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TLC’s first headlining tour, the “FanMail Tour” lasted from October 22, 1999 until January 29, 2000.  The tour went through several revisions.  The original tour itinerary had additional dates, including an international leg, but was scrapped and changed shortly before the tour started.  According to TLC’s official website at the time, the international leg was cancelled for the following reason: “TLC’s tour of Japan has officially been canceled due to concern over T-Boz’s health.  Because of her fatigue after the US tour and the severe winter weather, her physician has prescribed a well-earned rest.”  You can have a look at the original tour itinerary in the links above.  Leg 1 of the tour had openings acts Destiny’s Child, Marc Nelson, and Ideal.  K-Ci & JoJo were also set to open on this leg, however they cancelled last minute for unknown reasons.  Leg 2 of the tour had Christina Aguilera, Blaque, and Vega as opening acts.  The FanMail Tour had a few sold out shows, however much of the tour sold poorly.  To make some money, Left Eye came up with the idea to sell the show to Pay-Per-View called TLC: Sold Out, which at the time became Pay-Per-View’s highest grossing televised special and aired March 18, 2000. The tightly choreographed concert featured a five-piece band, seven dancers, plenty of cybertechnics, and a giant-screen android named “Virtual Vic-E”.

At the time, TLC had to address the incessant rumors that they were breaking up. Lisa Lopes told the Daily News, “A lot of people are under the impression that I’m leaving the group. That’s not the case…” She also added, “The magic of the group has everything to do with the chemistry between myself, Tionne and Chilli…with TLC, it’s like, if there wasn’t something going wrong, it just wouldn’t be right.”  The tour wrapped up in their hometown of Atlanta, the day before Super Bowl XXXIV took place. Mayor Bill Campbell gave the group a key to the city and declared January 29th, “TLC Day”.

The Fanmail Tour was sponsored by MP3.com and Sephora.  TLC provided a brand new track called “I Need That” which was released on MP3.com for charity and free to download for fans.  The event was called “Dime A Download,” and 10 cents from every download (up to a million) went to the Sickle-Cell Disease Association.  TLC also made an appearance at the New York City Sephora store on 12/2/1999 to meet fans and sign CD’s as part of their tour promotion with Sephora.

According to Left Eye, the FanMail Tour was actually a money-losing venture.  “Our show is incredible, but the tour was not properly promoted.  We’re doing venues that seat 12,000 to 15,000 people, so you can imagine how empty it looks when only 3,000 people show up.  Well lets say we spend about $400,000 a week to keep the show on the road.  We have a staff of about 50 or more people.  That includes dancers, road managers, production manager, all of the above.  And it also includes renting the buses, hotels, per diems…all of that adds up to almost $400,000 a week.  Now if we’re making only $125,000 a night and we’re only doing 3 or 4 shows a week, you add it up.  You know, it equals zero.  At the end of the day there’s no profit.  We we were presented with this problem before we left out on the road, but Tionne, Chilli, and Bill [TLC’s manager] figured that it would be better to go out on the road, put on a great show, and get better guarantees for next year and hope for great reviews and things of that nature.  But it wasn’t properly promoted. So we just have a lot of odds against us.  I think we should pack up, sell it to Pay-Per-View or Showtime and let everyone in the world see the show instead of the 3,000 people that have been showing up to the 15 cities that we’re playing in – put a little bit of cash in our pockets…”

 

Leg 1:  

  OCT  
22
’99
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Center
(initially scheduled for 10.16 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  OCT  
23
’99
Montreal, QC
Forum Arena
(initially scheduled for 10.15 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  OCT  
25
’99
Ottowa, ON
Coral Center
(initially scheduled for 10.13 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  OCT  
27
’99
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  OCT  
29
’99
Dayton, OH
EJ Nutter Center
TLC, Ideal, Marc Nelson (no Destiny’s Child)
  OCT  
31
’99
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
2
’99
Greenville, SC
Bi-Lo Center
(initially scheduled for 10.21 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
5
’99
Raleigh, NC
Entertainment & Sports Arena
(initially scheduled for 10.27 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
7
’99
Hampton, VA
Hampton Coliseum
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
9
’99
Toledo, OH
Savage Hall (at University of Toledo)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
12
’99
Hartford, CT
Civic Center
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
13
’99
Providence, RI
Civic Center
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
15
’99
Albany, NY
Pepsi Arena
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
18
’99
Buffalo, NY
Marine Midland Arena
(initially scheduled for 11.16 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
20
’99
Pittsburgh, PA
Civic Arena
(initially scheduled for 11.03 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV 
22
’99
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center
(initially scheduled for 11.26/11.20 in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
  NOV  
24
’99
Indianapolis, IN (cancelled due to illness)
Conseco Fieldhouse
(Market Square Arena in first tour draft)
TLC, Destiny’s Child, Ideal, Marc Nelson
*Cancelled due to illness.

Leg 2:

  JAN  
3
’00
San Diego, CA (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Sports Arena
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
7
’00
Anaheim, CA
Coliseum
(initially scheduled for 10.13 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
7
’00
Las Vegas, NV (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Mandalay Bay Arena
(initially scheduled for 10.13 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
8
’00
Oakland, CA
Arrowhead Pond
(initially scheduled for 12.11 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
10
’00
Seattle, WA
Key Arena
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
11
’00
Portland, OR
Rose Garden
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
14
’99
Chicago, IL (cancelled – unknown reason)
Allstate Arena
(initially scheduled for 11.26 at Rosemont Horizon in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
16
’00
Detroit, MI
Palace of Auburn HIlls
(initially scheduled for 10.29 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN 
18
’00
Cleveland, OH (cancelled – unknown reason)
CSU Convocation Center
(initially scheduled for 11.18 and 11.07 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
20
’00
Boston, MA
Fleet Center
(initially scheduled for 11.09 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
21
’00
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
23
’00
Washington, DC
MCI Center
(initially scheduled for 11.14 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
25
’00
Philadelphia, PA (cancelled – Blizzard/Winter Weather)
First Union Center
(initially scheduled for 10.31 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
27
’00
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (cancelled – unknown reason)
National Car Rental Center
(initially scheduled for 10.23 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega
  JAN  
29
’00
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
(initially scheduled for 12.19 in first tour draft)
TLC, Christina Aguilera, Blaque, Vega

 

International Leg:

  FEB  
28
’00
Nagoya, Japan (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Rainbow Hall
TLC
  MAR  
1
’00
Osaka, Japan (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Osaka-Jo Hall
TLC
  MAR  
2
’00
Osaka, Japan (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Osaka-Jo Hall
TLC
  MAR  
4
’00
Yokohama, Japan (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Yokohama Arena
TLC
  MAR  
6
’00
Tokyo, Japan (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Yoyogi Olympic Hall
TLC
  MAR  
8
’00
Tokyo, Japan (cancelled prior to going on sale)
Yoyogi Olympic Hall
TLC