Fresh off a pair of steamy performances at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, Rihanna is doubling down on her upcoming summer tour. In addition to adding 10 more dates to the Loud outing, the singer has also invited “F— You” singer Cee Lo Green to join her for the tour, which is scheduled to begin on June 4 in Baltimore.
With the 10 additional dates announced on Wednesday (February 16), the North American Loud tour is now up to 17 shows, with promoter Live Nation promising that more stops could be added in the future. The added dates include stops in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque and Boston. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale on Friday (February 18).
“I’m a huge fan of Cee Lo since his days with Goodie Mob and with Gnarls Barkley. He’s a musical genius, continually reinventing himself, and I’m thrilled to have him join me on tour,” said Rihanna in a statement announcing the new dates.
“I want to thank Rihanna for inviting me on our version of ’50 First Dates,’ only difference is she’s unforgettable fine,” Cee Lo added in the statement. “Don’t tell her I have a crush on her, don’t wanna mess everything up. But honestly it’s an honor and a blessing to be able to go out with a talent such as hers and I look forward to doing my part to make the tour unforgettable for the fans that come out and see us.”
The pair will have plenty to chat about on the road, as they both won Grammys on Sunday night, with Rihanna picking up Best Dance Record for “Only Girl in the World” and Green taking Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Forget You.” Both were also winners on Tuesday night at England’s Brit Awards .
Rihanna recently premiered the bondage-themed clip for her latest single, “S&M,” which spurred a lawsuit from fashion photographer David LaChapelle , who claimed that it was “directly derived” from his work.
Here are the Loud North American tour dates:
» June 4 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
» June 7 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
» June 10 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
» June 18 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
» June 19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
» June 21 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
» June 22 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
» June 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
» June 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
» June 30 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
» July 4 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion
» July 8 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
» July 9 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
» July 19 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
» July 21 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
» July 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
» July 24 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden