Acclaimed R&B singer and actress Beyoncé Knowles has confirmed the first dates for her 2009 I AM… world tour. The 22-date European leg begins...

Acclaimed R&B singer and actress Beyoncé Knowles has confirmed the first dates for her 2009 I AM… world tour. The 22-date European leg begins April 26 at Arena in Zagreb, Croatia, and concludes May 31 at Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Highlights for the European outing include a May 5 performance at Bercy in Paris, France, a May 8 concert at The O2 in Berlin, Germany, and a May 25 show at The O2 in London, England. General onsales begin over the course of the coming week, with exact dates varying from December 12 through December 20 depending on the venue.

Additional international and North American dates are expected to follow in the spring and continue through the summer. According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, the tour will total 110 performances and include a week-long stint in Las Vegas.

Designer and director Thierry Mugler will serve as the tour’s creative advisor and costume designer, according to a statement on the performer’s official Web site. In addition, Beyoncé will be accompanied onstage by a new all-female band throughout the trek, which is her first since 2007’s sold-out Beyoncé Experience tour.

Beyoncé will support her November 18 album, “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” The record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the singer’s third consecutive release to debut at the top of the charts. A follow-up to 2006’s triple Platinum “B’Day,” the new two-disc record unveils Beyoncé’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce.

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Beyoncé itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

April 26 Zagreb, CRO Arena
April 28 Vienna, AUT Stadthalle
April 29 Budapest, HUN Arena
April 30 Prague, CEH The O2
May 2 Rotterdam, HOL Ahoy
May 5 Paris, FRA Bercy
May 6 Strasbourg, FRA Zenith
May 7 Antwerp, BEL Sportpalais
May 8 Berlin, GER The O2
May 10 Herning, DEN MCH Arena
May 11 Gothenburg, SWE Scandinavium
May 13 Stockholm, SWE Globen
May 15 Koln, GER Arena
May 16 Zurich, SWI Hallenstadion
May 18 Lisbon, POR Atlantico
May 19 Madrid, SPA Palacio Desportes
May 20 Barcelona, SPA Palau St Jordi
May 23 Birmingham, ENG National Indoor Arena
May 25 London, ENG The O2
May 27 Manchester, ENG Manchester Evening News Arena
May 29 Dublin, IRE The O2
May 31 Belfast, NIR Odyssey Arena