Keys Taking 'Diary' On Tour
Alicia Keys has begun lining up dates for a spring North American tour, which will kick off Feb. 25 in Miami and wrap April 23 in Holmdel, N.J. At deadline, only seven dates had been confirmed for theAlicia Keys has begun lining up dates for a spring North American tour, which will kick off Feb. 25 in Miami and wrap April 23 in Holmdel, N.J. At deadline, only seven dates had been confirmed for the Diary trek, which comes in support of Keys' 2003 sophomore J album, "The Diary of Alicia Keys." Tickets begin going on sale Jan. 22.
Keys says the tour, which will feature support from Columbia artist John Legend, will be "conceptual" and "thematic" in nature, with rehearsals to begin later this month. "I'm rearranging songs to go with it," she tells Billboard.com. "This one's going to be pretty exciting."
Confirmed stops include Los Angeles (March 16-17), Atlanta (April 6-7) and New York's Radio City Music Hall (April 22-23). Keys is also confirmed to perform at the Super Bowl pre-game show on Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, Fla., and at the Grammys on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, where she will play "If I Ain't Got You."
That track is nominated for song of the year, one of eight nominations for Keys this year.
The artist last toured North America as part of the Ladies First tour with Missy Elliott and Beyonce in 2004. "That tour only played 18 cities, so I didn't get to go to a lot of places," she says. "I wanted to come back and tour America."