months later.
Spears talked to CNN about her involvement during the development of the tour, stating that she had designed the entire tour herself, including costumes and concept. Spears worked with fashion designer Gia Ventola to create the costumes for her and the dancers. The proscenium stage was simple and had only one main prop, a staircase in the middle. The band was in both sides of the staircase and consisted of five musicians. There were also six dancers, that took the stage during interludes. The setlist consisted of eight songs from her debut album and several covers by well-known artists.
The show began with a dance introduction by Spears' dancers among smoke effects. She appeared shortly after at the top of the staircase wearing a hot pink vinyl tube top and white vinyl pants with pink knee patches, to perform "(You Drive Me) Crazy". In "Soda Pop" she danced and interacted with the audience, before leaving the stage while her dancers continued. She appeared sitting on the staircase to sing "Born to Make You Happy" and "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart". The show continued with a dance interlude set to Madonna's "Vogue" in which she named Madonna and Janet Jackson as her biggest inspirations. She then took the stage to perform a cover of Madonna's "Material Girl". After this, she performed two covers of Janet Jackson songs, "Black Cat" and "Nasty". She ended the section with a performance of Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On", accompanied by psychedelic lights. After a dance interlude, she performed the album track "I Will Be There" and a cover of "Open Arms" by Journey, ending with a smile at the top of the staircase. After "Sometimes", she waved and left the stage. The encore consisted of a performance of "...Baby One More Time", in which Spears wore a black bra under pink halter, a pink sequined plaid mini-skirt, and black thigh-high stockings. She then thanks the audience and leaves the stage.
The tour garnered generally positive reviews from critics. Jeffrey Haney of the Deseret News described the show as "funky and flashy". A reporter from USA Today called Spears' performance "assured and energetic". Jim Farber of the New York Daily News pointed out that Spears seemed to have two personas during the show, one when singing songs from her album and a more edgy look when singing the covers. He also added that "Spears' nods to edginess no doubt reflects her desire to grow into a more mature career". Jane Ganahl of the San Francisco Chronicle said that "she may be somewhat entertaining, but she's also just another prefab act – longer on packaging than actual talent".
Broadcasts and recordings
In August 1999, the concert in Orlando, Florida was filmed for the Disney Channel in Concert series which Spears was also joined by New Kids On The Block member Joey McIntyre (who was embarking on his solo career). The concert entitled Britney Spears & Joey McIntyre in Concert aired on October 16, 1999. In the special, Spears performed 7 songs in front of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction at the Disney Hollywood Studios. It also featured Spears visiting her former routes working at the park during her years of the Mickey Mouse Club and shopping at Downtown Disney with her dancers.
The following setlist was obtained from the concert held on July 29, 1999, at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.
- "(You Drive Me) Crazy"
- "Soda Pop"
- "Born to Make You Happy"
- "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"
- "Material Girl" / "Black Cat" / "Nasty"
- "The Beat Goes On"
- "I Will Be There"
- "Open Arms"
|North America |
|June 28, 1999||Pompano Beach||United States||Pompano Beach Amphitheatre|
|June 29, 1999||Tampa||USF Sun Dome|
|July 1, 1999||Atlanta||Atlanta Civic Center|
|July 2, 1999||North Myrtle Beach||House of Blues|
|July 3, 1999||Doswell||Paramount Theatre|
|July 5, 1999[A]||Bethel||Max Yasgur's Farm|
|July 6, 1999||Washington, D.C.||DAR Constitution Hall|
|July 7, 1999||New York City||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|July 8, 1999||Hershey||Star Pavilion|
|July 9, 1999||Scranton||Montage Mountain Performing Arts Center|
|July 10, 1999||Darien||Darien Lake Performing Arts Center|
|July 11, 1999||Schenectady||Proctor's Theatre|
|July 13, 1999||Hamilton||Canada||Copps Coliseum|
|July 14, 1999||Toronto||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre|
|July 16, 1999||Ottawa||WordPerfect Theatre|
|July 17, 1999||Montreal||Molson Centre|
|July 20, 1999||Winnipeg||Centennial Concert Hall|
|July 21, 1999||Saskatoon||Saskatchewan Place|
|July 22, 1999||Edmonton||Skyreach Centre|
|July 23, 1999||Calgary||Canadian Airlines Saddledome|
|July 25, 1999||Vancouver||General Motors Place|
|July 26, 1999||Seattle||United States||Seattle Center Arena|
|July 27, 1999[B]||Hillsboro||DeMar Batchelor Amphitheater|
|July 29, 1999||Oakland||Paramount Theatre|
|July 30, 1999[C]||Paso Robles||CMS Grandstand Arena|
|July 31, 1999||Los Angeles||Universal Amphitheatre|
|August 3, 1999[D]||Brighton||Bromley Companies Stage|
|August 4, 1999||Denver||Paramount Theatre|
|August 6, 1999||Arlington||AT&T Music Mill Amphitheater|
|August 7, 1999||Houston||Aerial Theater|
|August 8, 1999||New Orleans||Lakefront Arena|
|August 10, 1999||Memphis||Mud Island Amphitheater|
|August 11, 1999||Nashville||Grand Ole Opry House|
|August 13, 1999||Eureka||Old Glory Amphitheater|
|August 14, 1999[E]||Omaha||Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum|
|August 15, 1999[F]||Sioux Falls||W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds Grandstand|
|August 17, 1999||Rosemont||Rosemont Theatre|
|August 18, 1999||Columbus||Veterans Memorial Auditorium|
|August 19, 1999[G]||Fairlea||State Fair Event Center|
|August 20, 1999[H]||Adrian||Lenawee County Event Grounds Bandshell|
|August 21, 1999||Orlando||Hard Rock Live|
|August 25, 1999||Indianapolis||Egyptian Room|
|August 26, 1999||Cleveland||Nautica Stage|
|August 27, 1999||Mason||Timberwolf Amphitheatre|
|August 29, 1999||Upper Darby||Tower Theater|
|August 30, 1999[I]||Essex||Coca-Cola Grandstand|
|September 1, 1999||Boston||FleetBoston Pavilion|
|September 2, 1999[J]||Geddes||Mohegan Sun Grandstand|
|September 3, 1999||Wallingford||SNET Oakdale Theatre|
|September 4, 1999||Baltimore||Pier 6 Pavilion|
|September 5, 1999[K]||Allentown||Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand|
|September 10, 1999[L]||Salt Lake City||Utah State Fair Grandstand|
|September 11, 1999[M]||Hutchinson||KSF Grandstand|
|September 12, 1999||Detroit||State Theatre|
|September 14, 1999[N]||Allegan||ACC Grandstand|
|September 15, 1999[O]||York||Grandstand at the York Fair|
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- [A]This concert was a part of the 1999 "A Day in the Garden" Festival.
- [B]This concert was a part of the Washington County Fair
- [C]This concert was a part of the California Mid-State Fair
- [D]This concert was a part of the Adams County Fair
- [E]This concert was a part of the Douglas County Fair and Expos
- [F]This concert was a part of the Sioux Empire Fair
- [G]This concert was a part of the State Fair of West Virginia
- [H]This concert was a part of the Lenawee County Fair
- [I]This concert was a part of the Champlain Valley Fair and Expo
- [J]This concert was a part of the Great New York State Fair
- [K]This concert was a part of the Great Allentown Fair
- [L]This concert was a part of the Utah State Fair
- [M]This concert was a part of the Kansas State Fair
- [N]This concert was a part of the Allegan County Fair
- [O]This concert was a part of the York Interstate Fair
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|July 12, 1999||Albany||Palace Theatre||Moved to the Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, New York|
|July 13, 1999||Quebec City, Canada||Agora du Vieux-Port||Cancelled|
|July 14, 1999||Montreal, Canada||Verdun Auditorium||Rescheduled to July 16, 1999 and moved to the Molson Centre|
|July 16, 1999||Ottawa, Canada||Ottawa Civic Centre Theatre||Rescheduled to July 17, 1999 and moved to the WordPerfect Theatre|
|July 17, 1999||Toronto, Canada||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre||Rescheduled to July 14, 1999|
|July 21, 1999||Saskatoon, Canada||Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium||Moved to the Saskatchewan Place|
|July 23, 1999||Edmonton, Canada||Assembly Hall||Rescheduled to July 22, 1999 and moved to the Skyreach Centre|
|July 25, 1999||Vancouver, Canada||Plaza of Nations||Moved to the General Motors Place|
|August 1, 1999||Las Vegas||House of Blues||Cancelled|
|August 8, 1999||New Orleans||Saenger Theatre||Moved to the Lakefront Arena|
|August 11, 1999||Nashville||Ryman Auditorium||Grand Ole Opry House|
|August 24, 1999||Detroit||State Theatre||Rescheduled to September 12, 1999|
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