Having already brought to life the multiple characters of the epic musical saga "Trapped in the Closet," R. Kelly is putting another twist on his own identity. The veteran R&B artist will hit the

Having already brought to life the multiple characters of the epic musical saga "Trapped in the Closet," R. Kelly is putting another twist on his own identity. The veteran R&B artist will hit the road this spring under the name Mr. Show Biz, as part of the Light It Up Tour. Dates begin March 9 in Kansas City, Mo.

Kelly will be backed by a live band on the outing, the itinerary for which is not totally finalized. So far, shows are lined up through April 29 in Minneapolis.

The artist hasn't mounted a major U.S. tour since the premature collapse of his fall 2004 Best of Both Worlds outing with Jay-Z, resulting in multiple, as-yet-unresolved lawsuits.

But he has continued to pique the attention of audiences through his recordings, particularly "Trapped in the Closet," which is nominated for a best long form music video Grammy at next week's ceremony. The 2005 Jive album from which it was drawn, "TP3: Reloaded," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

Here are R. Kelly's tour dates:

March 9: Kansas City, Mo. (Midland Theatre)
March 10: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
March 11: Tulsa, Okla. (Brady Theatre)
March 12: Oklahoma City (Civic Center)
March 14: Houston (Jesse Jones Hall)
March 16: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)
March 17: Austin, Texas (Bass Hall)
March 18: Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)
March 20: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
March 24: Miami (Knight Center)
March 25: Clearwater, Fla. (Eckerd Hall)
March 26: Jacksonville, Fla. (Moran Theatre)
March 28: Raleigh, N.C. (Memorial Auditorium)
March 29: Charlotte, N.C. (Ovens Auditorium)
March 31: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
April 1: Memphis (Canon Center)
April 3: Pittsburgh (Heinz Hall)
April 7: Boston (Wang Center)
April 8: Philadelphia (Tower Theatre)
April 9: Atlantic City, N.J. (House of Blues)
April 12: Newark, N.J. (NJPAC)
April 18: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
April 23: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)
April 26: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
April 28: Milwaukee (Milwaukee Theatre)
April 29: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)