With a new album due before the month is out, Sheryl Crow is planning a brief U.S. tour shortly after its release.

With a new album due before the month is out, Sheryl Crow is planning a brief U.S. tour shortly after its release. The run will open Oct. 16 in Seattle and encompass nine shows in eight cities. As previously reported, her fifth studio album, "Wildflower," is due Sept. 27 via A&M/Interscope.

New York will see the only two-date U.S. stop with a tour-closing Oct. 30-31 stand. Internationally, the tour only scheduled for a Nov. 3-4 stand in London.

Backing her for what is described on her official Web site as a series of "very special engagements" will be her regular band -- guitarists Tim Smith and Peter Stroud, keyboardist Mike Rowe and drummer Jeremy Stacey -- and the 12-piece David Campbell String Section. Campbell wrote the string arrangements for "Wildflower."

In addition to material from the new album, Crow is expected to recast selections from her career discography to suit the expanded lineup. Tickets for U.S. shows go on sale Friday (Sept. 9) via Ticketmaster. VIP packages (premium seating, soundcheck access, pre-show parties) are available from All Access, with proceeds benefiting UNICEF.

Prior to the outing, Crow has plans to play the WBMX Boston's Mixfest Sept. 24 with Gavin DeGraw, Howie Day and Cyndi Lauper, and has a in-store appearance scheduled Sept. 28 at New York's Times Square Virgin Megastore. As previously reported, she will also take part in Saturday's "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" special, which will air live on MTV, VH1 and CMT and raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In other news, Crow and boyfriend Lance Armstrong became engaged last week while in Sun Valley, Idaho, according to a statement from the cycling champion. A date has not yet been set for the wedding, which will be his second and Crow's first.

Here are Crow's tour dates:

Sept. 24: Boston (Bank Of America Pavilion; MIX 98.5 Mixfest)
Sept. 28: New York (Virgin Megastore Times Square)
Oct. 16: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
Oct. 17: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena)
Oct. 20: Reno, Nev. (Silver State Pavilion at the Reno Hilton)
Oct. 21: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)
Oct. 22: Las Vegas (Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint)
Oct. 24: San Diego (Copley Symphony Hall)
Oct. 28: Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)
Oct. 30-31: New York (Avery Fisher Hall/Lincoln Center)
Nov. 3-4: London (Carling Apollo Hammersmith)

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