Over the past week, hip-hop/soul powerhouse Mary J. Blige has slowly unveiled plans for a second leg of U.S. dates on the tour supporting her eighth studio album, “Growing Pains.” So far the soulful singer has booked 17 shows, beginning with a September 13 performance in North Charleston, SC. The last performance is currently set for October 19 in Universal City, CA.
Presales for the new dates began on August 13 for members of Mary J. Blige’s fan club. Highlights of the tour include October 2-3 shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The venue for Blige’s September 30 performance in Chicago, IL, has not yet been announced.
The first leg of Blige’s Heart of the City Tour featured Jay-Z and kicked off March 22 in Miami, FL. The two performed 16 shows across North America, including an early April stop in Canada. Blige then moved on to Europe alone, changing her excursion’s name to The Growing Pains Tour. Several shows in Switzerland, Germany and France were canceled, scaling down Blige’s tour from 12 dates to only six. All summer dates in Australian were canceled, too, when Blige experienced exhaustion. However, statements from Blige mentioned the possibility of rescheduling those dates for sometime in November.
Blige’s “Growing Pains” album has recently been at the center of some controversy. A suit filed on August 7 claims that Dream Family Entertainment Inc. never gave Blige or her production team the rights to use the music on hit track “Work That.” Theron Feemster wrote lyrics for the song, and it is unclear whether Blige knew the music did not belong to Feemster.
Mary J. Blige itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)
|September 13||North Charleston, SC||North Charleston Coliseum|
|September 19||Virginia Beach, VA||Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater|
|September 20||Bristow, VA||Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge|
|September 21||Raleigh, NC||Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion|
|September 26||Camden, NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|September 27||Charlotte, NC||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|September 28||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|September 30||Chicago, IL||TBA|
|October 2||New York, NY||Radio City Music Hall|
|October 3||New York, NY||Radio City Music Hall|
|October 8||Baltimore, MD||1st Mariner Arena|
|October 10||Atlanta, GA||Lakewood Amphitheatre|
|October 11||Tampa, FL||Ford Amphitheatre|
|October 12||Sunrise, FL||BankAtlantic Center|
|October 17||Las Vegas, NV||Pearl Concert Theater|
|October 18||Concord, CA||Sleep Train Pavilion|
|October 19||Universal City, CA||Gibson Amphitheater|