Tour of the Mongoose
Tour of the Mongoose.jpg
Promotional poster for 2002 tour
Concert tour by Shakira
Location Europe, North America, South America
Associated album Laundry Service
Start date November 8, 2002
End date May 11, 2003
Legs 5
Shows 61
Shakira tour chronology
Tour Anfibio Tour of the Mongoose Oral Fixation Tour

Tour of the Mongoose (also known as El Tour de la Mangosta in hispanophone countries) is the third concert tour by Colombian singer-songwriter, Shakira, in support of her first English album, Laundry Service. It is also noted as the singer's first global tour, reaching North America, South America, Asia and Europe.


Clear Channel Entertainment announced the "Tour of the Mongoose" in September 2002. The tour came shortly after Shakira reached international success with her third studio album. During a press conference in New York City, Shakira summarized her show as an "entertaining rock show", stating "I'm not saving any effort to make sure that this concert [tour] will be the best I can offer to my fans. And it's going to have a strong spirit of rock and roll, so you will see a rock-and-roll show, but it will have all of the nuances and the subtleties of a show that attempts to entertain."

At the same press conference, Shakira explained the tour's name as symbolizing the strength of the mongoose, stating "...I was really impressed by it because it is an animal that can defeat the snake with just a bite. It's like a living miracle, this animal, to me, because if there's an animal on earth that can defeat the snake—a venomous viper—with a bite, I think that there's got to be some way for us to defeat, or to bite the neck of hatred in this world, no? "It's called the Tour of the Mongoose, and the mongoose is basically one of the few animals who can defeat the most venomous snakes with just one bite and that's why I decided to name my tour that way, because I think that if we all have a little mongoose inside that can defeat the hatred and the resentment and the prejudice of everyday, we can probably win the battle." At the tour commencement, Corey Moss of MTV compared the singer to Britney Spears, Tommy Lee, Elvis Presley, Sheryl Crow and Rage Against the Machine. The show sparked some controversy due to a perceived anti-war message in a video played prior to the performance of "Octavo Día", displaying war footage and later revealing the Grim Reaper to be a puppeteer.


Tour DatesEdit

Date City Country Venue
North America
November 8, 2002 San Diego United States San Diego Sports Arena
November 10, 2002 San Jose Compaq Center at San Jose
November 12, 2002 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond at Anaheim
November 13, 2002 Los Angeles Staples Center
November 15, 2002 El Paso Don Haskins Center
November 16, 2002
November 20, 2002 New York City Madison Square Garden
November 22, 2002 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 24, 2002 Philadelphia First Union Center
November 25, 2002 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 27, 2002 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
November 28, 2002 Toronto Air Canada Centre
November 30, 2002 Boston United States Fleet Center
December 2, 2002 Miami American Airlines Arena
December 10, 2002 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
December 12, 2002 Cologne Germany Kölnarena
December 16, 2002 London England Wembley Arena
North America
January 18, 2003 Chicago United States United Center
January 20, 2003 Dallas American Airlines Center
January 22, 2003 Houston Compaq Center
January 23, 2003 San Antonio SBC Center
January 25, 2003 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center
January 28, 2003 Denver Pepsi Center
January 31, 2003 Phoenix America West Arena
February 2, 2003 Oakland The Arena at Oakland
February 5, 2003 Laredo Laredo Entertainment Center
February 6, 2003
February 8, 2003 Guadalajara Mexico Estadio Tres de Marzo
February 9, 2003
February 11, 2003 Monterrey Auditorio Coca-Cola
February 12, 2003
February 14, 2003 Mexico City Foro Sol
February 15, 2003
February 23, 2003 Albuquerque United States Tingley Coliseum
February 25, 2003 El Paso Don Haskins Center
February 19, 2003 Panama City Panama Figali Convention Center
South America
February 28, 2003 Quito Ecuador Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
March 5, 2003 Lima Peru Hipódromo de Monterrico
March 8, 2003 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional de Chile
March 12, 2003 Bogotá Colombia Estadio El Campín
March 15, 2003 Barranquilla Estadio Metropolitano
North America
March 22, 2003 San Juan Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium
March 28, 2003 Paris France Palais omnisports de Paris-Bercy
March 30, 2003 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
March 31, 2003
April 2, 2003 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
April 4, 2003 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
April 6, 2003 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
April 10, 2003 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
April 13, 2003 Berlin Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle
April 14, 2003 Hamburg Color Line Arena
April 17, 2003 Milan Italy Fila Forum
April 21, 2003 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
April 22, 2003 Rotterdam Netherlands The Ahoy
April 25, 2003 Madrid Spain Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
April 27, 2003 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
South America
May 1, 2003 Punta del Este Uruguay Conrad de Punta del Este
May 3, 2003 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
North America
May 6, 2003 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Estadio Quisqueya
South America
May 8, 2003 Maracaibo Venezuela Estadio José Pachencho Romero
May 11, 2003 Caracas Poliedro de Caracas


  • Shakira - Producer, songwriter, vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Gonzalo Agulla - Executive producer
  • José Arnal - Executive producer
  • Tim Mitchell - Producer, arranger, guitar
  • Dana Austin - Producer
  • Bettina Abascal - Post producer
  • Dominic Morley - Engineer
  • Richard Robson - Engineer
  • Neil Tucker - Engineer
  • Matt Vaughan - Engineer
  • Richard Wilkinson - Engineer
  • Adrian Hall - Mixing engineer
  • Chris Theis - Mixing engineer
  • Mike Fisher - Audio post-production
  • Mike Wilder - Mastering
  • Ramiro Aguilar - Video director
  • Pablo Arraya - Editing assistant
  • Rita Quintero - Backing vocals, keyboards
  • Adam Zimmon - Guitar
  • Mario Inchaust - Backing Vocals, Guitars
  • Albert Sterling Menendez - Keyboards
  • Pedro Alfonso - Violin
  • Dan Rothchild - Bass guitar, photography
  • Brendan Buckley - Drums
  • Rafael Padilla - Percussion
  • Jeff Bender - Photography, cover photo
  • Frank Ockenfels - Photography
  • Ian Cuttler - Art direction
  • Frank Carbonari - Graphic design
  • Rose Noone - A&R
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