Last week, Whitney Houston's much-anticipated European tour stalled due to an alleged relapsed drug addiction. After addressing the rumors and blaming the cancellations on a "respiratory infection," the 'I Will Always Love You' diva finally kicked off the European leg of her world tour last night in Birmingham, England.
Though Houston graced the U.K. audience with classics from her illustrious catalog of hits, fans grew a bit apprehensive once she left her set for a lengthy wardrobe change.
People magazine reported the 15,000 fans in attendance began to boo the songstress despite the fact that her brother, Gary Houston, attempted to entertain them with a not so enlightening solo performance of Whitney's hit 'I'm Every Women.'
Not one to displease her admirers, Houston returned to the stage 15 minutes later.
Fans noted that she had trouble hitting certain high notes and often appeared winded. She went onto apologize for the unexpected interval.
"Thank you for being understanding, letting me dry off and change my clothes," she said. "I heard you get mad ... but I understand, I'm here now," which prompted her to later ask the arena staff, "If there is any [air-conditioning] in the house, please turn it off. I just got over a really bad cold. ... Please make it quick!"
After last week's reported hospitalization, Houston told People magazine that she is now "feeling great" and "ready to move on and continue my world tour," calling the drug abuse rumors "ridiculous" and stating, "At this point, I just don't respond. I don't even read it."
She plans to reschedule four of her earlier shows.
Whitney Houston's 'Nothing But Love World Tour' continues through June 17.
Confirmed 'Nothing But Love World Tour' Dates
April 14 Nottingham - Trent FM Arena
April 17 Dublin - The O2
April 18 Dublin - The O2
April 20 Dublin - The O2
April 22 Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena
April 25 London - The O2 arena
April 26 London - The O2 arena
April 27 London - The O2 arena
April 30 Tenerife - Recinto Portuario de Santa Cruz
May 1 Glasgow – S.E.C.C.
May 3 Milan - Forum
May 4 Rome - Palalottomatica
May 9 Zurich - Hallenstadion
May 10 Geneva - Grand Sacconex
May 12 Berlin – O2 World
May 13 Leipzig – Arena
May 16 Hannover – TUI Arena
May 17 Hamburg – Colorline Arena
May19 Vienna – Stadthalle
May 21 Munich – Olympiahalle
May 22 Stuttgart – Schleyerhalle
May 24 Antwerp – Sportpaleis
May 26 Oberhausen – Arena
May 27 Nuernberg – Nuernberger Versicherungen
May 29 Mannheim – SAP Arena
May 31 Frankfurt – Festhalle
June 1 Paris, - Omnisport
June 3 Copenhagen – Forum
June 4 Copenhagen – Forum
June 6 Stavanger Norway – Stavanger Koncerthus
June 8 Stockholm – The Globe Arena
June 10 Helsinki – Hartwall Arena
June 16 Manchester – M.E.N. Arena
June 17 Manchester – M.E.N. Arena