Mariah Carey Plots Mimi‘s Touring Adventure

Sean Paul will open part of the two-month tour, which kicks off August 5 in Miami.

Now that Mimi’s been emancipated for a while, she’s ready to have a little adventure — so Mariah Carey’s taking her on one, launching her first full-scale North American arena tour, which she’s calling the Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour.

“My summer tour is what I’m gearing up for next,” Carey said. “I’m really excited about it.”

Carey has played U.S. arenas before, but she usually peppers her tours with smaller theater dates as well. Not this time. Carey has also allotted a break between each date to recover on her first tour since 2003. “As a singer, I need a certain amount of vocal rest, where I just don’t talk before I do a show,” Carey explained. “On tour it’s like really hard-core singing moments and then resting.”

Some of those hard-core singing moments on this tour will be within songs from her six-times-platinum The Emancipation of Mimi album, but Carey is also planning to revisit hits and deep album cuts from her 15-year catalog, including “Vision of Love,” “My All” and “Close My Eyes.” She’s also considering including one of the 25 ring tones she recently wrote and produced for Pepsi, so that she can show off her “creative tangents.”

“A friend of mine was over and we were going through different concepts for the tour, and he said, ‘You should do one of the ring tones!’ ” she laughed. “So I’m actually thinking about doing the one we’re doing the commercial for,” called “Time of Your Life.”

Opening the two-month trek for the first half will be Sean Paul, while other surprise guests remain to be announced. The tour launches August 5 in Miami and wraps October 10 in Phoenix. Tickets go on sale June 2, and despite Carey’s reputation as a diva, the prices are comparatively affordable, in the $20-$155 range.

“People ask me, ‘Why don’t you just go on tour and charge huge amounts of money? Do these small venues, but charge thousands and thousands of dollars to go in,’ ” Carey previously explained. “Because I have fans of all different ages and different money ranges, and they can’t afford to go out and spend that kind of money. Not everybody has a budget to go out and go really high-end” (see “Mariah Wants All Fans To See Her — And Even Smell Like Her” ).

Before Carey kicks off her tour, she will end her concert hiatus with a Pepsi Smash Concert featuring Chris Brown scheduled for July 29 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre.

Mariah Carey tour dates, according to her label:

  • 8/5 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena

  • 8/7 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum

  • 8/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

  • 8/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center

  • 8/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 8/15 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

  • 8/17 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal

  • 8/21 – Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden

  • 8/23 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

  • 8/25 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

  • 8/27 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena

  • 8/29 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

  • 9/1 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena

  • 9/3 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center

  • 9/5 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Event Center

  • 9/7 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

  • 9/9 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills

  • 9/11 – Chicago, IL @ United Center

  • 9/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

  • 9/16 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

  • 9/18 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

  • 9/21 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place

  • 9/23 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place

  • 9/25 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center

  • 9/27 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena

  • 9/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

  • 10/2 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena

  • 10/4 – San Diego, CA @ ipayOne Center at the Sports Arena

  • 10/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center

  • 10/8 – Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond

  • 10/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center