Christina Aguilera has already had a highly successful tour run in Europe, and in North America, and now she's moving on to Australia and New Zealand. Three of her Australian dates sold out in under an hour, forcing Christina to add three new shows, and her New Zealand date sold out in the same amount of time, also forcing her to add a second show. The Australian cities are Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, and Brisbane, and the New Zealand show is in Auckland.
Her Back to Basics tour has proven to be a fruitful endeavor, nearly selling out every venue in which she has played, all the while receiving rave reviews. The L.A. Times raves "“More than any other mainstream pop artist of her generation, Aguilera
cares about her cultural progenitors — not only music genres such as
blues and soul, but also visual motifs such as the circus and the
speak-easy." They go on to say, "she excels at power ballads — the big, clean-lined weepers that have
really existed only since the 1980s. Aguilera’s traditionalist belting,
based in her study of R&B greats such as Etta James, lends depth
and seriousness to these often slick songs. She treats them like
classics, and her will transforms them.”
Whitney Houston and Madonna combined in one, Christina brings both the vocals and the spectacle in her hour and a half long show, which many have called her best tour to date. Though there is a lot that enhances the show, the focus is always at heart--her voice. O.C. Register said “Christina Aguilera really brought the house down. And then she brought it down again.” The Kansas City Star said “based on the strength of her performance Saturday, the 26-year-old
Aguilera may eventually be elevated to the ranks of Frank Sinatra,
Aretha Franklin and Barbara Streisand as an iconic voice of her time.”
Those in New Zealand and Australia might want to get tickets while they can, because considering how quickly the first set of dates sold out, there's no telling how much time will pass before the second date is sold out, and you'll have to wait another 4 or 5 years before getting a glimpse of Aguilera and her powerhouse pipes.