Just a week after announcing the dates for a 21-stop European Euphoria Tour, Usher announced on Thursday (September 27) that he will be postponing those dates until fall 2013.
The swing in support of Looking 4 Myself was slated to kick off on January 18 with a gig at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, and it included gigs in London, Manchester, Hamburg, Oslo, Paris and Munich and a final show on March 14 in Nice, France.
“The feeling of euphoria that I get when performing for you is indescribable,” Usher wrote in a statement announcing the postponement. “I love each and every one of you and thank you for being there every step of the way. I truly appreciate and am grateful for your support while I take this time to focus on my children and continue to evolve with my fans. Evolve or evaporate.”
The statement elaborated that due to “professional and personal commitments” the singer has been forced to reschedule the European dates, citing his recently announced gig as a judge on “The Voice” as one of the factors. “To ensure that his fans worldwide are treated to the best possible concert experience, the entire tour will be rescheduled to fall 2013 with dates in both North America and Europe scheduled to run concurrently at that time.”
Usher recently told MTV News that he’s totally pumped to get started on “The Voice” alongside fellow newbie judge Shakira.
“I’m really excited about it,” he said. “It’s the type of show that I feel really sets up an artist and makes it about what matters most first: the voice. Everything else comes afterwards in terms of the mentors; that’s what gives the personality, gives the opportunity to be an artist who will excel and transcend culture and also be able to tell an incredible story in music. So I like being able to be at that place. I love being a mentor.”