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AshleeAhead of the Oct. 18 release of her sophomore Geffen album, "I Am Me," Ashlee Simpson has begun confirming North American tour dates. The trek will begin Sept. 21 in Portland and run through Oct. 9 in New Orleans. This week, Simpson will shoot a video for first single "Boyfriend" with director Marc Webb (Green Day, My Chemical Romance).

As first reported here, Simpson is in talks to return this fall to "Saturday Night Live," following her disastrous 2004 appearance during which she was caught lip-synching. She and her manager/father Joe later blamed her inability to sing live on acid reflux.

Here are Ashlee Simpson's tour dates:

Sept. 21: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre)
Sept. 22: Seattle (Showbox)
Sept. 24: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
Sept. 25: San Diego (House of Blues)
Sept. 27: Stafford, Texas (Stafford Center)
Sept. 28: New York (Supper Club)
Sept. 30: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Oct. 1: Boston (Avalon)
Oct. 5: Chicago (Metro)
Oct. 7: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
Oct. 9: New Orleans (House of Blues)

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