Whitney Houston’s tour has been getting a lot of bad press recently. On April 6, the singer was hospitalized in Paris, France and was forced to postpone her upcoming shows in Manchester and Glasgow on April 8, 9 and 11.
Despite these setbacks, on April 13, she performed at Birmingham’s LG Arena in the U.K. After singing for barely 20 minutes, the singer abandoned the stage leaving her backup singers to perform “Queen of the Night” and “For the Love of You.” Shortly after, she returned and attempted to sing one of her famous hit singles, “I Will Always Love You,” but failed miserably.
Whitney’s performance was so disappointing that many fans that had waited to hear her sing began to boo the singer and asked for their money back. Critics weren’t kind to her either. By Wednesday morning, British Web sites and newspapers were calling her performance everything from “horrendous” to “appalling.”
Whitney’s label, Sony Music, was quick to issue a press release following the debacle. “Whitney has showed the world she is back in full force with a strong show to entertain her fans,” it said. Many are not buying it. Rumors are swirling that the pop diva’s battle with drug addictions are to blame for a series of disappointing performances that started soon after her tour began.
Written by Roberte Varasse