R. Kelly Set To Tour Again, Despite Protests

Chicago judge approves embattled R&B singer's itinerary

For the second time this year, a Chicago judge has granted R. Kelly permission to leave his home state of Illinois to tour, despite protests from prosecutors.

The R&B singer — free on bond after being indicted on child pornography charges — appeared before Judge Vincent Gaughan on Friday to present a proposed itinerary. The trek will take him to the South and East Coast this fall, as a follow-up to his late-summer outing (see "Judge Allows R. Kelly to Leave State for Tour"), though some dates in Texas and New York are still being worked out.

On his approved schedule: Houston's Toyota Center on October 25; the New Orleans Arena on October 26; Philadelphia's Wachovia Center on October 31; and Hampton, Virginia's Hampton Coliseum on November 1.

Approved travel dates would also allow Kelly to be in Killeen, Texas, on October 23 and 24 and in New York from October 28 to 30, though no venues were on his official itinerary as of Monday (October 6), according to his label rep.

Kelly must return to Chicago by November 4 and is due back in court December 1.