This was Carey's first tour. She had not done a lot of public singing in her early years in the music industry (partly due to stage fright) and she had become a big star with two top-selling albums and five number one singles before she ever gave a significant performance before a live audience. That had come in 1992 on the MTV Unplugged television program, which got a good reception. Then in July 1993, she had given a concert before a largely private audience in Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, New York, which was used to make an NBC television special and later the Here Is Mariah Carey video release.
Thus in late 1993, she decided to conduct a short United States tour to promote her album Music Box, which had been released two months previously. This meant, however, that she would be starting at the top of the venue scale, playing her first real concerts in arenas, rather than working her way up from smaller venues as is more customary.
Thus, Carey's opening concert at the Miami Arena before 15,000 people drew national media attention. Carey later related that "I was OK until I had to walk up this ramp on to the stage and I heard this deafening scream and it was kinda like everything in my life, this whole incredible whirlwind I'd been going through, it had all been leading up to that insane moment and there I was.... And then they killed me. Not the audience - they knew it was my first show, they were very supportive. I got really bad reviews, though. Well, there were a lot of critics out to get me: this girl's sold all these albums, she's never toured, let's get her. So they did. I turned on the TV in bed that night and the CNN guy was saying, 'The reviews are in and it's bad news for Mariah Carey.' It really hurt me a lot."
In reaction, Carey said that she used her anger to improve her next performance at the Worcester Centrum, and got "rave reviews" as a result. Indeed, The Boston Globe called it "a spectacular performance [which] bowled over the crowd with a confidence that grew before their very eyes," after Carey "shook off her nervousness at the start.” Further, her highest-visibility performance in the tour closer at Madison Square Garden in New York got a very positive review from Jon Pareles of The New York Times, although The Bergen Record gave mixed notices to the sold-out show. But overall the impression was, especially framed by the opening night, that most critics gave negative reviews to the Music Box Tour. In response, Carey said, "As soon as you have a big success, a lot of people don't like that. There's nothing I can do about it. All I can do is make music I believe in."
Carey avoided North America on her next two tours, the 1996 Daydream World Tour and the 1998 Butterfly World Tour, and did not tour the United States again until seven years later during the 2000 Rainbow World Tour.
- "Love Takes Time"
- "Now That I Know"
- "Without You"
- "I Don't Wanna Cry"
- "Make It Happen"
- "All in Your Mind"
- "Just Be Good to Me"
- "I'll Be There"
- "Vision of Love"
- "Anytime You Need a Friend"
- "Emotions" (Outro)
- "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Performed on the final show)
|November 3, 1993||Miami||United States||Miami Arena|
|November 9, 1993||Worcester||United States||Worcester Centrum|
|November 17, 1993||Chicago||United States||Allstate Arena|Rosemont Horizon|
|November 23, 1993||Los Angeles||United States||Universal Amphitheatre|
|December 2, 1993||Philadelphia||United States||Wachovia Spectrum|The Spectrum|
|December 10, 1993||New York||United States||Madison Square Garden|