He may be barely 16 years old, but up-and-coming pop and R&B star Justin Bieber is already declaring the world his own. Backed by a dedicated tween fanbase rivaling that of the Jonas Brothers, the young Canadian crooner will launch a lengthy headlining tour of North American arenas.
The massive 43-date My World Tour launches with a June 23 performance at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. After more than two months on the road, Bieber will wrap his summer jaunt on September 4 at the Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, PA. All dates feature support from “Beautiful Girls” reggae-rap singer Sean Kingston.
Despite being a relative newcomer, the one-boy phenom has booked his headlining debut into some of the nation’s biggest venues. Bieber’s itinerary includes performances on June 26 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI; July 14 at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR; and August 11 at Bridgestone Arena (formerly the Sommet Center) in Nashville, TN.
Arguably, Bieber’s biggest stateside gig comes on August 31 when he takes the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The Garden has a concert capacity of roughly 20,000, and booking the famed venue stands as a major achievement for a young performer who hasn’t headlined any major ticketed events in the U.S. before this point.
At this point, the young performer is only slated for a trio of shows in his native Canada. Those events are scheduled for August 21 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON; August 22 at the John Labatt Centre in London, ON; and August 24 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON.
With a couple exceptions, presales begin in most tour markets on March 18 at 10 a.m. (local) for members of the official “Bieber Fever” fan club. Presales will include sales of special VIP packages, and will be followed by public onsales on March 27.
In most U.S. markets, tickets will be priced within the $20 to $50 range, though larger markets like New York City are priced up to $70.
According to terms outlined on the fan club Web site, some ticketing restrictions will be in place for the various My World Tour ticket packages. The site notes, in part:
All VIP package tickets are will-call only. Will-call tickets may only be picked up the evening of the event. Please note all packages are non-transferable; no will-call name changes will be permitted under any circumstances. The person who purchases the tickets must be the same person who claims the tickets at will-call with a valid identification.
Though he’s fairly untested as a headlining act, Bieber has been known to stir up fan frenzies at smaller appearances across the nation. Most recently, police were forced to shut down a scheduled November 2009 album signing at a Long Island mall because the increasingly aggressive crowd of approximately 3,000 young fans and parents posed a safety and fire hazard.
Bieber detailed the event in a series of posts on his official Twitter account, writing, “They are not allowing me to come into the mall. if you dont leave I and my fans will be arrested as the police just told us… please go home. the police have already arrested one person from my camp. I dont want anyone hurt.”
Before launching the summer-long trek, Bieber will perform a special March 21 set at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, TX, followed by a March 23-24 stand at Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL.
Justin Bieber itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|June 23||Hartford, CT||XL Center|
|June 24||Trenton, NJ||Sun National Bank Center|
|June 26||Cincinnati, OH||U.S. Bank Arena|
|June 27||Milwaukee, WI||Summerfest|
|June 29||Minneapolis, MN||Target Center|
|June 30||Des Moines, IA||Wells Fargo Arena|
|July 2||Moline, IL||i wireless Center|
|July 3||Omaha, NE||Qwest Center Omaha|
|July 5||Grand Prairie, TX||Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|July 6||Tulsa, OK||BOK Center|
|July 8||Broomfield, CO||1st Bank Center|
|July 10||West Valley City, UT||The E Center|
|July 13||Everett, WA||Comcast Arena at Everett|
|July 14||Portland, OR||Rose Garden Arena|
|July 17||Oakland, CA||Oracle Arena|
|July 18||Reno, NV||Reno Events Center|
|July 20||Los Angeles, CA||Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE|
|July 21||Paso Robles, CA||California Mid State Fair|
|July 24||Las Vegas, NV||Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts|
|July 25||Glendale, AZ||Jobing.com Arena|
|July 28||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center|
|July 29||North Little Rock, AR||Verizon Arena|
|July 31||Memphis, TN||FedExForum|
|August 1||Lafayette, LA||Cajundome|
|August 4||Orlando, FL||Amway Arena|
|August 5||Sunrise, FL||BankAtlantic Center|
|August 8||Charlotte, NC||Time Warner Cable Arena|
|August 9||Duluth, GA||The Arena at Gwinnett Center|
|August 11||Nashville, TN||Bridgestone Arena|
|August 12||Indianapolis, IN||Conseco Fieldhouse|
|August 14||Columbus, OH||Schottenstein Center|
|August 15||Auburn Hills, MI||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|August 21||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|August 22||London, ON||The John Labatt Centre|
|August 24||Ottawa, ON||Scotiabank Place|
|August 25||Albany, NY||Times Union Center|
|August 27||Providence, RI||Dunkin’ Donuts Center|
|August 28||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center|
|August 29||Syracuse, NY||New York State Fair|
|August 31||New York, NY||Madison Square Garden Arena|
|September 1||Manchester, NH||Verizon Wireless Arena|
|September 3||Essex Junction, VT||Champlain Valley Fair|
|September 4||Allentown, PA||Great Allentown Fair|