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'Glee’s' Matthew Morrison preps summer tour

April 1, 2011 | 11:44 am

Glee_01-matthew-purple_0065djw_1 “Glee” star Matthew Morrison plans to hit the road this summer – solo.

Morrison, who has inked a deal with Mercury Records, announced Friday he is ditching the cast (they will be on their own tour) and prepping his first outing in support of his upcoming debut album.

Launching June 18 in Minneapolis, the 22-date trek wraps up in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre on July 23.  

The actor recently premiered the album's first single, “Summer Rain” – which he co-wrote with Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Fantasia) – and is slated to perform the track on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Wednesday and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on April 11.

Norwegian duo Espionage, who crafted Train’s Grammy-winning single, “Hey, Soul Sister," produced and co-wrote the track.

Morrison, never one to forget his “Glee” fan base, has teamed with VH1's Save the Music Foundation for a contest that will offer regional glee clubs the chance to compete for an opening act slot. He also will perform songs from the hit show on tour as well.

He’s also partnered up with Funny Or Die to display his comedic chops while on the road. The site will create original content for the concert, with the videos premiering exclusively on its site. Funny Or Die is also producing content that will be incorporated into the live show.

Morrison’s self-titled debut album will hit stores May 10 and will feature duets with Elton John and recurring “Glee” guest star Gwyneth Paltrow

Presales for all dates starts Monday on his official site, while official sales begin April 15 through aeglive.com.

Check out the dates after the jump:

June 18 — Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre
June 19 — St. Louis, Fabulous Fox Theatre
June 21 — Rosemont, Ill., Rosemont Theatre
June 22  — Columbus, Ohio, Palace Theatre
June 23 — Detroit, Detroit Opera House
June 27 — Philadelphia, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 28 — Newark, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
June 29 — Boston, Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
July 1 — New York, Beacon Theatre
July 2 — Atlantic City, N.J., Caesars - Circus Maximus
July 6 — Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
July 7 — Greensboro, N.C., War Memorial Auditorium
July 8 — Duluth, Ga., the Arena at Gwinnett Center
July 10  — Tampa, Fla., David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
July 11 — Orlando, Fla., Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
July 13 — Boca Raton, Fla., Mizner Park Amphitheatre
July 14 — Jacksonville, Fla., Moran Theater
July 16 — Grand Prairie, Texas, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
July 17 — Austin, Texas, Bass Concert Hall
July 19 — Phoenix, Comerica Theatre
July 20 — San Diego, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
July 23 — Los Angeles, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy


Photo: Matthew Morrison. Credit: Miranda Penn Turin / FOX