By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen
R. Kelly is set for a nine-week, 38-city “Double Up” arena tour that kicks off on Nov. 14 in Columbus, GA with opening acts Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and J. Holiday. The tour winds down Jan. 13 in Hampton, VA and marks the first tour in more than a year by the multi-platinum R&B singer, whose most recent CD, “Double Up,” debuted in the #1 spot on Billboard’s “Top 200” chart.
“I haven’t done an arena tour in a while, and it will be a great opportunity to give my fans a memorable show where I’m pulling out all the stops,” Kelly said in a statement.
The four-hour extravaganza is possibly one of the biggest, history-making R&B tours in recent years. The massive effort of promoting this arena tour, with an average seating of 15,000, will include more than 150 production personnel, 12 production vehicles, four set changes, and more than 10 tour buses.
R. Kelly Double Up Tour Itinerary:
Nov 14 Columbus, GA Columbus Civic Center
Nov 15 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena
Nov 16 Greensboro< NC Greensboro Coliseum Nov 17 Birmingham, Al BJCC Nov 18 Charlotte, NC Bobcat Arena Nov 21 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center Nov 22 Newark, NJ Prudential Center Nov 23 New York, NY Nassau Coliseum Nov 24 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Nov 25 Washington DC Verizon Center Nov 29 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena Nov 30 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena Dec 1 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena Dec 2 Houston, TX Toyota Center Dec 6 Oklahoma, OK Ford Center Dec 7 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center is it KA not sure Dec 8 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse Dec 9 Memphis, TN Fed Ex Forum Dec 13 Las Vegas, NV The Orleans Dec 14 Los Angeles, CA L.A. Forum Dec 15 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena (Oracle) Dec 16 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena Dec 20 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Dec 21 Chicago, IL United Center Dec 22 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena Dec 23 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center Dec 27 Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum Dec 28 Orlando, FL Amway Dec 29 Columbia, GA Colonial Center Dec 30 Jacksonville, FL Veteran Memorial Dec 31 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena Jan 4 Nashville, TN Sommet Center Jan 5 Louisville, KY Kentucky Expo Center Jan 6 St Louis, MO Scottrade Jan 9 Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center Jan 10 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center Jan 11 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum Jan 13 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum