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The Simply Deeper Tour was the debut concert tour by American R&B recording artist Kelly Rowland. It was launched in support of her debut solo album Simply Deep (2002). The Simply Deeper Tour only reached Europe.

Touring Europe

This was Rowland’s first concert tour as a solo artist and it was used to promote her debut solo studio album, Simply Deep. The concert embarked on a seventeen date tour, hitting up seventeen European cities between September 2003 and October 2003.While Rowland enjoyed moderate success in North American countries such as the U.S. and Canada, her album was a commercial success in the European market and was certified gold or platinum in six countries. Simply Deep also peaked in the top twenty within nine European countries, peaking at number one in both the U.K. and Ireland. Rowland was originally set to embark on her tour at the beginning of April 2003, but pushed the tour back to September 2003 because of fears regarding the ongoing wars with Afghanistan and Iraq.

Critical response

While the tour received limited reviews, the Simply Deeper Tour’s London show appeared to be well received. Melisa Tang of the U.K. online entertainment webazine, The Situation, states, “Even though the Hammersmith Apollo was smaller than other venues this girl is probably used to, Kelly had given it her all, and it had certainly paid off. Everyone left the auditorium buzzing with delight, and even I was surprised at how this once shy teenager had blossomed into a strong, confident young woman.” Lisa Verrico of The Times had mixed reviews of Rowland’s London show. “There’s no question that Rowland has an outstanding voice and there were a surprising number of good songs in her set.” Verrico acknowledges before claiming, “The snag was that they weren’t as good as DC’s best.”

Opening acts

  • Motley
  • Shawn Emanuel featuring Estelle
  • Solange

Set list

  1. “Simply Deep”
  2. “Love/Hate”
  3. “Can’t Nobody”
  4. “Dilemma”
  5. “(Love Lives In) Strange Places”
  6. “Everytime You Walk Out That Door”
  7. “Train on a Track”
  8. “Destiny’s Child Medley:
    1. “Emotion” (contains excerpts from “How Deep Is Your Love”)
    2. “Bootylicious”
  9. “Make U Wanna Stay”
  10. “Beyond Imagination”
  11. “Stole”
  12. “Past 12” (Encore)

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
Europe
September 13, 2003 Glasgow United Kingdom Clyde Auditorium
September 14, 2003 Newcastle Newcastle City Hall
September 16, 2003 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
September 17, 2003 Bristol Colston Hall
September 19, 2003 Manchester Manchester Apollo
September 20, 2003 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
September 21, 2003 London Hammersmith Apollo
September 24, 2003 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
September 25, 2003 Munich Germany Cirkus Krone
September 27, 2003 Berlin Columbiahalle
September 28, 2003 Hamburg Große Freiheit
September 29, 2003 Copenhagen Denmark Vega
October 1, 2003 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
October 2, 2003 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
October 3, 2003 Düsseldorf Germany Phillipshalle
October 4, 2003 Antwerp Belgium TMF Awards
October 6, 2003 Paris France L’Olympia

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