Sunday, April 21, 2024

Mariah Carey Hasn’t Sung Her Biggest Hit, “Vision of Love,” Once on Current Tour


Imagine if Barbra Streisand didn’t sing “People.” Or if Aretha Franklin didn’t end her show with “Respect.” Or Paul McCartney dropped “Yesterday” from his song list.

That’s what’s happened to Mariah Carey. She hasn’t sung her first, and arguably biggest, hit once on her spring tour of the UK and Scandinavia that began back on March 15th. In fact, Mariah hasn’t sung any songs from her first, self titled album from 1990, or even her latest release, “Infinity.”

The other songs she used to sing regularly from the first album were “Love Takes Time” and “Someday.” But like “Vision of Love” they are all hard to perform with assistance in plain view. It’s not like it’s 1990 anymore. Most of the songs she’s performing now on tour can be prettied up with not so visible augmentation.

The last time Mariah performed “Vision of Love” was in Las Vegas in February, and it went pretty well (there is something obvious background vocal help, etc, but she gets it done).

Maybe she’s just tired of those songs. But she hasn’t tired of the songs she IS singing. Her set list on tour has been exactly the same without any variation. Considering Mariah touts her “14 number 1’s” or whatever, I’m surprised she hasn’t mixed it up at all. Not once.

The “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour” continues through Europe, ending in Johanessburg, South Africa on May 2nd. Maybe Mariah will change her mind, and kick “Vision of Love” back into the set.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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