Houston's first UK gig in 11 years
Published 14/04/2010 | 07:22
Whitney Houston played her first UK gig in 11 years as the British leg of her world tour belatedly got under way.
The 46-year-old American diva took to the stage in Birmingham on Tuesday night, performing to a sell-out crowd.
The singer was forced to temporarily put off three concerts at the start of the UK leg of the tour while she recovered from an infection.
She was diagnosed by doctors in Paris with an upper respiratory infection last week.
Dressed in tight white trousers and a metallic white jacket, she told the crowd: "I'm feeling pretty good myself, thank you so much for asking."
The two-hour show at Birmingham's LG Arena passed without any major dramas, despite fans becoming restless when the star's mid-show outfit change left them waiting for around 15 minutes.
An early microphone malfunction threatened to throw Whitney off pace during her second song, but a technician rushed on stage with a replacement and the singer laughed off the hiccup, telling the crowd: "My head mic broke... but I always have a spare."
At one point the star, who was due to start her UK tour in Manchester last Thursday, took a programme from a fan in the audience and signed it.
She told her fans: "Thank you so much for your love, your support and your loyalty," adding: "I have nothing but love for you. Thank you so very much."