Category: Summer tours

Katy Perry postpones tour dates because of food poisoning

Katy Katy Perry has been forced to postpone two dates on her California Dreams tour after "an attack of food poisoning leading to severe dehydration," the singer announced Friday.

According to a statement on her official website, Perry and concert promoters Jam Productions have rescheduled Friday’s show at Chicago's Allstate Arena for Aug. 21, and Saturday’s stop at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center for Aug. 23. Both rescheduled concerts will be in the same venues.

“I apologize to my fans in Chicago and the Twin Cities for not being able to perform this weekend, but I am going to return in a few weeks to give them the very best show ever!" she said in the statement.

Perry’s illness comes just after Taylor Swift announced she had to reschedule a handful of shows because of bronchitis and Adele was forced to halt her tour because of laryngitis.

Perry's tour is scheduled to make a stop in Los Angeles Aug. 5-7 when she plays three dates at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Live.

Here’s hoping all the divas get well soon.


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— Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Katy Perry kicks off the North American leg of her California Dreams Tour 2011 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., on June 7. Credit: Frank Micelotta /PictureGroup

Summer concert preview: A selective list of the season's must-see shows

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Those with fat wallets or friends in the biz will no doubt celebrate the bounty that is the summer music season in Southern California. The offerings are unrivaled among American regions, with so many open air venues, majestic theaters, off the path performance spaces, parks, backyards, and abandoned warehouses. Those with unlimited access could fill their hearts with stunning music every night.

Those whose budget is tighter might feel discouraged that they’ll have to pick and choose, though the good news is that ticket prices have dropped as precipitously as the real estate market in the past couple years. Moms interested in taking their daughters to see Katy Perry on Aug. 5 will only be out $34.50 per ticket (plus service charge). Tickets for Taylor Swift’s extended run at the Staples Center in August start at a mere $25 for nosebleed seats; and even big sellout shows like Adele’s two nights in L.A. offered tickets starting at $32.50.

Numbers aside, though, what make summer music in Los Angeles so special is that it’s everywhere; bumping out of cars on Sunset Boulevard, grooving on the beach by the Santa Monica Pier; driving drunken Valley chicks nuts behind the velvet ropes on Hollywood Boulevard. Below is a quick look at some essential shows.


Adele, Wanda Jackson. New soul meets old as 21-year-old British rhythm & blues singer Adele, responsible for the most successful album of 2011 so far, brings her overpowering alto to the Greek. With a tone that can curl toes when she slams a note, Adele's a once-in-a-generation voice. Also on the bill will be another such figure, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, whose work at both pushing rolling rhythms and feminine boundaries has spanned half a century. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. June 6, 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$65. (Also June 9 at the Hollywood Palldadium.)

John Prine, Loudon Wainwright III. Two master singing storytellers arrive to share handcrafted, ornate songs in the beautiful downtown Orpheum Theatre. Prine has penned some of the sturdiest country folk records of the past four decades; and Wainwright's rapier wit has documented American life for just as long. The Orpheum, 842 S. Broadway, L.A., June 10, 8 p.m. $47.50.

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R. Kelly to give fans 'love letter' on summer tour


R. Kelly,  the self-proclaimed king of R&B, is set to hit the road this summer in support of his acclaimed 11th album, “Love Letter,” he announced Tuesday.

The three-time Grammy winner kicks off the month-long trek June 2 in Southaven, Miss., and will hit Los Angeles on June 11 with a stop at the Nokia Theatre.

“Love Letter” won the singer raves for its throwback to the classic soul of Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. The disc marked a departure from the sexual lothario role he has delivered for most of his career, and Times staff writer August Brown applauded the singer for delivering “a full record of slow-simmered, grown-man emoting.”

Kelly remains one of the biggest-selling R&B artists, having moved more than 34 million albums, landed 12 No. 1 singles and eight No. 1 albums. 

Joining Kelly on the Love Letter tour will be R&B songstresses Keyshia Cole (who previously supported the singer on his 2007 Double Up tour) and Marsha Ambrosius.  The singer is also prepping his memoir.

“Soulacoaster” may finally shed light on the laundry list of career setbacks that have  plagued his life and slowed his career down over the years, incluing legal problems, being blacklisted by many urban radio stations and a rather nasty beef with Jay-Z, which led to a cancellation of a joint tour.
"I'm tired of being misunderstood,” Kelly said in a statement about the book. “I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.”

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