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The Onyx Hotel Tour is the fifth concert tour by Americanmarker pop singer Britney Spears, to support her fourth studio album In the Zone. The show toured North America and Europe, and was set to return to North America along with Asia and Australia. The tour was canceled after the European leg due to Spears' knee injury on the set of her "Outrageous" music video. The tour grossed US $39 million due to the cancellation.

Background

By way of introduction, Spears stated:

Before the tour started Spears stated that she wanted the tour to have a more intimate feeling than her previous shows, Spears stated:

Spears can be found saying this in the special features of the In The Zone DVD.While Spears' last tour, Dream Within A Dream was Vegas-style theatrical, The Onyx Hotel Tour was more New York-style theatrical. This show was purposely less lavish than the previous tour and featured little pyrotechnics or other visual effects, as compared to Dream Within A Dream, apparently to make the show more intimate and focused more on the songs and dancing. However, Spears' production team spared no expense on the show's setup. They were reportedly inspired by the city of Tokyomarker, with its futuristic, postmodern architecture, and designed their stage based on it, with state-of-the-art video screens and set pieces. Most of the songs performed were from her then-current album, In the Zone, but a few of her earlier efforts did appear on the set list, in remixed form.

Spears had eight costume changes throughout the show, with various outfits ranging from a black catsuit during the show's opener to a pair of bikini underwear. The clothes came courtesy of several designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Dsquared, who also designed costumes for Dream Within a Dream Tour.

Notes

The tour brought new criticism for Spears, for in certain routines she and her dancers were seemingly nude and performing explicit routines simulating gay sex, orgies, and masturbation during "Touch of My Hand" and "Breathe on Me".

Injury and Cancellation

During the show in Moline, Illinoismarker (March 18, 2004), Spears suffered a fall during "(I Got that) Boom Boom" and injured her knee, which caused the show to come to a halt without an encore. Spears went on stage and told the audience, "I hurt my leg really bad, sorry I cannot finish the show. But thank you, Moline". Shows in Chicago and Detroit were postponed to the end of the first leg of the tour. The show in Cleveland was postponed to the summer leg because of illness, and canceled altogether when the summer shows were scrapped.

The third, fourth, and fifth legs of the tour, which would have been a second North American trek, Asia and Australia, were canceled because of the injury resulting from a fall on the set of Britney's video shoot for "Outrageous" in Queens, New Yorkmarker. She underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at a New York hospital to remove floating cartilage. Spears would not perform onstage again until The M+Ms Tour in 2007.

Concert synopsis

The show begins with a skit where a hotel master welcomes spectators to the Onyx Hotel. After this, he takes an onyx stone and throws it into the video screens. Spears briefly appears in the screens, as her dancers descend to the stage. She enters on a mini type bus dressed in a black PVC catsuit, where she performs "Toxic". She descends to the stage for the breakdown and then performs "Overprotected". In "Boys" she dances around luggage carts. “Showdown” is the final song of the first act.

A video interlude follows featuring Spears and her friends leaving a club, but she notices a woman (Jada Pinkett Smith) dressed in 1930’s fashion. She follows her and the woman asks Spears to enter "The Mystic Lounge". Spears reappears dressed as a cabaret singer and performs a cabaret-inspired version of "…Baby One More Time". In "Oops!... I Did It Again" she is joined on stage by her background singers. Spears and her dancers perform " Crazy" she then introduces the members of her band, before leaving the stage for a costume change.

In the next section, there is a video interlude of Spears wearing a flowered-themed dress and entering "The Mystic Garden". As the video ends, she appears onstage sitting at a piano which is covered with flowers, she plays the piano as she sings "Everytime". Her dancers join her to perform "The Hook Up" and a jungle inspired mix of "I'm a Slave 4 U".

The show continues with another video interlude featuring a parody of paranormal-themed shows, "The Onyx Zone", with a man introducing "The Shadow Room", a place full of spirits and shadows. Spears reappears sitting on a swing where she sings "Shadow". During the performance, Spears is lifted into the air, while two acrobats dance around her. Spears leaves the stage while the dancers perform to a ballet interlude in flesh coloured costumes.

The next section begins with a video projection of two guards watching Spears in her room through security cameras. Spears appears on a smaller stage wearing a white robe and performs "Touch Of My Hand". During the performance, she takes the robe off to reveal a nude body suit with crystals that resembles her "Toxic" video outfit. She leaves the stage briefly to a wardrobe change and reappears on the mini platform where she descends to the main stage on a pole, wearing pink lingerie and performs "Breathe on Me" on a bed with her male dancer Leo. Later, they go center stage and French kiss. She then puts on a white trench coat and performs “Outrageous”, the last song of the act.

In the next act, Spears and her dancers wear street clothes and perform "(I Got That) Boom Boom". Spears then introduces the dancers, her band and her background singers. She then takes a bow and thanks the audience whilst leaving the stage singing "Sometimes", where she often replies "I haven't sang sometimes yet! Oh, I don't like that song anyways. Peace!"

The encore begins with a system malfunction where a female voice counts down as the screen sketches Britney's outline, which then rises to reveal Spears stood at the top of a staircase. After this, "Me Against the Music" begins and Spears appears on stage wearing a red ensemble which is similar to the black outfit used in the music video. Midway through the song it switches into the "Rishi Rich's Desi Kulcha Remix". The shows ends with Spears and her dancers on the staircase where the screen is lowered and Spears makes her exit.

Merchandise

Spears' cumulative concert merchandise sales total reached more than $30 million, according to Signatures Network Inc., a merchandising and licensing company that handles Spears products. The $30 million total is based on Spears tours since June 1999, including 1999's ...Baby One More Time tour, 2001's Oops ... I Did It Again tour and 2002's Dream Within a Dream tour as well as the first leg of her North American Onyx Hotel tour.

The Onyx Hotel Tour alone, which begun its European dates on April 26 in Londonmarker, was expected to gross more than $10 million in merchandise revenue. In the 25 tour dates of the North American leg, Spears' merchandise sales averaged $150,000-$170,000 a night, reaching a high of $180,000 during the Los Angelesmarker show on March 8, according to Dell Furano, CEO of Signatures Network Inc.

Signature claims Spears total is the highest for any solo female artist since Spears began touring. Spears' best-selling products include the pink Toxic baby-doll shirt, the Onyx Hotel fashion jersey and tour programs and posters. "I think part of it reflects her songs like 'Toxic and 'Outrageous,'" Furano said. "A lot of the merchandise picks up themes of the songs and of the show."

Opening acts

  • Kelis (North America and Europe) (select venues)
  • Skye Sweetnam (North America and Europe) (select venues)
  • JC Chasez (Europe) (select venues)
  • Wicked Wisdom (Europe) (select venues)
  • Dodger (North America) (select venues)
  • Eamon (North America) (was to open third leg)


Set list

Act 1 - Check-In
  • "Toxic"
  • "Overprotected" [The Darkchild Remix]
  • "Boys" [The Co-Ed Remix] (contains the original version bridge)
  • "Showdown"
Act 2 - Mystic Lounge
Act 3 - Mystic Garden
Act 4 - The Onyx Zone
  • "Shadow"
Act 5 - Security Cameras
Act 6 - Club
Act 7 - Check-Out


Tour dates



Date City Country Venue
North America
March 2, 2004 San Diegomarker United Statesmarker iPayOne Centermarker
March 3, 2004 Glendalemarker Jobing.com Arenamarker
March 5, 2004 Fresnomarker Save Mart Centermarker
March 6, 2004 Las Vegasmarker MGM Grand Garden Arenamarker
March 8, 2004 Los Angelesmarker Staples Centermarker
March 9, 2004 Oaklandmarker Oakland Arenamarker
March 11, 2004 Portlandmarker Rose Garden Arenamarker
March 12, 2004 Seattlemarker KeyArenamarker
March 15, 2004 Denvermarker Pepsi Centermarker
March 17, 2004 Omahamarker Qwest Center Omahamarker
March 18, 2004 Molinemarker The MARK of the Quad Citiesmarker
March 23, 2004 Atlantamarker Philips Arenamarker
March 24, 2004 Columbiamarker Colonial Centermarker
March 25, 2004 Jacksonvillemarker Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arenamarker
March 28, 2004 Miamimarker American Airlines Arenamarker
March 29, 2004 Orlandomarker TD Waterhouse Centremarker
March 31, 2004 Philadelphiamarker Wachovia Centermarker
April 3, 2004 Torontomarker Canadamarker Air Canada Centremarker
April 4, 2004 Montrealmarker Bell Centremarker
April 6, 2004 Manchestermarker United States Verizon Wireless Arenamarker
April 8, 2004 Providencemarker Dunkin' Donuts Centermarker
April 9, 2004 Trentonmarker Sovereign Bank Arenamarker
April 10, 2004 East Rutherfordmarker Continental Airlines Arenamarker
April 13, 2004 Chicagomarker Allstate Arenamarker
April 14, 2004 Detroitmarker The Palace of Auburn Hillsmarker
Europe
April 26, 2004 Londonmarker Englandmarker Wembley Arenamarker
April 27, 2004
April 29, 2004 Glasgowmarker Scotlandmarker Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centremarker
April 30, 2004
May 1, 2004 Manchestermarker England Manchester Evening News Arenamarker
May 3, 2004 London Wembley Arena
May 4, 2004
May 5, 2004 Birminghammarker National Indoor Arenamarker
May 7, 2004 Rotterdammarker Netherlandsmarker The Ahoymarker
May 9, 2004 Copenhagenmarker Denmarkmarker Forum Copenhagenmarker
May 10, 2004 Oslomarker Norwaymarker Oslo Spektrummarker
May 11, 2004 Stockholmmarker Swedenmarker Stockholm Globe Arenamarker
May 14, 2004 Frankfurtmarker Germanymarker Festhallemarker
May 15, 2004 Hamburgmarker Color Line Arenamarker
May 16, 2004 Berlinmarker Velodrommarker
May 18, 2004 Lyonmarker Francemarker Halle Tony Garniermarker
May 19, 2004 Milanmarker Italymarker Fila Forummarker
May 20, 2004 Zurich Switzerlandmarker Hallenstadionmarker
May 22, 2004 Viennamarker Austriamarker Wiener Stadthallemarker
May 23, 2004 Budapestmarker Hungarymarker Budapest Sports Arenamarker
May 25, 2004 Munichmarker Germany Olympiahallemarker
May 28, 2004 Oberhausenmarker König Pilsener Arenamarker
May 29, 2004 Ghentmarker Belgiummarker Flanders Sports Arenamarker
May 30, 2004 Parismarker France Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercymarker
June 1, 2004 Belfastmarker Northern Irelandmarker Odyssey Arenamarker
June 2, 2004 Dublinmarker Irelandmarker The Pointmarker
June 3, 2004
June 5, 2004 Lisbonmarker Portugalmarker Parque da Bela Vista
June 6, 2004 Dublin Ireland RDS Arenamarker
North America (CANCELED)
June 22, 2004 Hartfordmarker United Statesmarker Meadows Music Theatremarker
June 23, 2004 Mansfieldmarker Tweeter Centermarker
June 25, 2004 Scrantonmarker Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountainmarker
June 26, 2004 Darienmarker Darien Lake
June 27, 2004 Torontomarker Canadamarker Molson Amphitheatremarker
June 29, 2004 Clevelandmarker United States Gund Arenamarker
June 30, 2004 Noblesvillemarker Verizon Wireless Music Centermarker
July 1, 2004 Milwaukeemarker Marcus Amphitheatremarker
July 3, 2004 Columbusmarker Germain Amphitheatremarker
July 4, 2004 Hersheymarker Hershey Park Stadiummarker
July 8, 2004 Wantaghmarker Jones Beach Amphitheatremarker
July 9, 2004
July 10, 2004 Bristowmarker Nissan Pavilionmarker
July 12, 2004 Philadelphiamarker Tweeter Centermarker
July 13, 2004 Holmdelmarker PNC Bank Arts Centermarker
July 14, 2004 Burgettstownmarker Post Gazette Pavilionmarker
July 16, 2004 Minneapolismarker Target Centermarker
July 17, 2004 Tinley Parkmarker Tweeter Centermarker
July 19, 2004 Maryland Heightsmarker UMB Bank Pavilion
July 20, 2004 Nashvillemarker Starwood Amphitheatremarker
July 22, 2004 Raleighmarker TWC Music Pavilionmarker
July 23, 2004 Charlottemarker Verizon Wireless Amphitheatremarker
July 24, 2004 Virginia Beachmarker Verizon Wireless Amphitheatremarker
July 27, 2004 West Palm Beachmarker Sound Advice Amphitheatremarker
July 28, 2004 Tampamarker Tampa Bay Amphitheatremarker
July 30, 2004 New Orleansmarker New Orleans Arenamarker
July 31, 2004 Houstonmarker Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 2, 2004 Dallasmarker Smirnoff Music Centremarker
August 3, 2004 San Antoniomarker Verizon Wireless Amphitheatremarker
August 5, 2004 Albuquerquemarker Journal Pavilionmarker
August 7, 2004 Irvinemarker Verizon Wireless Amphitheatremarker
August 8, 2004 Concordmarker Chronicle Pavilion
August 10, 2004 Marysvillemarker Sleep Train Amphitheatre
August 11, 2004 Mountain Viewmarker Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 13, 2004 Chula Vistamarker Coors Amphitheatre
August 14, 2004 Las Vegasmarker MGM Grand Garden Arenamarker
August 15, 2004 Bakersfieldmarker Centennial Gardens
Asia (CANCELED)
September 1, 2004 Bangkokmarker Thailandmarker Impact Arenamarker
September 2, 2004 Kuala Lumpurmarker Malaysiamarker Merdeka Stadiummarker
September 4, 2004 Dubaimarker UAEmarker Dubai Media Center
Australia (CANCELED)
September 9, 2004 Brisbanemarker Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centremarker
September 10, 2004 Sydneymarker Sydney Entertainment Centremarker
September 12, 2004 Melbournemarker Rod Laver Arenamarker
September 13, 2004 Adelaidemarker Adelaide Entertainment Centremarker
September 15, 2004 Perthmarker Burswood Dome


Box office score data

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
iPayOne Center San Diego 11,578 / 11,578 (100%) $666,015
Glendale Arena Glendale 13,143 / 13,718 (96%) $786,473
Save Mart Center Fresno 12,710 / 13,000 (98%) $760,384
MGM Grand Arena Las Vegas 13,297 / 13,297 (100%) $1,075,105
Staples Center Los Angeles 15,059 / 15,171 (99%) $1,060,057
Oakland Arena Oakland 11,659 / 11,659 (100%) $823,963
Rose Garden Arena Portland 7,781 / 11,562 (62%) $509,675
KeyArena Seattle 10,107 / 11,085 (91%) $650,208
Pepsi Center Denver 11,439 / 15,700 (73%) $639,682
Qwest Center Omaha Omaha 11,871 / 13,567 (87%) $626,871
The MARK of the Quad Cities Moline 8,697 / 10,463 (83%) $516,694
Philips Arenamarker Atlantamarker 12,456 / 14,144 (88%) $793,814
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville 11,227 / 11,227 (100%) $704,961
American Airlines Arena Miami 12,880 / 12,880 (100%) $826,543
TD Waterhouse Centre Orlando 10,189 / 10,189 (100%) $658,295
Wachovia Center Philiadelphia 15,400 / 15,400 (100%) $1,002,316
Air Canada Centre Toronto 15,469 / 16,143 (96%) $993,010
Bell Centre Montreal 12,942 / 12,942 (100%) $857,003
Verison Wireless Arena Manchester NH 9,141 / 9,270 (99%) $602,643
Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence 10,628 / 10,762 (99%) $668,506
Sovereign Bank Arena Trenton 7,411 / 7,411 (100%) $528,784
Continental Airlines Arena New Jersey 17,000 / 17,219 (99%) $959,306
All State Arena Chicago 13,383 / 14,882 (90%) $866,678
The Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit 13,059 / 13,998 (93%) $730,045
Welbemy Arena London 41,852 / 43,840 (95.5%) $2,117,064
Stockholm Globe Arena Stockholm 13,635 / 14,045 (97.1%) $681,891
Halle Tony Garnier Lyon 15,795 / 16,200 (97.5%) $659,889
Budapest Sports Arena Budapest 11,649 / 12,000 (97.1%) $659,538
Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 16,448 / 16,500 (99.7%) $803,558
The Point Dublin 16,461 / 16,500 (99.8%) $868.561
RDS Arena Dublin 25,367 / 27,500 (92.2%) $1,352,383


Critical response

Spears' tour generated mixed reviews.
  • The New York Times: "The Onyx Hotel Tour was a great spectacle, but it was also one of the weakest concept shows since U2's PopMart tour. The staging highlight was Shadow, in which Ms. Spears was raised over the stage in a swing, sitting at the crest of an immense, M-shaped blue ribbon, with performers twirling in the fabric."
  • The Seattle Times: "Last night's show was high on spectacle and low on substance, veering crazily from burlesque to fairy tale to peep show."
  • The Las Vegas Review-Journal gave the show a D- and quotes: "B.S.'s new tour is an unfocused bore of false sexuality, horrible songs, trite choreography, unfocused themes and less ambition than a house cat that sits around licking itself all day."
  • The San Francisco Chronicle: "The huge video displays, specially produced film segments, Cirque du Soleil touches, high-tech staging and grotesque master of ceremonies made Spears' "Onyx Hotel Tour" pure Vegas glitz and spectacle."


Broadcasts and recordings

Parts of the European Leg were chronicled in Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. The Rock in Rio Festival in Lisbonmarker aired live on SIC Radical. Since the show was nestled between already scheduled dates in Dublin, Ireland, the full set was not built. Screens were mounted on the main stage and staircases were assembled resembling the original stage set up. Props such as "the bus" were used. "Oops!...I Did It Again" and "Touch of My Hand" were not performed due to time constraints. A DVD featuring the Rock in Rio concert was released by Showtime in Scandinavian countries on October 5, 2009.

The show at the American Airlines Arena was filmed for a special that aired on Showtime, entitled Britney Spears: Live From Miami - The Onyx Hotel Tour attracted huge ratings. The show was rerun several times that year and still drew significantly large numbers. The show at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena was filmed as a backup to the Miami show.

DVD Release

"Onyx Hotel - Live In Lisbon" was released in some countries on October 2009. The DVD includes all the songs on the setlist excluding only the performances of "Oops!..I did it Again" and "Touch of my Hand". Unusually for Spears the DVD was not released by Jive Records/Zomba Label Group but under the label Showtime. It is unknown if the DVD will be released in the United States.You can buy the onyx hotel tour DVD via ebay international seelers.

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