- By Christopher Rosa
Prepare to feel ancient, ladies and gents: It has been 15 years since eternal queen of the universe Britney Spears embarked on her first solo concert tour.
That’s correct. On June 28, 1999, 17-year-old Spears tied up her hair (with a *gulp* scrunchie), put on a pair of white leather pants, a hot pink crop-top and took the stage in Pompano Beach, Fla. for the start of her …Baby One More Time Tour. This marks the beginning of a supernova’s ascent to the holy throne of live entertainment. Who would we be without Lady Spears’ outrageous stage shows that tour the globe every three to four years? Nothing, we tell you! NOTHING.
Spears has pretty much done it all on stage: bungee jump, frolic in the rain, simulate sex (wait, what?) and gone to the circus. As the mother of two adorable boys, she’s had a number of ups and downs, but appears to be back on top once again. She recently set up shop in Las Vegas for a two-year residency aptly titled, Britney: Piece of Me. So if you want to see Spears now, you better work — b–ch — to get a plane ticket.
We did some digging, and unearthed the most cheese-tastic photos from her first solo tour before comparing them to her current Vegas show. And you know what? Not much has changed. Brit Brit’s still a goddess who blesses us with her extreme arm gestures, headset microphone and one-two step. She’s still wearing wonderful costumes, using the word “y’all” and basically enchanting us in every way possible. Take a shot of nostalgia and browse through the gallery above, featuring her original show in 1999 as well as a few other vintage tour shots.
Happy tour-versary to the real Queen B!
[Photos: Getty Images/Splash News]