...Baby One More Time Tour
|Tour by Britney Spears|
|Associated album||...Baby One More Time|
|Start date||June 28, 1999|
|End date||September 15, 1999|
|No. of shows||56|
|Britney Spears concert chronology|
...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.
- C-Note (North America) (select venues)
- Steps (North America) (select venues)
- Boyz N Girlz United (North America) (select venues)
- Joey McIntyre (North America) (Orlando show only)
- P.Y.T. (North America) (select venues)
- Michael Fredo (North America) (select venues)
- 3rd Storee (North America) (select venues)
- Divine (North America) (select venues)
- Sky (Canada) (select venues)
- "(You Drive Me) Crazy"
- "Soda Pop"
- "Born to Make You Happy"
- "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"
- "Vogue" (Dance Interlude)
- '80s Medley:
- "The Beat Goes On"
- "I Will Be There"
- "Open Arms"
- ...Baby One More Time"
|July 26, 2000||Las Vegas||United States||House of Blues||Unknown|
- This concert was a part of the 1999 "A Day in the Garden" Festival.
- The July 11, 1999 concert at Procto's Theatre in Schenectady was originally scheduled to take place at the Palace Theatre in Albany.
- The July 13, 1999 concert at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton was originally scheduled to take place at the L'Agora du Vieux Port in Quebec City.
- The July 14, 1999 concert at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto was originally scheduled to July 17, 1999.
- The July 16, 1999 concert at WordPerfect Theatre in Ottawa was originally scheduled to take place at the Ottawa Civic Centre Theatre.
- The July 17, 1999 concert at Molson Centre in Montreal was originally scheduled to take place at the Verdun Auditorium in Verdun on July 14, 1999.
- The July 21, 1999 concert at Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon was originally scheduled to take place at the Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium.
- The July 22, 1999 concert at Skyreach Centre in Edmonton was originally scheduled to take place at the Shaw Conference Centre on July 23, 1999.
- The July 25, 1999 concert at General Motors Place in Vancouver was originally scheduled to take place at the General Motors Centre.
- This concert was a part of the Washington County Fair.
- This concert was a part of the California Mid-State Fair.
- This concert was a part of the Adams County Fair.
- The August 8, 1999 concert at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans was originally scheduled to take place at the Saenger Theatre.
- The August 11, 1999 concert at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville was originally scheduled to take place at the Ryman Auditorium.
- This concert was a part of the Douglas County Fair and Expos.
- This concert was a part of the Sioux Empire Fair.
- This concert was a part of the State Fair of West Virginia.
- This concert was a part of the Lenawee County Fair.
- This concert was a part of the Champlain Valley Fair and Expo.
- This concert was a part of the Great New York State Fair.
- This concert was a part of the Great Allentown Fair.
- This concert was a part of the Utah State Fair.
- This concert was a part of the Kansas State Fair.
- The September 12, 1999 concert at State Theatre in Detroit was originally scheduled to August 24, 1999.
- This concert was a part of the Allegan County Fair.
- This concert was a part of the York Interstate Fair.
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