Mary J. Blige has firmed up dates for a summer tour in support of her current album, "Mary."
Blige is slated to launch the outing on June 10 in Los Angeles, and she currently has dates scheduled through August 27.
The tour will be sponsored by MAC Cosmetics, who are thrilled to have Ms. Blige (as well as Lil' Kim) as spokespeople for Viva Glam III lipstick. Blige and Kim appear in print ads for Viva Glam, a new plum-brown shade of lipstick, the sales of which go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
No opening acts have been announced for the tour yet, but we'll keep you posted.
Prior to the outing, Mary has her work cut out for her. On Thursday, the singer returns from Europe, where she has been promoting her new single, "Give Me You," the third offering from the "Mary" LP. Upon returning to the States, Mary will shoot the video for her fourth single, "Your Child," on April 15. She will also make her first trip to South Africa on April 26 to tend
to promotional duties there.
Mary is also set to perform "Give Me You" on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on May 11.
The hip-hop soul queen is also nearly finished her next album, tentatively titled "Mary, Volume 2." Her label, MCA Records, has not yet set a release date.
Here is the current itinerary for Mary J. Blige's summer tour:
- 6/10 Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheater
- 6/15 Oakdale, CT @ Oakdale Music Festival
- 6/16 Boston, MA @ Fleet Center/Harbor Lights
- 6/17 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
- 6/20 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
- 6/21 Buffalo, NY @ Marine Midland Arena
- 6/23 Chicago, IL @ Arie Crown Theater
- 6/25 - Memphis, TN @ Mud Island
- 6/28 - Sunrise, FL @ Sunrise Theater
- 6/30 - Savannah, GA @ Civic Center Arena
- 7/1 - Atlanta, GA @ Chestain Park
- 7/2 - New Orleans, LA @ Essence Music Festival
- 7/6 - Augusta, GA @ Richmond County Civic Center
- 7/7 -
Birmingham, AL @ Boutwell Auditorium
- 7/8 - Raleigh, NC @ Alltel Pavilion Walnut Creek
- 7/9 - Richmond, VA @ Landmark Theater
- 7/11 - Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Theater
- 7/12 - Westbury, NY @ Westbury Music Festival
- 7/14 - Newark, NJ @ Theater Performing Arts
- 7/15 - Camden, NJ @ East Center
- 7/16 - Rochester, NY @ Brown Square Park
- 7/18 - Saginaw, MI @ Windler Arena
- 7/20 - Columbus, OH @ Palace
- 7/21 - Cleveland, OH @ State Theater
- 7/22 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theater
- 7/25 - Huntsville, AL @ VBC Concert Hall
- 7/27 - Charlotte, NC @ Independence Arena
- 7/28 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
- 7/29 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
- 7/30 - Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
- 8/1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
- 8/3 - Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry
- 8/4 - St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theater
- 8/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus
- 8/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Light Amphitheater
- 8/8 - Kansas City, KS @ Municipal Auditorium
- Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
- 8/12 - Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
- 8/13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Centre
- 8/15 - Jackson, MS @ Coliseum
- 8/16 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajun Dome
- 8/18 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
- 8/19 - Dallas, TX @ Coca-Cola Starplex
- 8/23 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount
- 8/25 - Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Entertainment Center
- 8/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay
- 8/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheater