Moment of Truth World Tour

Moment of Truth World Tour
Moment of Truth World Tour
Tour by Whitney Houston
Associated album Whitney
Start date July 4, 1987
End date November 21, 1988
Legs 4
Shows 90 in North America
37 in Europe
15 in Japan
6 in Australia
3 in Hong Kong
Over 151 in total
Whitney Houston tour chronology
Greatest Love World Tour
Moment of Truth World Tour
Feels So Right Tour

The Moment of Truth World Tour was the second worldwide tour by American R&B/Pop singer, Whitney Houston. The tour started in North America during the summer of 1987, following the release of her second album Whitney. The tour continued overseas during 1988 in Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia.



Following the release of Whitney, Houston began promoting the album with a world tour. She began on July 4 in Tampa, Florida, where she played to over 70,000 people. She returned to the Sunshine State where she ended her North American leg at the Orange County Convention Center in December, 1987.

In Europe, Houston visited 12 countries, playing to over half a million fans. Houston played nine consecutive nights at Wembley Arena in London. At the same time, the singer had just broken The Beatles' record of seven consecutive #1 singles in the US. A party was thrown with guests such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, and Clive Davis. Houston cancelled an Italian concert date after agreeing to fly back to London to pay tribute to a then-imprisoned Nelson Mandela who was celebrating his birthday. Houston performed a set at Wembley Stadium, playing to over 72,000 fans during the historic event.[1] Following this, Houston resumed her tour in Italy. In 1988, Houston returned from the European leg to perform a benefit concert for the United Negro College Fund on August 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Houston's only North American date during 1988 after playing 89 dates the previous year. The concert raised over $300 million for the UNCF. [2]

The tour was one of the ten highest-grossing tours of the year.[3] The North American leg of the tour alone grossed over $24 million, enough to make her the second highest-earning female entertainer of the year according to Forbes.[4] In addition, the European leg was sold out.[2]

The Show

Like her previous tour, Houston again performed on a round stage in the center of the arena or auditorium so that everyone can see her. The seven-piece band was situated below her. There were two outfit changes; no stage props. However, unlike her previous tour, Houston called upon three backup dancers during the uptempos. Jonathan Butler and Kenny G opened during the North American leg.

With two albums under her belt, the singer had more material to choose from. She included most of the songs from Whitney, the biggest hits from her debut, as well as the gospel song "He/I Believe". Houston also performed songs from her peers during various concerts, interpreting Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, and Janet Jackson.[5] Like her debut tour, Houston proved herself to be a creative musician. She rearranged most of the songs into soulful jazzy numbers and did a lot of improvisation. The Montreal Gazette said, "Whatever faults the 24-year-old singer has, she is first and foremost a creative musician."[6] The pop hit "How Will I Know" was given a jazzy beginning and gospel-like ending. "You Give Good Love" was slowed down into a steamy and sensual slow jam. Houston often scatted with sax player Jay Davidson on "Just the Lonely Talking Again".[5] Most critics noted "He/I Believe" and "Greatest Love of All" as being the show's highlights.

Despite the praise for her voice and arrangements, many critics noted her lack of dancing and movements. The Richmond Times said "she is about as stiff as a cardboard box."[7] Some noted that she lacked a true personality. Others complained that despite the name of the tour, she followed the same formula as her previous tour.[5]

Opening Act


Additional notes

  • During various concerts in the US, Houston also performed "Just The Lonely Talking Again" and "For The Love Of You".
  • A medley of Anita Baker's "Sweet Love", Janet Jackson's "Control", and Luther Vandross's "Stop To Love" was performed on selected dates. Like her previous tour, and all future tours, Houston included gospel songs into her set.
  • Houston performed a USA Benefit concert for The United Negro College Fund on August 28th, 1988 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. During the show she performed "When I First Saw You" with her brother Gary Houston and mother Cissy Houston as a tribute to the Broadway musical play, "Dreamgirls".

The band

  • Michael Baker - Music conductor
  • Mathew Garrison - Bass Guitar
  • Sherod Barnes - Guitar
  • Shedrick Mitchel - Keyboards
  • Jetro da Silva - Keyboards
  • Michael Baker - Drums
  • Bashiri Johnson - Percussion
  • Valerie Pinkston - Background vocals
  • Sharlotte Gibson - Background vocals
  • Cindy Mizelle - Background vocals
  • Gary Houston - Background vocals

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
July 4, 1987 Tampa United States Tampa Stadium
July 5, 1987 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheatre
July 9, 1987 Providence Civic Center
July 11, 1987 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 12, 1987
July 14, 1987 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
July 17, 1987 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
July 18, 1987 St. Paul Riverfest
July 19, 1987
July 21, 1987 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
July 22, 1987
July 24, 1987 Peoria Peoria Civic Center
July 25, 1987 St. Louis St. Louis Arena
July 26, 1987 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 27, 1987
July 31, 1987 Clarkston Pine Knob
August 1, 1987
August 2, 1987 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Center
August 5, 1987 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
August 7, 1987 Birmingham Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
August 8, 1987 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
August 9, 1987 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
August 12, 1987 Richmond Richmond Coliseum
August 13, 1987 Hershey Hersheypark Stadium
August 14, 1987 Philadelphia The Spectrum
August 16, 1987 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheatre
August 17, 1987
August 24, 1987 Boston Boston Common
August 25, 1987
August 26, 1987
August 28, 1987 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum
August 29, 1987 Ottawa Lansdowne Park
August 30, 1987 Toronto CNE Stadium
September 2, 1987 Saratoga Springs United States Saratoga Performing Arts Center
September 3, 1987 Syracuse War Memorial at Oncenter
September 5, 1987 Providence Providence Civic Center
September 8, 1987 New York City Madison Square Garden
September 9, 1987
September 12, 1987 Lexington Rupp Arena
September 18, 1987 Austin Frank Erwin Center
September 19, 1987 Houston The Summit
September 20, 1987 Dallas Reunion Arena
September 26, 1987 Los Angeles Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
September 27, 1987 San Jose Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 1, 1987 Oakland Oakland Coliseum Arena
October 2, 1987 Los Angeles Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
October 7, 1987 Portland Key Arena
October 9, 1987 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
October 10, 1987
October 11, 1987 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
November 3, 1987 Omaha United States Omaha Civic Auditorium
November 10, 1987 East Rutherford Brendan Byrne Arena
November 21, 1987 Chapel Hill Smith Center[8]
November 27, 1987 New Orleans Superdome
December 2, 1987 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum
December 4, 1987 Tampa Sun Dome
December 5, 1987 Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Sportatorium
December 8, 1987 Orlando Orange County Convention Center
April 19, 1988 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy
April 21, 1988
April 23, 1988
April 24, 1988
April 27, 1988 Birmingham United Kingdom National Exhibition Centre
April 28, 1988
April 30, 1988
May 1, 1988
May 2, 1988
May 4, 1988 London Wembley Arena
May 7, 1988
May 8, 1988
May 11, 1988
May 12, 1988
May 15, 1988
May 16, 1988
May 18, 1988 Paris France Bercy
May 20, 1988 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
May 21, 1988
May 24, 1988 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
May 25, 1988 Oslo Norway Drammenshallen
May 27, 1988 Stockholm Sweden Isstadion
May 28, 1988
May 29, 1988 Gothenburg Scandinavium
June 2, 1988 Berlin Germany Waldbuhne
June 4, 1988 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
June 8, 1988 Rome Italy Paleur
June 9, 1988
June 12, 1988 Milan Palatrussardi
June 13, 1988
June 16, 1988 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
June 18, 1988 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
June 19, 1988
June 21, 1988
June 23, 1988 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
June 24, 1988
June 26, 1988
North America
August 28, 1988 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
September 21, 1988 Hiroshima Japan Hiroshima Green Arena
September 22, 1988 Fukuoka Kokusai Center
September 26, 1988 Tokyo Nippon Budōkan
September 27, 1988
September 28, 1988
October 1, 1988 Osaka Osaka-jō Hall
October 2, 1988
October 5, 1988 Nagoya Nippon Gaishi Hall
October 6, 1988
October 7, 1988 Shizuoka Kusanagi Athletic Stadium
October 11, 1988 Sapporo Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena
October 13, 1988 Sendai Sendai Gymnasium
October 15, 1988 Yokohama Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
October 16, 1988 Tokyo Nippon Budōkan
October 17, 1988
October 22, 1988 Melbourne Australia National Tennis Centre
October 25, 1988 Canberra National Indoor Sports Centre
October 31, 1988 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
November 7, 1988 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
November 8, 1988
November 11, 1988 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Hong Kong
November 18, 1988 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Coliseum
November 19, 1988
November 20, 1988

Note: Not all the North American dates are listed.

Broadcast / Recordings

One of the Wembley Arena shows in London was recorded and broadcast live on Rai Uno TV in Italy. There were no recordings released to the public.


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b "Choices". Newsday. August 26, 1988, Page 02
  3. ^ MacDonald, Patrick. "U2, Bon Jovi were top concert acts of 1987". Seattle Times. January 15, 1988. Page 5. Retrieved May 16, 2008
  4. ^ "Bill Cosby Leads the Millionaire Entertainers". San Francisco Chronicle. September 7, 1987
  5. ^ a b c Bream, Jon. "Houston is sensational - if you like glitz and glamour". The Minneapolis Star and Tribune. July 19, 1987
  6. ^ Griffin, John. "Whitney Delivers but Stage Presence Slips". Montreal Gazette. August 29, 1987
  7. ^ Young, Monte R. "Houston Leaves Fans In Awe Of Her Voice". Richmond Times. August 13, 1987
  8. ^ Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses (p42). Billboard. 1987-12-26. Retrieved 2009-11-18. 

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