MTV News Online
When teen pop star Christina Aguilera kicked off her headlining tour Monday night at the Sandstone Amphitheater in Kansas City, Mo., she came packing a trunk full of new looks for the trek.
"You'll be seeing a lot of different looks on the tour," Aguilera said on Monday, just hours before she hit the stage. The day of the tour launch, those "different looks" included a three-toned pigtailed hairdo somewhere between TLC in their "No Scrubs" video and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani.
Aguilera's other fashion statements, as well as her stage set, are shaped by such hit videos as "Genie in a Bottle" (RealAudio excerpt) and "What a Girl Wants" (RealAudio excerpt), as well as her latest, "Come On Over (All I Want Is You)."
"Paul Hunter directed the ["Come On Over"] video, and we came up with a lot of different looks," Aguilera explained. "I did dye my hair red and blue, so it's blue, red, and blond right now, which I'm kind of psyched about, kicking off the tour with a different look. This is one of the looks that I'm sporting throughout the show, actually. The whole show opens with a genie-esque Arabian vibe, so I'm playing on that with certain hairstyles and clothing and musical intonation. It's a hot show."
For Aguilera, the headlining trek gives her a chance to really flex her onstage muscles after opening up for TLC and making the rounds on the radio-show circuit. So far, she is relishing the chance to put on a show that is uniquely hers.
"I couldn't be more thrilled that this is my first headlining tour," Aguilera said. "This has been a lifelong dream of mine. Looking up to incredible female performers like Madonna and Janet Jackson was kind of like my beginning, so I'm really, really excited.
"Of course, if it's your own headlining tour, you have a more hands-on say about what goes on with your tour, about what you want, and I've definitely put my visions into place," she said. "We put together a really fun show. We've got a live DJ to give it an edgy feel, along with certain costume changes. I'm totally rocking out on a couple of songs. There's a lot of surprises along the way.
"Expect the unexpected," Aguilera added.
Christina Aguilera tour dates:
Aug. 1; Maryland Heights, Mo.; Riverport Amphitheater
Aug. 3; Kearney, Neb.; Buffalo County Fair
Aug. 4; Omaha, Neb.; Douglas County Fair; Aksarben Coliseum
Aug. 56; Indianapolis, Ind.; Deer Creek Music Center
Aug. 7; Antioch, Tenn.; AmSouth Amphitheater
Aug. 10; Des Moines, Iowa; Iowa State Fair
Aug. 11; Springfield, Ill.; Illinois State Fair
Aug. 13; Sedalia, Mo.; Missouri State Fair
Aug. 15; Midland, Mich.; Midland County Fair
Aug. 16; Columbus, Ohio; Ohio State Fair; Celeste Center
Aug. 18; Louisville, Ky.; Kentucky State Fair; Freedom Hall
Aug. 19; Chicago, Ill.; United Center
Aug. 21; Cincinnati, Ohio; Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 23; Cleveland, Ohio; Gund Arena
Aug. 24; Clarkston, Mich.; Pine Knob Music Theater
Aug. 26; Burgettstown, Pa.; Post Gazette Pavilion; Star Lake
Aug. 28; Minneapolis, Minn.; Minnesota State Fair
Aug. 30; Buffalo, N.Y.; Darien Lake PAC
Aug. 31; Burlington, Vt.; Champlain Valley Expo
Sept. 1; Hartford, Conn.; Meadows Music Theatre
Sept. 3; Syracuse, N.Y.; New York State Fair
Sept. 4; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept. 6; Holmdel, N.J.; PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept. 8; Wantagh, N.Y.; Jones Beach Amphitheater
Sept. 9; Mansfield, Mass.; Tweeter Center
Sept. 11; Virginia Beach, Va.; GTE VA Beach Amphitheater
Sept. 15; Camden, N.J.; Blockbuster/Sony E-Center
Sept. 16; Columbia, Md.; Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sept. 18; Charlotte, N.C.; Blockbuster Pavilion
Sept. 20; Atlanta, Ga.; Philips Arena
Sept. 22; Orlando, Fla.; TD Waterhouse Center
Sept. 23; Tampa, Fla.; Ice Palace
Sept. 25; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Mars Music Amphitheatre
Sept. 27; New Orleans, La.; Nat Kiefer UNO Lakefront
Sept. 29; Woodlands, Texas; Woodlands Pavilion
Sept. 30; Dallas, Texas; North Texas State Fair & Rodeo
Oct. 5; Denver, Colo.; Magness Arena
Oct. 8; Phoenix, Ariz.; America West Arena
Oct. 10; San Diego, Calif.; Coors Amphitheatre
Oct. 1112; Los Angeles, Calif.; Universal Amphitheatre
Oct. 14; Marysville, Calif.; Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre
Oct. 15; Concord, Calif.; Chronicle Pavilion
Oct. 18; Portland, Ore.; Rose Garden Arena
Oct. 19; Seattle, Wash.; Key Arena