|Eurythmics summer tour 2000
This year Dave and Annie embarked on a short tour around Europe playing some big outdoor summer festivals. A few trips across the ocean to USA got squeezed in as well. The tour came to an unexpected early end when illness forced Annie to go home and take a good long rest.
|10 Apr 2000, Los Angeles
Arista 25 Years of No. 1 Hits
Before the tour started Annie went on her own to pay her respect to Arista boss Clive Davis who signed her as a solo artist in USA in the nineties. She played a piano-only version of "Why" and got a standing applause from the audience. The event was later broadcast by VH1.
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|1 May 2000, Rome University
Jubilee Concert For a Debt Free World
Several artists supported the campaign to relieve underdeveloped countries their dept. The event was organized by the Vatican as a part of the Christian Jubilee year. Eurythmics played "Here comes the rain", "I saved the world today", "There Must be an angel" and "Sweet Dreams". Other acts on the bill included: Alanis Morrisette, Lou Reed, Youssou N'Dour, Noa, Andrea Bocelli. Dave played an acoustic guitar on the first two tracks and an electric on the other two. The concert was recorded by Italian TV RAI2.
|6 Jun 2000, Modena
Pavarotti and Friends
And back to Italy Eurythmics went for another good cause. Italian tenor superstar Luciano Pavarotti invited them to join him and Skunk Anansie, Enrique Iglesias, Aqua and the holy Dalai Lama on the stage for an evening of rather cheesy fun. They even let a children's choir on stage. Eurythmics performed I Saved the World Today in the precense of the Lama and later on Lennox dueted with Pavarotti in a novel version of "There Must Be an Angel". The evening ended with everybody joining in for "All You Need is Love", but unfortunately Annie's efforts were completely drowned out by some screaming Italian rock-chick wannabe. The whole thing was sent live on Italian RAI1 TV. A CD is set for release by Decca in October.
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|Pavarotti fondles Annie at the rehearsal||Annie saved the world again that day||On stage for the encore with George Michael and Pavarotti|
|9 Jun, Nürnberg & 10 Jun, Nürburgring
Rock im Park & Rock am Ring
There was no full band, just the two of them, a keyboard player and some electronics. The sound was sparse, alternatively acoustic and electro, not unlike the early tours in the beginning of Eurythmics. As you can see there were a few surprises on the bill. "This City Never Sleeps" has only been performed live very rarely since the early eighties, and the Neil Young cover "Don't Let it Bring You Down" was also a real treat. Rock im Park was recorded by Bayern3 TV and radio.
|Setlist Rock Im Park
|17 Jun, Imola
Heineken Jammin' Festival
|Setlist Heineken Jammin'
|Back to Italy again...
Too bad the surprise songs were taken out of the programme this time.
|24 Jun, Seattle
|Eurythmics went to Seattle to participate in the giant opening event of Dave's old friend Paul Allen's multi-million pet project the museum of rock "Experience Music Project". Eurythmics' set was well started when in the middle of "Here Comes the Rain Again" a VH1 camera helicopter hovered above the audience like a giant insect totally drowning out the music. D'n'A left the stage, the audience boo-ed the chopper, and finally it went away and Eurythmics carried on where they had left. Annie was in good spirits, apologized and assured the audience she just wanted them to have an optimal music experience, but still the papers next day reported that "Annie Lennox stormed off stage in a fit of rage". The concert was recorded by - you guessed it - VH1.|
|Fighting the helicopters in Seattle...
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|27 Jun, Vienna
Libro Music Festival
|Setlist Libro Festival
I Want It All
|As yet unknown to themselves this was to become the last Eurythmics' performance this summer...|
Annie cancels the show due to back pains
Perhaps she got overwrought from all the touring, perhaps it was just one of those unfortunate coincidences that an old problem should resurface just at this time. The remaining tour dates had to be cancelled in the last minute. Unlucky fans were heartbroken when they arrived at the festival grounds only to find out the sad news.
CANCELLED: 1 Jul, BEL, Torhout/Werchter Festival
A festival in Prague 18 Jun, the Jam 2000 where Eurythmics were set to appear, was cancelled allegedly because of poor ticket sales.