Beyonce Announces U.S. Tour Dates

In support of her latest, chart-topping album, "I Am... Sasha Fierce," Beyoncé has announced her 2009 "I AM..." world tour dates in North America for this summer. The trek starts at New York's Madison Square Garden in June and caps off with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2.

Beyoncé will be backed by her all-female band. Winners of her "Single Ladies" video dance contest (read "Beyoncé Launches #250,000 Dance Contest") will see themselves on-screen during one of the centerpiece sections slated to appear during the "I Am..." tour.

Tickets for the concerts will be available as pre-sale for members of Beyoncé's Fan Club on Monday, April 20, starting at 10:00AM local venue time. Tickets for the general public will go on sale through Ticketmaster on Saturday, April 25, starting at 10:00 AM local venue time. Additionally, Beyonce is making 2000 seats available at each venue for $20 (plus applicable service charges).

Tickets for the four-night residence at Encore will go on sale at an as-yet unannounced later date.

Beyoncé's "I Am..." world tour is the artist's first full-length concerts since 2007's "The Beyoncé Experience" tour. The Beyoncé "I AM..." North American concert tour is co-sponsored by L'Oreal Paris and General Mills and produced by Live Nation and Music World Entertainment.

Here is a full list of the tour dates:

Jun 21: New York City, NY (Madison Square Garden)
Jun 24: Washington DC (Verizon Center)
Jun 26: Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center)
Jun 27: Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum Complex)
Jun 29: Ft Lauderdale, FL (Bank Atlantic Center)
Jul 1: Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
Jul 3: New Orleans, LA (Superdome -- Essence Music Festival)
Jul 4: Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
Jul 5: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Jul 7: Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center)
Jul 9: Sacramento, CA (Arco Arena)
Jul 10: Oakland, CA (Oracle Arena)
Jul 11: Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)
Jul 13: Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
Jul 16: Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
Jul 17: Chicago, IL (United Center)
Jul 18: Detroit, MI (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Jul 23: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun)
Jul 30: Las Vegas, NV (Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas)
Jul 31: Las Vegas, NV (Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas)
Aug 1: Las Vegas, NV (Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas)
Aug 2: Las Vegas, NV (Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas)

Future dates may be added.