After a quick pit stop in her hometown of Kentwood, LA at the start of the weekend, Britney Spears and her children Sean Preston and Jayden James (with touring entourage in tow) made their way to New Orleans for the final dress rehearsals for her first concert tour in 5 years, The Circus starring Britney Spears. A lot is riding on this new tour … a lot has happened in the past 5 years since Britney Spears was a touring live act. So many of her fans are eager to see her up on the stage again … but, so too are her detractors waiting for her to fall. Here are a few photos of our dear Britney, her sons and her father/conservator Jamie Spears as they rolled into town in their massive tour bus yesterday:
The elaborate costumes are packed. The 16 semis filled with magic props and big-top sets are on the road. When Britney Spears takes the stage at the New Orleans Arena on March 3 – the opening night of her Circus tour – the stakes will never be higher. After more than two years of personal drama, the tour will either make or break the professional comeback she began last fall. According to sources, Spears, 27, who left Friday for Louisiana, has been hard at work preparing for the show, which will feature her signature sexy dance moves, a stage filled with three circus rings, and magic tricks. “She’s pretty determined,” a friend tells PEOPLE. “She missed singing and performing and the freedom of that. It gives her an escape and it’s what she loves to do, so she’s definitely thankful to be doing that again.” Though the pop star seemed to be back in old Britney form when she sang “Womanizer” on Good Morning America in December, the concert will be her biggest performance since her disastrous, out-of-shape appearance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. “I’ve got to believe she’s ready and will do a professional show,” Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of the concert trade magazine Pollstar, says. “If she doesn’t, it’s over.” Spears’s last tour, in 2004, was canceled after the singer injured her knee during a video shoot. (She spent her newfound free time with then-boyfriend Kevin Federline; they were engaged that summer.) So far, the buzz for the upcoming 31-city outing is strong. “In general, the tickets have sold very well. Some shows are already sold out,” Bongiovanni says. “Obviously, it means there is significant fan interest in seeing her do her live show. That fact that she’s been off the scene for a while helps with the pent-up demand” …The pop star’s friend worries the tour may be too much for the singer to handle, but notes that “it’s what her team thought was best.” What will make the trip easier is that Federline is taking the couple’s kids on the road so they can keep up their regular visitation schedule with Mom. “Having the boys with her is going to make all the difference,” says a source. “They are the reason she can do this.”
Man, I can’t believe her tour kicks off tomorrow night. We are just hours away from hearing our first reports about this new tour. I’m so torn … I’m dying to see pics but I don’t want to be spoiled. I suspect I’ll take a peek at the professional photos that are taken during the first few songs but I’ll save the rest for when I see the show live myself. I also having a sneaking suspicion that I’ll read a lot of reviews that will most definitely spoil some of the surprises … I can’t help it. Any spoilery info that I post will be marked as such and will be hidden from those of you who wish to remain unspoiled.
I was fortunate enough to see her last tour, The Onyx Hotel Tour (along with her previous Dream Within A Dream, Oops! I Did It Again and (U Drive Me) Crazy tours), live in Detroit, MI before she suffered the fateful knee injury that prematurely ended the tour … and changed her life forever. To be honest, it seems longer than 5 years ago … but it was the very same year that Pink is the new Blog launched. So much has happened since 2004. I am SO pulling for her tour to be a huge success. I’m also trying to keep my expectations from flying into the stratosphere … I think it’s wise to just go in with an open mind and prepare to be wowed. She can deffo do it … I know she can. Are any of y’all seeing her in NoLa tomorrow night?
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]