Whitney joined the stage with Dionne Warwick and Natalie Cole on their “Soul Divas Tour” in 2004. They played three dates together on that tour. The concert in Berlin got cancelled due to slow ticket sales. The only song they performed together was “That’s What Friends Are For”.
02.07.2004 – Berlin, Brandenburger Tour (cancelled)
07.07.2004 – Hamburg, Color Line Arena (sold out)
09.07.2004 – München, Olympiahalle
11.07.2004 – Oberhausen, Oberhausen Arena
Set List (from Oberhausen)
First Dionne sang her part and then Natalie, after they re-arranged the stage and Whitney came on:
Get It Back
You Light Up My Life
Saving All Her Love
Greatest Love Of All
All At Once
You Give Good Love
Tribute to Luther (Never Too Much)
Step By Step
Wishing and Hoping (with Dionne Warwick)
Alfie (with Dionne Warwick)
It’s Not Right But It’s Okay
Change The World (sung by Gary Houston)
I Go To The Rock
This will be…an Everlasting Love! (with Natalie Cole)
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
How Will I Know
I Will Always Love You
That’s What Divas Are For (with Dionne and Natalie)
Whitney Houston Returns in Own ‘Divas’ Show
Officially, Wednesday night’s concert in Hamburg, Germany, was billed as the “Soul Divas”: Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole and Whitney Houston. But by evening’s end, reports PEOPLE, the show belonged to Houston.
The sellout crowd of 12,000 at the town’s Colorline Arena cheered loudest when Houston, 40, appeared onscreen in video clips shown between sets by Warwick – who is Houston’s cousin – and then Cole, 55, who followed the 62-year-old “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” singer on the program.
Two hours into the show, when Houston finally appeared onstage, the crowd rose to its feet.
“It’s been such a long time since I performed in Germany – too long, thank you,” the six-time Grammy winner told fans. “It’s been such a long time since I performed, period,” she added with a shrug.
The singer, who spent time in a substance-abuse facility in March and has not toured since 1999, was dressed in a figure-hugging silvery-gray corseted gown that she had to keep pulling up. At one point, Houston asked Warwick to entertain the audience while she scurried offstage to adjust her dress as several security guards blocked her from public view.
“No, the people didn’t pay enough for that,” Warwick hooted as she caught sight of what Houston was doing.
Joked Houston as she returned center stage: “We’re not gonna do a Janet Jackson here in Germany.”
The show was, as Warwick called it, “a trip down memory lane” for all three singers. Houston’s husband, Bobby Brown, escorted her on and offstage and watched from a seat in stage left as his wife delivered her greatest hits, including “How Will I Know” and “Saving All My Love.”
She also pulled Brown into the spotlight for a few steps during her rendition of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” She closed her set by kneeling in the center of the stage, as if in prayer, before suddenly popping up and blowing kisses goodbye.
She returned 15 minutes later for a finale with Cole and Warwick – the only time all three “soul divas” appeared together. Their song: “That’s What Friends Are For.”
The German mini-tour will continue Friday in Munich, and on July 22 Houston will make her Chinese debut in Shanghai.
(people.com – By Courtney Rubin and Stephen M. Silverman – Thursday July 08, 2004 08:00 AM EDT)