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Katy Perry Pushes Back Start of Witness Tour Due to ‘Unavoidable Production Delays’

The first show on Witness: The Tour will be on Sept. 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Katy Perry has pushed back the planned Sept. 7 opening date on her Witness: The Tour due to what her spokesperson deemed “unexpected production delays.” The outing is now slated to kick off with a Sept. 19 date at the Bell Centre in Montreal, “to accommodate the complexity of the scope and enormous scale of this tour.” 

In a statement, Perry said, “due to unavoidable production delays, major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week. I’ll be spending the next few weeks taking the time to properly prepare the show to be an experience I am proud to share with you. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but hope everyone who sees the show will agree it was worth the wait.”

The opening acts for the tour were also revealed on Thursday (Aug. 17) and they include Noah Cyrus (Sept. 19-Nov. 1), Purity Ring (Nov. 7-Dec. 20) and Carly Rae Jepsen (Jan. 5-Feb. 5). All tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored for the new dates, with refunds available at point of purchase. Click here to see the tour’s updated schedule; the original opening date at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, will now take place on Sept. 24.


The AEG Presents promoted tour is described as “an imaginative trip from outer-space to inner-space, from the planets to the bottom of our oceans, and a musical journey through Katy Perry’s biggest milestones and mega-hits right up to her latest album. The dramatically original staging means that there isn’t a bad seat in the house, when Katy brings out her band and dancers, along with all the bells and whistles.”