My Love Is Your Love World Tour
|Tour by Whitney Houston|
|Associated album||My Love Is Your Love|
|Start date||June 22, 1999|
|End date||November 8, 1999|
|No. of shows||46 in Europe |
20 in North America
66 in total
|Box office||$5 million (North America only)|
|Whitney Houston concert chronology|
The My Love Is Your Love World Tour (advertised as World Tour 1999) was the eighth concert tour by American recording artist Whitney Houston. The tour was in support of her fourth studio album, My Love Is Your Love (1998). Beginning in the summer of 1999, the tour played over 60 shows in Europe and North America. The tour marked Houston's final concert appearances in North America.
After My Love is Your Love—Houston's first studio album in eight years—was released, the singer embarked on her first world tour since 1994 to promote it. For the North American leg of the tour, Houston turned down most arena dates in favor of theaters because she wanted "to do something where people can feel [her] and [she] can feel them." Performing in theaters allowed Houston's shows to have a jam-session atmosphere. Since theaters have lower capacities than arenas, Houston played in most North American cities for two nights each.
Houston signed a deal with Dolce & Gabbana to design all of her clothes for the tour. This deal gave Houston a more hip and contemporary look to match her music; this look contrasted with her previous tours. Houston first showcased her new wardrobe on The Oprah Winfrey Show prior to the tour opener in Chicago.
In July, Houston made a surprise appearance at the 13th Annual New York City Lesbian and Gay Pride Dance. At the event, the singer did a rare performance of the popular remixes to "It's Not Right But It's OK" and "Heartbreak Hotel".
Controversy arose during the North American leg of the tour. There were reports of strange and erratic behavior behind the scenes. Houston cancelled some concert dates, including two shows in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. The singer pulled out of her San Francisco show at the Concord Pavilion 15 minutes before it was scheduled to begin; the city demanded $100,000 in compensation after public outcry. Houston blamed all the cancellations on an ongoing throat ailment. Still, these actions would further spark drug use rumours in the tabloids.
The tour was successful. The concerts featured Houston's highest ticket prices. With many shows, Houston commanded up to $150 for a ticket, making her just one of a few artists to break the $100-per-ticket barrier.
The tour was an even bigger success in Europe. It was the highest grossing European arena concert tour of the year, playing to almost half a million people. Every date was sold out in advance. As a result, the tour was extended to November due to high demand.
During the European leg of the tour, DoRo Productions—a film company based in Vienna, Austria—filmed and produced a documentary of the tour titled "Whitney – Close Up". The documentary showcased behind-the-scenes footage, rehearsals and live performances throughout Europe. Close Up was originally set to be aired as a TV special in the spring of 2000 following the release of Whitney: The Greatest Hits, but didn't air at the time. Some footage from Close Up was also used in the documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.
- "My Love Is Your Love" and "Step by Step" was performed as encores only in Chicago on June 22, replacing "It's Not Right But It's Okay" performed earlier in the show.
- "Abraham, Martin and John" was performed in Denver on July 26, and Los Angeles on July 30, as a tribute to the late John F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Houston performed "You'll Never Stand Alone" in London on September 18, "All at Once" in Rotterdam on October 12, "Greatest Love of All" in Antwerp on November 2, and "Home" in London on November 8.
- "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and "Amazing Grace" was performed at select dates in Europe. "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin was performed in Frankfurt on October 18, and a medley of Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By" and "Alfie" was performed in Oberhausen on October 30.
|June 22, 1999||Chicago||United States||Arie Crown Theater||N/A||N/A|
|June 23, 1999|
|June 25, 1999||Detroit||Fox Theatre||9,575 / 9,575||$752,653|
|June 26, 1999|
|June 29, 1999||Toronto||Canada||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre||N/A||N/A|
|June 30, 1999||Cuyahoga Falls||United States||Blossom Music Center|
|July 2, 1999||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center|
|July 5, 1999||Washington, D.C.||DAR Constitution Hall|
|July 8, 1999||Boston||Wang Theatre||7,302 / 7,370||$553,043|
|July 9, 1999|
|July 11, 1999||Wallingford||SNET Oakdale Theatre||N/A||N/A|
|July 14, 1999||New York City||The Theater at Madison Square Garden||10,714 / 10,866||$802,323|
|July 15, 1999|
|July 17, 1999||Philadelphia||Mann Center for the Performing Arts||N/A||N/A|
|July 18, 1999||University Park||Bryce Jordan Center|
|July 20, 1999||Atlanta||Fox Theatre|
|July 21, 1999|
|July 26, 1999||Greenwood Village||Coors Amphitheatre|
|July 29, 1999||Los Angeles||Universal Amphitheatre||12,294 / 12,378||$873,140|
|July 30, 1999|
|August 22, 1999[A]||Sopot||Poland||Opera Leśna||N/A||N/A|
|August 25, 1999[B]||Vechta||Germany||Westerheide|
|August 27, 1999[C]||Coburg||Coburger Schloßplatz|
|August 28, 1999||Mannheim||Mannheimer Schloss Ehrenhof|
|August 30, 1999||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|September 1, 1999||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|September 2, 1999||Munich||Germany||Open-Air Theatron|
|September 4, 1999||Hamburg||Derby-Park Klein Flottbek|
|September 5, 1999||Berlin||Waldbühne|
|September 7, 1999||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis|
|September 9, 1999||Sheffield||England||Sheffield Arena|
|September 11, 1999||Birmingham||NEC Arena|
|September 12, 1999|
|September 15, 1999||London||Wembley Arena|
|September 16, 1999|
|September 18, 1999|
|September 21, 1999||Paris||France||Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy|
|September 22, 1999||Stuttgart||Germany||Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle|
|September 24, 1999||Cologne||Kölnarena|
|September 25, 1999||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|September 27, 1999||Milan||Italy||FilaForum|
|September 28, 1999||Cologne||Germany||Kölnarena|
|October 1, 1999||Gothenburg||Sweden||Scandinavium|
|October 2, 1999||Stockholm||Stockholm Globe Arena|
|October 4, 1999||Helsinki||Finland||Hartwall Areena|
|October 5, 1999|
|October 6, 1999||Moscow||Russia||State Kremlin Palace|
|October 7, 1999|
|October 9, 1999||Kiev||Ukraine||Palace of Sports|
|October 10, 1999||Stuttgart||Germany||Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle|
|October 12, 1999||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam Ahoy Sportpaleis|
|October 13, 1999|
|October 15, 1999||Zürich||Switzerland||Hallenstadion|
|October 18, 1999||Frankfurt||Germany||Festhalle Frankfurt|
|October 20, 1999||Milan||Italy||FilaForum|
|October 22, 1999||Vienna||Austria||Wiener Stadthalle|
|October 23, 1999|
|October 27, 1999||Leipzig||Germany||Leipziger Messehallen 7|
|October 28, 1999||Munich||Olympiahalle|
|October 30, 1999||Oberhausen||Arena Oberhausen|
|October 31, 1999|
|November 2, 1999||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|November 3, 1999||Kiel||Germany||Ostseehalle|
|November 5, 1999||Stuttgart||Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle|
|November 7, 1999||Birmingham||England||NEC Arena|
|November 8, 1999||London||Wembley Arena|
- Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
- A This concert is a part of the "Sopot International Song Festival"
- B This concert is a part of "Stoppelmarkt"
- C This concert is a part of the "Open-Air-Wochenende"
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|July 3, 1999||Newark, New Jersey||Prudential Hall||Cancelled|
|July 23, 1999||Memphis, Tennessee||Mid-South Coliseum||Cancelled|
|July 24, 1999||St. Louis, Missouri||Fox Theatre||Cancelled|
|August 1, 1999||Concord, California||Concord Pavilion||Cancelled|
|September 29, 1999||Prague, Czech Republic||Sportovní hala||Cancelled|
- Musical director: Michael Baker
- Drums: Michael Baker
- Bass guitar: Alex Evans
- Keyboards: Jetro Da Silva
- Percussion: Taku Hirano
- Guitar: John "Jubu" Smith
- Piano: Myron McKinley
- Background vocalists: Gary Houston, Valerie Pinkston, Sharlotte Gibson, Cindy Mizelle
- Dancers: Carolyn Brown, Kyndra Reevey, Merlyn Mitchell, Joyce Vanhook
- Director of Security: Alan Jacobs
Broadcasting and recordings
- Houston's concert on August 22, in Sopot, Poland was televised on Germany, United Kingdom and Poland cable TV.
- Live performances of "I Learned From the Best" was televised during UNCF benefit telethon broadcast, and "It's Not Right But Its Okay" performance was aired on the MTV series All Access Live.
- 1999: Nippy News Release Articles Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
- Whitney Houston Surprises Crowd At Gay-Lesbian Pride Event MTV News. June 28, 1999
- Entertainment: News in Brief. BBC News. August 26, 1999.
- Farber, Jim. "Summer concert tours, paved with profits and with potholes". Buffalo News. August 23, 1999. Page A7
- Whitney Houston World Tour '99 Becomes Europe's Highest Grossing Arena ever. Business Wire. October 19, 1999.
- Doro Films Live Concert documentaries – Whitney: Close Up Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine
- Doro Films music documentaries-Whitney-Close Up Archived 2010-02-20 at the Wayback Machine.www.dorofilms.com
- Whitney – Close Up documentary movie.www.facebook.com-whitneyhouston-media
- McGovern, Joe (April 25, 2017). "Whitney Houston: Can I Be Me documentary directors open up about the film". Entertainment Weekly.
- Zum sechsten Todestag: ServusTV sendet Porträt über Whitney Houston. InfoDigital. 4 January 2018
- "112 Pushes Two Singles While Opening For Whitney". MTV News. MTV Networks. July 28, 1999. Archived from the original on November 18, 2000. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- Chris Nelson (June 23, 1999). "Whitney Houston Highlights New Work". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
- Sources for dates in North America:
- "Whitney Houston Announces Early Dates For World Tour". MTV News. MTV Networks. May 14, 1999. Archived from the original on October 18, 2002. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- "Whitney Returns To Stage After Throat Problems Cause Cancellations". MTV News. MTV Networks. July 8, 1999. Archived from the original on December 15, 2001. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- North America Boxscore data:
- "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard. Nashville, Tennessee. 111 (30): 16. July 24, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard. Nashville, Tennessee. 111 (31): 16. July 31, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- "Amusement Business Boxscore: Top 10 Concert Grosses". Billboard. Nashville, Tennessee. 111 (33): 13. August 14, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
- Sources for dates in Europe:
- Böker, Carmen (September 7, 1999). "Whitney Houston erreicht in der Waldbühne ihr selbst gestecktes Ziel: Respekt allüberall Die Mauer ist gefallen" [Whitney Houston reaches her own goal at the Waldbühne: Respect everywhere The wall has fallen]. Berliner Zeitung (in German). Berliner Verlag. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- "Whitney Houston w Sopocie: maniery gwiazdy, rekord oglądalności" [Whitney Houston in Sopot: star manners, audience record]. Wprost (in Polish). PMPG Polskie Media. February 12, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- Lauterbach, Jörn (August 28, 1999). "Wenn der Mond über dem Stoppelmarkt steht" [When the moon is above the Stoppelmarkt]. Die Welt (in German). Axel Springer SE. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- Evans, Rob (August 26, 1999). "Concert Promoter To Bill Whitney Houston For Cancelled Show". LiveDaily. Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. Archived from the original on February 4, 2004. Retrieved September 18, 2017.