After performing her hit "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart" for 108,000 fans during NBA All-Star Weekend, [artist id="503203"]Alicia Keys[/artist] is looking north to begin her next tour.
"The tour is starting on February 26. We start in Canada, then we bring it down to America," the singer said. "I'm really excited about it. I can't believe that it's that soon. It's going to be amazing and the concept of the tour is really amazing, and putting it together, I feel so excited. So I hope you make it."
Toronto native Melanie Fiona and R&B crooner Robin Thicke will open on Keys' tour, which she's calling the Freedom Tour after her album The Element of Freedom. Keys and company will perform for two days in Canada before coming stateside, to Chicago. The international leg of Keys' trek then begins on April 29.
Alicia and Beyoncé recently filmed the video for their duet [article id="1631991"]"Put It in a Love Song"[/article] in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sporting fashions that draw upon ethnic prints and playful skirts, the two divas played up the colorful energy of the South American city. "Put It in a Love Song" is set to premiere on March 8.
Here are dates for the North American leg of the Freedom Tour:
» 2/26 - Ottawa, ON @ ScotiaBank Place
» 2/28 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
» 3/3 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
» 3/5 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
» 3/6 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
» 3/8 - London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
» 3/10 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» 3/11 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone
» 3/13 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Casino
» 3/14 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Casino
» 3/17 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
» 3/19 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Centre
» 3/20 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Mark Etess Arena
» 3/22 - Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
» 3/24 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
» 3/25 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
» 3/27 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
» 3/28 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times-Forum
» 3/30 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
» 4/2 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater (Grand Prairie)
» 4/3 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» 4/6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
» 4/7 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
» 4/9 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay
» 4/10 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Coliseum