Archive for March, 2004

Showtime Special

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Thanks to all the people who have emailed me with files regarding this. Unfortunately, we do not currently have enough resources on the site to host really large files. If I could get some donations (see donations page), then I may consider adding some!

Thanks again for emailing me, I would love to help you out with space but I can’t.

Britney Makes More Canadian Dates For 2nd Leg of US tour

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Anyone who thinks that mainstream pop is over and that Britney Spears’ time in the spotlight is through should think again. The bouncy blonde pop star will be playing to packed houses in Montreal and Toronto later this week and, due to popular demand, she’ll bring her Onyx Hotel Tour back to Toronto on its second North American leg this June.

The Onyx Hotel show, once again, is an all-Britney extravaganza with a set that revolves around a mysterious onyx stone that makes Britney’s fantasies come to life. As the press material reads, “wondrous dreams are realized and the darkest of secrets are revealed.” And Miss Britney says that she doesn’t go out of her way to be provocative…

Brit’s new Toronto show will take place on June 27 at the Molson Amphitheatre. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday (April 2) at noon through all Ticketmaster outlets. They’ll cost you $69.50 or $98.50 for reserved seating or $35.50 for lawn seats. While no opening act has been specifically announced for the Toronto show, according to Spears’ website, rapper Eamon is scheduled to do the bulk of the summer tour.

In the meantime, Spears will play Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on April 3 and Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 4. Check local listings for ticket information.

Source: Chart Attack

Onyx Hotel About Sights Not Sounds

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Let’s get one thing straight: A Britney Spears concert is not about the music.

It’s about the spectacle — the campy fun of counting Spears’ costume changes and watching her dance breathlessly for three songs straight, only to come back for more minutes later.

The music? Not the point.

Music purists (and other purists, more on this later) might have a problem with Spears, a passable vocalist who appeared to be lip-syncing for most of her 90-minute show Monday night at the TD Waterhouse Centre.

Considering how hard she was working as a dancer — she glistened with sweat throughout the performance — it was probably difficult for her to sing at all.

Guided by a creepy master of ceremonies who promised an evening of “fun-filled fantasies” and “titillation,” the show took Spears through a variety of colorful, visually stimulating settings in the “Onyx Hotel.”

She burst on stage in Costume No. 1, a black catlike bodysuit, for the current hit “Toxic.” The polished choreography resembled Janet Jackson, circa Rhythm Nation 1814. (Spears, however, didn’t pull a Janet, circa Super Bowl 2004. Everything stayed in place.)

In Costume No. 2, a frilly pink leotard, Spears addressed her infectious bubble-gum hits “Baby One More Time,” “Oops! . . . I Did it Again” and “(You Drive Me) Crazy” in a jarring and dissonant cabaret style.

Thankfully, though, Spears kept the slow ballads to a minimum, sparing us the gag-inducing tunes that defined her teen years.

Her peppy numbers were much more successful, allowing the audience to focus on her dancing.

She didn’t miss a beat throughout the synchronized performance. The choreography was flawless — maybe a little too flawless. Planned down to the breath, the show didn’t give Spears room for improvisation of any sort.

“There are a lot of cute boys in the audience,” she told the crowd of mostly young women in halter tops. And then she alluded to her 55-hour marriage: “Maybe if you’re really lucky, I might marry you.”

Cute, but she’s used that line in every city so far.

Come on, Brit. Give us some personality. Couldn’t you show just a bit of special love for Orlando, your old stomping grounds, the place where you got your big start? Remember your Mouseketeer days?

Then again, there were no Mouse ears in sight.

For weeks the media has buzzed about the show’s sexual nature. But only two songs were purely sexual.

For “Touch of My Hand” Spears wore a flesh-colored sparkly bodysuit and thrashed in a bathtub as silhouettes of entangled lovers flickered onstage.

For “Breathe on Me,” she wore a hot pink bra and panty set and rolled around in bed. Near the end of the song, she took a break from her lip-sync to lip-lock with a dancer.

Racy, sure, but relax, people. The audience was filled mostly with college-age women who can handle this stuff.

Throughout the show, Spears’ team of dancers bolstered the performance, showing commendable artistry in the slower song “Shadow.” As Spears hovered over the stage on a swing, two Cirque du Soleil-style acrobats spun around dangling ribbons. Her band also added a nice touch with a brief detour into an enjoyable, Latin-inspired interlude.

But when you go to Britney Spears show, you have to remember that it’s about the sight, not the sound.

The girl (is she still not yet a woman?) might not have the best voice, but she has her merits as a terrific dancer. And she puts on a fun spectacle.

Inspiring? No. Entertaining? For sure.

Source: Sun-Sentinel

Jada Pinkett Smith was On Stage in Miami

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Actress JADA PINKETT SMITH made a video appearance onstage with BRITNEY SPEARS in Miami, Florida, on Sunday night (28MAR04).

The sexy star played a mystical guide in a video skit on Spears’ ONYX HOTEL TOUR, which was beamed across America.

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS star’s rock group WICKED WISDOM will tour with Spears when the pop superstar travels to Europe.

Source: Contact Music, Anneli

Britney wants to Kiss Elen DeGeneres

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BRITNEY SPEARS thrilled Hollywood’s lesbian community at the GLAAD Awards on Saturday night (27MAR04), when she confessed she’d love to smooch ELLEN DeGENERES.

The pop star kicked off the GAY + LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION event by praising the openly lesbian chat show host on a huge screen above the stage at THE KODAK THEATRE in Los Angeles.

Spears, referring to DeGeneres’ role in hit animated movie FINDING NEMO, stated, “There is no other woman I’d like to kiss more. She’s the voice of the cutest fish… and a real hero for so many people.”

DeGeneres hosted the GLAAD Awards, which honours gays and lesbians in the arts. The event honoured SHARON OSBOURNE, OPRAH WINFREY and ANTONIO BANDERAS for their support of homosexuals.

Source: Contact Music, Anneli

Britney Adds Chinese Dates to Tour

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Britney Spears is planning to perform in five Chinese cities in late September as part of her Asian tour.

Her China tour organiser says the 22-year-old pop singer has agreed to stage five shows – in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Changsha, and possibly Shenyang in northeast China.

The tour is scheduled to begin in Guangzhou on September 24th and conclude on October 1st.

Although the Chinese organiser refuses to reveal the financial details of the tour, he says Spears has made substantial compromises to make her visit to China.

Britney Spears will be one of the most high-profile western pop singer ever to visit China, following Mariah Carey’s tour to Shanghai last year.

She is now in the middle of her American tour, which runs through the summer.

Source: Xinhuanet and Anneli

Some Questions About the Special Answered

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Lots of people having been emailing me so I’ll clear some of the frequently asked ones here..

1. I don’t know where you can download it
2. Madonna did not appear
3. Sean Paul did not appear
4. Britney performed with brown hair (see pics below)
5. Britney apparently sang Everytime, Shadow, Touch of My Hand and Breathe on Me live

When I found out more info I’ll let you know!

Showtime Special Tonight!

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I can’t wait to download this! Fans who haven’t had a chance to experience the Onyx Hotel Tour yet can do so, by tuning into Showtime tonight (you have to pay)

But I’m sure fans like me, who don’t live in the USA will be able to download it tomorrow! I honestly can’t wait, its going to be an amazing show, I think even better than Live From Las Vegas! 😀