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."[1] 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".[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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."[6] The documentary showcased behind-the-scenes footage, rehearsals and live performances throughout Europe.[7][8] 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 was never commercially released. The footage from Close Up was later used in the documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me, which aired on Showtime in 2017.[9]

Opening acts


North America
  1. "Get It Back"
  2. "Heartbreak Hotel" (contain elements of "This Place Hotel")
  3. "If I Told You That"
  4. "You Give Good Love" / "Saving All My Love for You" / "Until You Come Back"
  5. "Oh Yes"
  6. "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
  7. "I Learned from the Best"
  8. "Higher Ground" (performed by Gary Houston)
  9. "I'm Every Woman"
  10. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  11. "How Will I Know"
  12. "In My Business"
  13. "I Love the Lord"
  14. "I Go to the Rock"
  15. "My Love Is Your Love" (contain elements of "My Love Is Your Love (Salaam Remix)"
  16. "I Believe in You and Me" / "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" / "It Hurts Like Hell" (contain elements of "The Glory of Love")
  17. "I Will Always Love You"
  18. "It's Not Right But It's Okay"
  1. "Get It Back"
  2. "Heartbreak Hotel" (contain elements of "This Place Hotel")
  3. "If I Told You That"
  4. "Saving All My Love for You" / "Until You Come Back"
  5. "I Learned from the Best"
  6. "Step by Step"
  7. "Change the World" (performed by Gary Houston)
  8. Medley Reprise: "I Have Nothing" / "I'm Your Baby Tonight" / "Run to You" / "Queen of the Night" (performed by backing vocalists)
  9. "My Love Is Your Love" (contain elements of "My Love Is Your Love (Salaam Remix)"
  10. "I'm Every Woman"
  11. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
  12. "How Will I Know"
  13. "Jesus Loves Me"
  14. "I Love the Lord"
  15. "I Go to the Rock"
  16. "I Believe in You and Me" / "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" / "It Hurts Like Hell" (contain elements from "The Glory of Love")
  17. "I Will Always Love You"
  18. "It's Not Right But It's Okay"


  • The European Leg included performances of "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" on November 8.
  • "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and "Amazing Grace" was performed at select dates in Europe.

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America[11]
June 22, 1999 Chicago United States Arie Crown Theater
June 23, 1999
June 25, 1999 Detroit Fox Theatre
June 26, 1999
June 29, 1999 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
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
July 9, 1999
July 11, 1999 Wallingford SNET Oakdale Theatre
July 14, 1999 New York City The Theater at Madison Square Garden
July 15, 1999
July 17, 1999 Philadelphia Mann Center for the Performing Arts
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
July 30, 1999
August 22, 1999[A] Sopot Poland Opera Leśna
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 Sportpaleis van Ahoy
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 Sportpaleis van Ahoy
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"[13]
B This concert is a part of "Stoppelmarkt"[14]
C This concert is a part of the "Open-Air-Wochenende"
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
July 3, 1999 Newark, New Jersey Prudential Hall Cancelled[15]
July 23, 1999 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum Cancelled[15]
July 24, 1999 St. Louis, Missouri Fox Theatre Cancelled[15]
August 1, 1999 Concord, California Concord Pavilion Cancelled[15]
September 29, 1999 Prague, Czech Republic Sportovní hala Cancelled[15]

Box office score data

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
Fox Theatre Detroit 9,575 / 9,575 (100%) $752,653[16]
Wang Theatre Boston 7,302 / 7,370 (99%) $553,043[16]
The Theater at Madison Square Garden New York City 10,714 / 10,866 (99%) $802,323[17]
Universal Amphitheatre Los Angeles 12,294 / 12,378 (99%) $873,140[18]


  • 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


Alan Jacobs:Director of Security


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