Sarah McLachlan, Monica Talk Lilith As Dates Are Set

Monica, Mya, the Dixie Chicks, the Pretenders, Melky Sedeck, Luscious Jackson, Sixpence None The Richer, and Cibo Matto will be among the artists making their first trips to Lilith Fair this year when the tour gets rolling on July 8 in Vancouver.

The acts will join Lilith vets Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, the Indigo Girls, Beth Orton, Aimee Mann, K's Choice, and others on Lilith's final outing, which will make 40 stops this year.

Queen Latifah, Me'Shell N'degeocello, Deborah Cox, Bijou Phillips, and Cree Summers will also be among the acts dropping in on the tour, which will feature a revolving lineup of artists throughout its run. Tour founder Sarah McLachlan will once again headline each date of this year's outing, while Sheryl Crow will play all but a handful of dates on the tour.

Details of Lilith's swansong were announced Tuesday morning at a press conference staged at New York's Irving Plaza. McLachlan and Lilith newcomer Monica were on hand to talk about this year's

outing.

"One of the things we always tried to provide is a really wide spectrum of different musical tastes," McLachlan told MTV News. "I think this year is really, really strong in that capacity. I think the last years' [tours] were too... I know we got a lot of, like, flack for not being enough of this or enough of that. Basically, very early on, we just realized we had to sort of remain ruthless to the integrity of what we wanted in the first place, which was really good music from all different fields."

Monica added, "You see myself, you see Mya, you see Dixie Chicks, you see Sarah McLachlan; this will be another good representation for each of us as women, to show that there's no reason for competition because music is universal." [RealVideo]

Here's where Lilith Fair will be stopping on its farewell tour (to see precisely which artists

will be playing each date, check out www.lilithfair.com):

  • 7/8 - Vancouver, BC @ Thunderbird Stadium
  • 7/9 - Seattle, WA @ The Gorge
  • 7/10 - Seattle, WA @ The Gorge
  • 7/11 - Portland, OR @ Civic Stadium
  • 7/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 7/14 - San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • 7/16 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
  • 7/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
  • 7/18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavillion
  • 7/20 - Austin, TX @ South Park Meadows
  • 7/21 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheatre
  • 7/23 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood
  • 7/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood
  • 7/25 - Nashville, TN @ First American Music Center
  • 7/27 - Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Pavillion
  • 7/28 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavillion
  • 7/30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Entertainment Center
  • 7/31 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
  • 8/1 - Buffalo, NY @ Finger Lakes Performing Arts

    Centre

  • 8/3 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 8/4 - Hartford, CT @ The Meadows
  • 8/6 - New York, NY @ Jones Beach
  • 8/7 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 8/8 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 8/10 - Columbus, OH @ Polaris Amphitheatre
  • 8/11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Amphitheatre
  • 8/13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Star Lake Amphitheatre
  • 8/14 - Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob
  • 8/15 - Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob
  • 8/17 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
  • 8/18 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deer Creek
  • 8/19 - Chicago, IL @ The World
  • 8/21 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
  • 8/22 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
  • 8/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
  • 8/25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Canterbury Park
  • 8/26 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheatre
  • 8/28 - Denver, CO @ Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
  • 8/29 - Denver, CO @ Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
  • 8/31 - Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium