Usher Plans Spring North American Trek

After being forced off the road last November, R&B singer Usher will make good with a North American tour this spring. The artist's Evolution tour, which will follow a busy European itinerary, is

After being forced off the road last November, R&B singer Usher will make good with a North American tour this spring. The artist's Evolution tour, which will follow a busy European itinerary, is set to kick off April 25 in Denver, and close July 7 in New Orleans.

Usher dislocated his shoulder while rehearsing for the original tour, planned in support of his Arista album "8701." Although it was originally thoughthe would recover in time for the tour, the injury demanded surgery and three months of recuperation.

"I had to postpone my tour because of my shoulder surgery, but now that my arm is healed, I'm ready to get out there and interact with my fans," Usher said in a statement. "Nothing compares to that excitement and energy. This is one tour you don't want to miss."

"8701" debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 last August. Last month, the album was been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 3 million copies. The album spawned the singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got it Bad," which topped The Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

"U Remind Me" earned Usher a Grammy nomination for best male R&B vocal performance, while "U Got It Bad" netted him a Soul Train Awards nomination for best R&B/soul single (male). "8701" is also up for the Soul Train best R&B/soul album (male) award.

Usher's latest single, the Neptunes-produced "U Don't Have To Call," is No. 18 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and No. 50 on The Billboard Hot 100.

"This past year has definitely been an amazing and whirlwind year for me," Usher added. "I'm really looking forward to getting out and performing live on stage."

Here are Usher's upcoming tour dates:

Feb. 21: Amsterdam (Heineken Music Hall)
Feb. 22: Paris (Le Zenith)
Feb. 24: Dusseldorf, Germany (Philipshalle)
Feb. 25: Frankfurt (Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst)
Feb. 27: Boblingen, Germany (Sporthalle)
Feb. 28: Winterthur, Switzerland (Eulachhalle Winterthur)
March 1: Munich (Colosseum)
March 3: Berlin (Arena)
March 4: Hamburg (Congress Centrum)
March 5: Bremen, Germany (Stadthalle Bremen)
March 7: Stockholm (Annex)
March 8: Copenhagen (Falkoner Theatre)
March 9: Cologne (Cologne Arena)
March 11: London (Wembley Arena)
March 12: Birmingham, England (NEC Arena)
March 13: Manchester, England (Manchester Evening News Arena)
April 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)
April 26: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
April 27: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
April 28: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino)
May 2: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre)
May 3: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
May 4: Marysville, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre)
May 5: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion @ Concord)
May 8: Calgary, Alberta (Pengrowth Saddledome)
May 10: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
May 11: Seattle (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
May 12: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena)
May 16: Minneapolis (Target Center)
May 17: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
May 18: St. Louis, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheater)
May 19: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre)
May 23: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheater)
May 24: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
May 25: Detroit (Pine Knob Music Center)
May 26: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
May 30: Antioch, Tenn. (AmSouth Amphitheatre)
May 31: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte)
June 1: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek)
June 2: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre)
June 6: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
June 7: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
June 8: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)
June 9: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse Centre)
June 13: Holmdel, N.J. (P.N.C. Bank Arts Center)
June 14: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach Amphitheatre)
June 15: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
June 16: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center at the Waterfront)
June 20: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
June 21: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
June 22: Hartford, Conn. (Meadows Amphitheater)
June 23: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
June 27: Indianapolis (Verizon Wireles Amphitheater)
June 28: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Stadium)
June 29: Washington, D.C. (Nissan Pavilion)
June 30: Pittsburgh (Post Gazette Pavilion)
July 4: San Antonio, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
July 5: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
July 6: Houston (Compaq Center)
July 7: New Orleans (Louisiana Superdome)

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