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| From malls to arenas: Simpson hits big time||Type: Internet Article|
|Singer/TV star wants music to take center stage during tour||Jun 01, 2004|
An article about Jessica Simpson. Christina mentioned.
You'll see a lot of great clothes. Thereís no dancing. I mean, Iíll be shaking my booty a little bit, but no, thereís no choreography, no dancers, because I had that before, and personally, Iíll let other people, like Madonna, and Janet Jackson and Britney (Spears) and Christina (Aguilera) and all those girls, they can do that. I want to do something different.
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|Jessica Simpsonís summer tour is focused on music, but the thing that made her a superstar will definitely be represented.|
A giant television will be behind her as she sings, and outtakes from ďNewlyweds: Nick & Jessica,Ē the hit MTV reality show that has chronicled her marriage to singing hubby Nick Lachey, will play in the background. Previously unseen clips from their successful ABC variety special will also be shown, and a few lucky fans will get a chance to interview Simpson on stage.
But the 23-year-old Simpson believes that when the tour is over, the attention will again center on her music. Sheíll be singing her old favorites as well as new hits from her latest album, ďIn This Skin,Ē which is nearing 2 million copies sold.
AP: Youíre infusing your TV career into the tour. Why?
Simpson: Itís a different kind of tour, itís not really something that people have really done because thereís a lot of personality involved. Itís not just about me being a musician. I want my personality to shine through everything, because itís really what has given me the opportunity to have the success that I have now.
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AP: Is this going to be a flashy show?
Simpson: Yeah, youíll see a lot of great clothes. Thereís no dancing. I mean, Iíll be shaking my booty a little bit, but no, thereís no choreography, no dancers, because I had that before, and personally, Iíll let other people, like Madonna, and Janet Jackson and Britney (Spears) and Christina (Aguilera) and all those girls, they can do that. I want to do something different. I want it to be more about my voice and being able to pull off the vocals that are very hard in my songs, and just really kind of sing my butt off.
AP: Your first tour was in mall parking lots ó what was that like?
Simpson: The Dream Chaser tour was my first tour where I actually had opening acts. That was a fun tour. That was like a preparation for me. It was one of those things where I just wanted to go out and meet all my fans. Even if my music wasnít as successful as it is right now, I didnít care how many tickets I sold, I just wanted to go out and have the experience so one day I could actually pull off a big production like Iím about to have.
AP: Is there any part of touring thatís annoying to you?
Simpson: No. Iím so excited about being on tour because itís actually a set schedule and you fall into a routine, and my life is so far from routine that itís nice for those nine weeks that Iím doing the same thing every day. Itís just in a different city, but Iíll have days off to chill out, work out.
AP: Whatís the one diva thing that you demand backstage?
Simpson: Iím picky about my water. I like Fiji water and I normally do not like Evian, so the only diva thing that I pull is no Evian.
AP: Are there any songs that youíre tired of singing?
Simpson: Well, the hardest song for me to sing is ĎI Want to Love You Forever,í which was my first single actually when I was 19 years old, and it is the hardest song to sing live because itís so high, so I always pray that I pull it off every night. I have to do it at the end of the show so I donít blow my voice out.
AP: Will Nick be joining you on tour?
Simpson: Yeah, heíll go every now and then. Heís busy too, heís about to go to a new record label and do a new album. ... (but) Iíll get to see him at least every 10 days.
AP: Are you glad to be taking a break from ďNewlywedsĒ?
Simpson: I cannot wait to go on tour and not have cameras follow every single move that I make! It gets hard. It would get hard for anybody, because you always know that somebodyís watching you.
AP: Is there any performer that inspired you when you grew up?
Simpson: Iíve always loved Sade. I think Sade, sheís just an amazing performer. Nick has been to like, 10 of her shows. Heís got a little bit of an obsession with Sade (laughs). Sheís just the kind of person who can stand on stage and not have to do any choreography or anything, just raise her hand at a certain point of the song ... and itís so captivating.
AP: What does Jessica Simpson pack for a tour?
Simpson: Thatís a good, good question, because I canít take my whole closet, because if I packed my whole closet Iíd have like 25 suitcases. So I donít know yet. Iím making a Target run today to stock up on all the goodies!
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