R. Kelly Announces New Tour, New Nickname

Light It Up theater tour kicks off March 9 in Kansas City, Missouri.

He's known as the R., a.k.a. Kells, a.k.a. the Pied Piper, a.k.a. the King of R&B, and R. Kelly needs more aliases. He's feeding the public one more at least: Mr. Show Biz.

On Friday (February 3) Kelly announced plans for what he's calling his Light It Up Tour, which he's headlining as "Mr. Show Biz."

As to what adopting the nickname Mr. Show Biz means, his label reps said they weren't sure. Kelly hasn't told them yet.

He also hasn't announced whether or not he'll have any opening acts. The only thing the singer is disclosing is the itinerary — whose string of small-venue gigs makes this his first theater tour since 2001 — and the fact that he'll have a live band with him. Tickets for select shows are already on sale.

R. Kelly tour dates according to Jive Records:

  • 3/9 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
  • 3/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theater

  • 3/11 - Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater

  • 3/12 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Civic Center Music Hall

  • 3/14 - Houston, TX @ Jesse Jones Hall

  • 3/16 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater

  • 3/17 - Austin, TX @ Bass Hall

  • 3/18 - Little Rock, AK @ Theater at Alltel Arena
  • 3/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater

  • 3/24 - Miami, FL @ James L. Knight Center

  • 3/25 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall

  • 3/26 - Jacksonville, FL @ Moran Theater

  • 3/28 - Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

  • 3/29 - Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium

  • 3/31 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

  • 4/1 - Memphis, TN @ Cannon Center

  • 4/3 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall

  • 4/7 - Boston, MA @ Wang Center

  • 4/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater

  • 4/9 - Atlantic City @ House of Blues

  • 4/12 - Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

  • 4/18 - New York @ Radio City Music Hall

  • 4/23 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theater

  • 4/26 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater

  • 4/28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Theater

  • 4/29 - Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater