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Daydream world tour

The Daydream World Tour was a 1996 concert tour by Mariah Carey in support of her 1995 album "Daydream."

The tour began on March 7, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan and ended in London, England on June 23, 1996.

Mariah performed three shows in Asia during the month of March and four shows in Europe of June 1996.

Tour Background

The Daydream World Tour was Mariah Carey's second tour, after her 1993 Music Box Tour and her first tour to have dates out of the United States.

The tour is her second shortest tour to date, with the shortest being the "Music Box Tour."

This tour established Mariah's concert-going fan base in Japan; all of her subsequent tours would also visit that country except for the Angel Advocates tour, a regularity unusual for an American artist.

The tickets for Mariah's three Tokyo Dome concerts, totaling over 150,000 seats, sold out in under three hours, making it the fastest selling show in the Tokyo Dome's history.

Stage

The stage set for the tour was perhaps the largest Mariah has performed on. It contained three sections: center stage, left flank, and right flank.

Center stage contained two platforms where the band and backup singers were situated, a center set of stairs, a curved staircase to the right, a giant screen at the center, a huge chandelier suspended from the ceiling, and a giant cylindrical cage with an elevating platform in the middle for Mariah to make her entrance at the start of the show, then moved aside when not needed.

The left and right flanks were both the same: they had long runways extending outwards in opposite directions, the walls changed colors throughout the show for ambiance, and at the end were smaller screens so the audience could see Mariah performing.

Concert Synopsis

The concert began with "Daydream Interlude" (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix), with Mariah being taken down the cage on the elevating platform. She ad libbed the words to the song quietly over the microphone and the song stopped when she opened the cage's doors, and the lights flicked on and off rapidly as she greeted the audience.

The band then started playing "Emotions." The intro to the song was cut in half and the ending skipped from the last chorus to the famous whistle register notes at the song's end. She then sang her rendition of the Journey classic "Open Arms."

The next song Mariah performed was her then-single at the time, "Forever." She moved over to the set of stairs on the right side of center stage and surprised her fans by singing "I Don't Wanna Cry", a move most unexpected, since she has stated that she tries to sing the song as rarely as possible. After her song ended, the band continued playing an instrumental version of the song while she was offstage, changing costumes for the next section of the concert.

Music began playing again combining synths and chimes as an extended version of the intro to the lead single of Daydream, "Fantasy." Mariah performed the original version of the song, as opposed to singing the "Bad Boy Remix" of the song as she did during the "Butterfly" and other later tours.

A group of dancers joined Mariah during the performance, using the same dance moves seen in the song's music video. She then spoke briefly with the audience, telling them that she wanted them to sing with her during the next song, "Always Be My Baby." The part she taught with them was "Do Do Doop," and told them that it was a competition between each section of the stadium on who could sing it the loudest.

Mariah then presented her band members and exited the stage to change outfits yet again while the band performed the Rufus & Chaka Khan hit "Ain't Nobody."

The lights dimmed a dark blue and purple color, and on screen appeared stock footage of Boyz II Men from the "Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden" concert in October of 1995. The band began playing "One Sweet Day."

Because of schedule conflicts between Mariah and Boyz II Men, the group was unable to tour with her, so during the song at all the concerts, Boyz II Men's parts from the album cut were played over the speakers and footage of them appeared on the center screen, while she continued to sing live.

After the song was over, the curtains fell, and Mariah sang her "favorite song from the new album": "Underneath the Stars," followed by her rendition of the Badfinger song "Without You." She was then accompanied by the Chapel of Hope Choir in singing "Make It Happen." After the lights went down at the end of the song, she left the stage for yet another costume change.

The lights suddenly flickered on, and a R&B/dance instrumental played while a dancer appeared and started breakdancing. He was then joined by a group of other dancers, followed by Mariah, who began singing a cover of The SOS Band's "Just Be Good to Me." She sang "Dreamlover" and then left the stage for one final costume change.

A familiar synth intro started playing and Mariah began singing her first single, "Vision of Love" as she appeared at the top of the winding staircase. She continued singing as she slowly made her way down the stairs. Once the song was over, she sang her signature song, "Hero."

Mariah dedicated the last song of the show "Anytime You Need a Friend" to the audience; she was accompanied once again by the Chapel of Hope choir and started off with the album version. She then surprised the audience by transitioning into the more upbeat C&C Remix version of the song and she exited the stage via the spiraling staircase while the choir, band & dancers continued the song, thus ending the concert.

For the Tokyo Dome concerts, following the performance of "Anytime You Need a Friend," Mariah would return to the stage and perform her biggest Japanese hit, "All I Want for Christmas Is You", as an encore for her fans.

Footage of the home video version of the music video played while Mariah wore the red dress and go-go boots from the black-and-white 1960s music video. She exited the stage through the elevator cage, ending the concert with one last kiss to her fans over the microphone.

Setlist

  1. "Daydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix)"
  2. "Emotions"
  3. "Open Arms"
  4. "Forever"
  5. "I Don't Wanna Cry"
  6. "Fantasy"
  7. "Always Be My Baby"
  8. "Ain't Nobody (band)"
  9. "One Sweet Day"
  10. "Underneath the Stars"
  11. "Without You"
  12. "Make It Happen"
  13. "Just Be Good to Me"
  14. "Dreamlover"
  15. "Vision of Love"
  16. "Hero"
  17. "Anytime You Need a Friend"

During the shows in Japan, Mariah closed with a performance of "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

Concert Dates

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, and venue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Asia
March 7, 1996 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome 150,000 / 150,000 rowspan="3" Template:N/a
March 10, 1996
March 14, 1996
Europe
June 14, 1996 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle rowspan="4" Template:N/a rowspan="4" Template:N/a
June 17, 1996 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
June 20, 1996 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 23, 1996 London United Kingdom Wembley Arena

Broadcasts and Recordings

Mariah's performance of "Forever" at the Tokyo Dome is the official music video for that song. The video took footage from the performance, and is intercut with black-and-white footage of Mariah exploring Japan that was handpicked by her.

Mariah announced during the Ahoy Rotterdam concert that the performance of "Underneath the Stars" was going to be the official music video for the song, but that video never came to fruition.

The performances from "Fantasy", "Always Be My Baby", "Underneath the Stars," "Make It Happen", "Dreamlover", "Hero", and "Anytime You Need a Friend" from the Tokyo Dome concert were used in the 1996 Fox network TV special "Mariah Carey: New York to Tokyo."

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