The Backstreet Boys have announced the dates and cities for the summer portion of their North American arena tour, which comes in support of the chart-topping smash "Black & Blue" album (Jive). Th

The Backstreet Boys have announced the dates and cities for the summer portion of their North American arena tour, which comes in support of the chart-topping smash "Black & Blue" album (Jive). The new leg will get underway June 8 in Orlando, Fla., and wrap Sept. 1 in Little Rock, Ark. Shaggy, whose "Hotshot" (MCA) topped The Billboard 200 last month, will support on all dates.

While fellow boy-band 'N Sync is visiting stadiums on its current tour, the Backstreet Boys decided to continue headlining arenas, based on direct input from their fanbase. "After speaking to our fans, they've told us they want to see us up close and personal," the group's AJ McLean said in a statement. "They want to get as close to us as they can and we intend on giving them exactly what they want."

BSB is currently finishing up West Coast dates and will play the second of two shows in Phoenix tonight (March 13). Prior to the summer dates, the group will hit Mexico, South America, and Puerto Rico.

Here are the dates and cities for the Backstreet Boys' summer tour:
June 8: Orlando, Fla.
June 9: Tampa, Fla.
June 13: Raleigh, N.C.
June 15: Washington, D.C.
June 17: Greensboro, N.C.
June 20: Lexington, Ky.
June 21: Pittsburgh
June 24: Columbus, Ohio
June 26: Indianapolis
June 29: Hartford, Conn.
June 30: Albany, N.Y.
July 3: Camden, N.J.
July 5: Hershey, Pa.
July 9: Boston
July 13: Buffalo, N.Y.
July 16: East Rutherford, N.J.
July 21: Chicago
July 24: Detroit
Aug. 10: Portland, Ore.
Aug. 11: Seattle
Aug. 13: San Jose, Calif.
Aug. 18: Los Angeles
Aug. 23: Denver
Aug. 25: St. Louis
Aug. 27: Kansas City
Aug. 29: Houston
Aug. 30: San Antonio, Texas
Aug. 31: Dallas
Sept. 1: Little Rock, Ark.