When the news broke that Sisqo would be on board when 'NSYNC launched its upcoming U.S. tour, a small wave of protest soon followed, as many wondered whether or not Sisqo and his runaway hit "Thong Song" were appropriate for 'NSYNC's seemingly younger audience.
It was two weeks ago that the boy band announced that the Dru Hill singer gone solo would join them on the road (see "Sisqo Confirmed For 'NSYNC Tour"), and almost immediately e-mails began streaming in, as many argued that Sisqo was "totally inappropriate" for 'NSYNC's audience.
Among the dissenters, one dismayed fan noted, "The day that 'NSYNC decides they want to grow out of the 'good guys' reputation is going to be a sad day for the younger generation who respects them," while another 24-year-old 'NSYNC fan told MTV News that she felt that the "Thong Song" was inappropriate even for her, and called the booking a "tragic error in judgment."
Sisqo recently defended his ode to streamlined swimwear to the MTV Radio Network, noting that he is, above all else, a concerned parent. We just got to be responsible as parents to know where to draw the line," Sisqo said, noting that he tried to follow that same advice when writing "Thong Song." Sisqo said that he tried to steer clear of straight up obscenity in favor of less offensive terms like "booty."
"I try my best to be as responsible as possible, and hopefully, at the end of the day, I won't get slaughtered by too many parents when they see that I'm a parent as well," [RealAudio] Sisqo said.
Sisqo will take his apparently family-friendly show on the road with 'NSYNC and Pink beginning May 9 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Here's how the itinerary looks: 5/9 - Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum 5/10 - Little Rock, AR @ ALLTEL Arena 5/11 - Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena 5/12 - Memphis,
TN @ The Pyramid 5/14 - Nashville, TN @ Adelphia Coliseum 5/16 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex 5/17 - Raleigh, NC @ Entertainment & Sports Arena 5/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena 5/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena 5/21 - Orlando, FL @ Orlando Arena 5/22 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Nat'l Car Rental Center 5/23 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Nat'l Car Rental Center 5/24 - Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace 5/25 - Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace 5/27 - New Orleans, LA @ Superdome 5/29 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center 5/30 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center 5/31 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center 6/1 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome 6/2 - Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena 6/5 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena 6/6 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena 6/7 - San Diego, CA @ Sports Arena 6/9 - Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl 6/11 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Stadium 6/13 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome 6/14 - Vancouver,
BC @ GM Place 6/15 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden 6/20 - Denver, CO @ Mile High Stadium 6/23 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center 6/25 - Joliet, IL @ Route 66 Speedway 6/27 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenetein Center 6/28 - St. Louis, MO @ Klehi Center 6/30 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena 7/1 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena 7/2 - Buffalo, NY @ Marine Midland Arena 7/11 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Center 7/12 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Center 7/14 - Cincinnati, OH @ Cynergy Field 7/16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Three Rivers Stadium 7/18 - Pontiac, MI @ Silverdome 7/20 - Philadelphia, PA @The Spectrum 7/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum 7/23 - Foxboro, MA @ Foxboro Stadium 7/25 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden 7/26 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden 7/27 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden 7/28 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden 7/29 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverfront festival 7/30
- Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium