Superstar performer Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to embark on a 20-city tour this summer with co-headliner Enrique Iglesias. This tour makes up the North American leg of the duo’s world tour, which kicks off in South America in June. Surprisingly, this is the first global outing for the performer, who recently told MTV News, “This is my first tour, but I want to give my fans everything that they’re waiting for. All the hits, lots of dancing, all the stuff they love.”
Lopez will begin the tour soon after she wraps this season of Fox’s American Idol, and in the wake of the recent release of her single, “Dance Again”, her third collaboration with rapper Pitbull. Iglesias is touring in support of his recent album Euphoria.
The pair will be performing together as well as separately at each show, with Lopez recently reporting to USA Today that she and Iglesias are working on “some special things for the fans,” including a new song for the tour.
The North American leg starts on July 14 at Montreal’s Bell Centre, and it continues through major metropolitan areas including Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; and Dallas, TX. The tour is scheduled to end on August 31 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. However, more dates for the U.S. tour are sure to come, with an extra date each in Anaheim, CA, Los Angeles and Newark added just last week due to high ticket demand.
Popular reggaeton duo Wisin Y Yandel join Lopez and Iglesias on the upcoming tour as well. The duo are up-and-comers in the Puerto Rican urban music style which borrows from both Latin and Caribbean rhythms. The pair’s recent single and video, “Follow the Leader,” features Lopez on vocals.
At an April 30 press conference, Lopez labeled the upcoming tour a “historic” one: “We are going to give you everything we’ve got. I think it’s going to be one of the most historic tours ever, because I don’t know that there’s ever been something like this where these, you know, Latinos have come together like this as family, international English and Spanish, I just think it’s very ground-breaking. I was honored to be asked to be a part of it.”
But the tour may just barely earn that historic moniker, as a recent Miami Herald article notes that Lopez’s ex, Marc Anthony, will be launching his own tour on August 3 with guests Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solis.
In addition to the North and South American dates, including stops in Venezuela, Chile, and Argentina, the tour is also expected to hit Europe and Asia in a six month trek around the world.
So far, sales seem to be robust for the tour. Public onsales opened only on May 4, and just days later the tour debuted as the second most popular concert in TicketNews’ Top Concert Events rankings for the week ending Sunday, May 6.
Will Flaherty, director of communications for ticket search engine SeatGeek.com, sees early secondary sales on par with other currently touring top selling acts. “We’re seeing an average price so far of $221.81 across the entire J. Lo tour.
“It’s a bit too early for us to be able to identify which markets are seeing the most robust demand — we simply haven’t seen enough action on a city-by-city basis to determine, but prices such as those would put the J. Lo tour in as much demand as we’re seeing for other major artists like Bruce Springsteen (average $200.53) and Stevie Nicks ($226.55).
Nevertheless, Flaherty does not think this activity is steady across the board, at least not yet. “My guess is that these shows are simply not sold out in many markets, meaning secondary market activity has generally been light.”
Time will tell how high prices might go as sales heat up, but the current buzz around all three acts is likely to translate into respectable numbers this summer.