Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Kyle Gustafson, Live Nation • May 15, 2017
Mary J. Blige is going on tour to support her latest album, Strength of a Woman, which dropped last month. The heartfelt yet resentful album, which has been stitting at the top of the Billboard R&B chart, is about her divorce from longtime partner, so presumably, the shows will mirror the music's deeply personal vibe.
Strength of a Woman features Kanye West, Migos' Quavo, Missy Elliott, DJ Khaled, Kaytranada and more, and who's to tell which of them might guest with her on a performance? We do know, however, that Lalah Hathaway will be coming along for the tour, providing the Queen with a bit of smokiness to get the crowd in the mood.
The Strength of a Woman Tour kicks off on July 30 in Chicago and swerves its way around the East Coast before heading toward the Pacific Ocean later in the summer. Blige will hit major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston, and she'll end the tour on September 9 in Oakland, California.
Tickets for the Strength of a Woman Tour go on sale Friday, March 19 at 11 a.m. local time on LiveNation.com.
Here are the full Mary J. Blige tour dates:
7/30 - Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
8/1 - Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
8/2 - Cleveland, OH – Hard Rock Live
8/4 - Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center
8/5 - Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
8/6 - Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
8/8 - Atlanta, GA – Wolf Creek Amphitheater
8/10 - Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre
8/13 - Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
8/18 - Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/19 - New York City, NY – Theater at Madison Square Garden
8/22 - Miami, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre
8/23 - Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
8/25 - Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
8/26 - Dallas, TX – Music Hall at Fair Park
8/30 - Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
9/1 - Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
9/2 - Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
9/6 - Denver, CO – Bellco Theater
9/8 - Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
9/9 - Oakland, CA – The Paramount Theatre