Of course, Brit wasn't able to finish the Onyx jaunt; she had arthroscopic surgery on her knee, which forced her to
Needless to say, it wasn't the arena-packing Spears of old — which is why we're not counting it. What we're focusing on here is the big-venue, big-production Britney we all grew up with, and the one that, thanks to the success of her Circus album, is most definitely back.
And her Circus tour is definitely going to be a big deal. Featuring the
A long while. In fact, here's a look back at the way things were all the way back on June 6, 2004, the last date Brit completed on Onyx, and the last time she toured for real. Needless to say, it was a much simpler time back then.
The last time Britney toured ...
» She hadn't even gotten engaged to Kevin Federline (this was still just six months after her 55-hour Las Vegas wedding to Jason Alexander) and was still more than a year away from giving birth to her first child, Sean Preston.
» Facebook was just four months old (and was still called "The Facebook"), MySpace was less than a year old, and people still used Friendster. There were no iPhones, and iPods still featured monochrome screens (you could purchase songs off the newly created iTunes Music Store, though).
» Perez Hilton had yet to launch his infamous Web site (or even its first incarnation, PageSixSixSix.com), Saddam Hussein was awaiting trial by the Iraqi Special Tribunal and George W. Bush was just one year removed from his "Mission Accomplished" speech. John Kerry was the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Barack Obama had yet to be elected to the U.S. Senate and was still one month away from delivering his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.