April 17, 2009

Beyonce announces N. American tour dates

Beyonce is set to bring her I Am ... world tour to North America, starting in June at New York's Madison Square Garden, Music World/Columbia Records said.

The recording artist is scheduled to wrap the North American leg of her tour with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-Aug. 2. Stops in between the New York and Vegas gigs will include Washington; Philadelphia; Greensboro, N.C.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Atlanta; New Orleans; Houston; Dallas; Phoenix; Sacramento; Oakland, Calif.; Anaheim, Calif.; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Chicago; Detroit; and Uncasville, Conn.

Tickets are to go on sale to the general public April 25 through Ticketmaster. Tickets for the four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will go on sale at a later date.

Beyonce is making 2,000 seats available at each venue for $20, plus applicable service charges. Beyonce is co-sponsoring food drives along her tour itinerary as part of the Show Your Helping Hand initiative, a national hunger relief campaign created by General Mills' Hamburger Helper in partnership with Beyonce and her Survivor Foundation, her record label said.