R&B legend Aretha Franklin has confirmed that her 2003 tour will be the last such full-scale endeavor of her career. The tour will carry the moniker Aretha Sings Her Musical History and is expecte
R&B legend Aretha Franklin has confirmed that her 2003 tour will be the last such full-scale endeavor of her career. The tour will carry the moniker Aretha Sings Her Musical History and is expected to last into the fall. Eleven dates are set so far, beginning June 1 in Toronto. A planned show on Wednesday (April 16) in Sarnia, Ontario, has been cancelled, according to the venue's official Web site. The artist still plans to play one-off dates in the future.
The end of the tour will coincide with the Sept. 9 release of a Franklin studio album for Arista featuring all new material, according to label president/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid. It will be Franklin's first studio album since 1998's "A Rose Is Still a Rose," which debuted at No. 7 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and boasted contributions from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Lauryn Hill, and Jermaine Dupri.
Franklin is holding an open audition for dancers during the second week of May in Detroit. Male and female dancers between the ages of 18-35 are being asked to come prepared with videos and resumes; the location for the audition will be announced next month.
Here are Aretha Franklin's tour dates:
June 1: Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall)
June 5: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)
June 7: Hartford, Conn. (Bushnell Park)
June 17: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
June 24: Atlanta (Chastain Park)
July 9: Highland Park, Ill. (Ravinia Festival)
July 27: Cleveland (Nautica Pavilion)
Aug. 23: Verona, N.Y. (Turning Stone Casino)
Aug. 24: Hyannis, Mass. (Cape Cod Melody Tent)
Aug. 27: Worcester, Mass. (East Park)
Aug. 29: North Tonawanda, N.Y. (New Melody Fair)