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.

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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