This morning, March 29, Britney Spears announced plans for a summer tour of North America — her first since 2009. But before the tour even had a chance to get off the ground, it has already undergone a major shake-up.
Latin and dance pop star Enrique Iglesias was supposed to appear as a special guest with full production status on the tour, according to an early report from Billboard.biz. But just hours after that announcement, the son of iconic singer Julio Iglesias has reportedly pulled out from the tour.
It’s unclear why Iglesias has withdrawn, or whether Spears’ tour itinerary will undergo any changes as a result. As of now, 26 arena dates are scheduled from June 17 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, CA, through August 13 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON.
Complete ticketing information for the tour has not yet been announced. But a single event listing on Ticketmaster.com shows public onsales starting April 9 for Spears’ August 2 concert in Nassau, NY. Tickets to that performance, according to the listing, will range in price from $96 to $346 (before fees).
Spears’ outing also includes concerts on June 25 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV; July 1 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC; July 8 at United Center in Chicago, IL; July 31 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC; August 8 at TD Garden in Boston, MA; and August 11 at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.
Today marks the national release of Spears’ seventh studio album album, “Femme Fatale.” She last headlined the 2009 Circus Tour, which began in North America with a two-month spring run and returned in late summer for a 20-city encore. The singer also completed several international stints with her Circus Tour throughout 2009.
Her domestic tour legs landed Spears at the top of TicketNews’ exclusive concert rankings from the end of 2008 (when ticket sales began) through early 2009. Spears remained ranked among the Top 10 concerts for much of that spring and summer, as well.
Iglesias, meanwhile, is presently headlining his own tour of Europe through mid-April. Iglesias also has some scattered overseas dates later in the spring, including a brief June 8-11 stint in the UK, which would have given Iglesias just days to prepare for the start of Spears’ tour.
Britney Spears itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|June 17||Sacramento, CA||Power Balance Pavilion|
|June 18||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion|
|June 20||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|June 24||Anaheim, CA||Honda Center|
|June 25||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand|
|June 28||Portland, OR||Rose Garden Arena|
|June 29||Tacoma, WA||Tacoma Dome|
|July 1||Vancouver, BC||Rogers Arena|
|July 4||Winnipeg, MB||MTS Centre|
|July 6||St. Paul, MN||Xcel Center|
|July 8||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|July 12||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|July 13||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|July 15||New Orleans, LA||New Orleans Arena|
|July 17||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|July 20||Orlando, FL||Amway Center|
|July 22||Miami, FL||American Airlines Arena|
|July 26||Cleveland, OH||Quicken Loans Arena|
|July 28||Detroit, MI||Palace of Auburn Hills|
|July 30||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|July 31||Washington, DC||Verizon Center|
|August 2||Uniondale, NJ||Nassau Coliseum|
|August 5||East Rutherford, NJ||Izod Center|
|August 8||Boston, MA||TD Garden|
|August 11||Montreal, QC||Bell Centre|
|August 13||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|