First stop is July 12 in Vancouver.

As the cancellation of the ill-fated Zooma tour left him without summer plans, singer/songwriter Ben Harper has slated a 16-date North American small venue tour to kick off July 12 in Vancouver and close Aug. 1 in Atlanta.

Harper was due to co-headline Zooma with former Phish guitarist/singer Trey Anastasio. The tour was the creation of the same promoters who annually stage the wildly successful Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn. Organizers told Billboard.com that poor advance ticket sales led to the cancellation of the run.

This outing will be Harper's first since 2003, as well as his last until he releases the new album he will begin recording at the conclusion of this tour. Tom Freund, with whom Harper recorded the out-of-print 1992 album "Pleasure and Pain" (Cardas Records), will open all shows.

Harper's next album will be the follow-up to 2003's "Diamonds on the Inside" (Virgin), which debuted at No. 19 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 448,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last year, Harper collaborated with vocal group the Blind Boys Of Alabama on the Virgin disc "There Will Be a Light," which won a Grammy award for best traditional soul gospel album and earned Harper the award for best pop instrumental performance for the song "11th Commandment."

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