Alicia Keys announces new album and world tour

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BY GEORGE VARGA SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS

Alicia Keys
Host Alicia Keys performs during the 61st Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019.                                                                                                                                                                                               ROBERT GAUTHIER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS

Alicia Keys is wasting no time promoting her upcoming seventh studio album, “Alicia,” which will be released March 20.

On Tuesday morning, the 15-time Grammy Award winner announced her “Alicia — The World Tour” 2020 concert trek, which opens June 5 in Dublin, Ireland.

The announcement came just five days before Keys was set to host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards telecast on CBS for the second consecutive year.

The North American leg of her tour opens July 28 in Florida at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. It concludes Sept. 22, also in Florida, at Hard Rock Live Arena in Miami. All the North American dates and cities appear below, along with ticket information.

Underdog preview

Keys gave a one-song preview of her upcoming album with the Jan. 9 release of the video for her new single, “Underdog,” which she co-wrote with Ed Sheeran.

“Some people may think of the word ‘underdog’ as a negative word, but I see it as a powerful word representing people who may be underestimated and yet still rise to the challenge and exceed expectations,” Keys said in a statement.

“I love this song so much because it’s about real life and real people and our experiences. We’ve all been in a place in our lives where we’ve had to defy the odds. It’s never easy. One of my favorite lyrics in the song is: They say I would never make it, but I was built to break the mold. I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that hasn’t felt that way.”

Prince special

Keys will follow her Grammy hosting duties with a performance on the CBS TV special, “Let’s Go Crazy — The Grammy Salute to Prince.” The other artists booked to appear on the special, which will not be televised live and is set to air later in the year, range from Foo Fighters, John Legend and Juanes to Beck, Gary Clark Jr. and members of the late Prince’s former band, The Revolution.

Tickets for Keys’ 2020 North American concert tour go on sale to the general public on Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com.

Tour dates

  • Tuesday, July 28, Jacksonville, Daily’s Place
  • Thursday, July 30, Atlanta, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
  • Sunday, Aug. 2, Nashville, Tenn., Ascend Amphitheater
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, Baltimore, MECU Pavilion
  • Friday, Aug. 7, Washington, D.C., The Theater at MGM National Harbor
  • Sunday, Aug. 9, Philadelphia, The Met Philadelphia
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, Boston, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
  • Friday, Aug. 14, New York, Radio City Music Hall
  • Sunday, Aug. 16, Toronto, Budweiser Stage
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, Detroit, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, Cincinnati, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
  • Friday, Aug. 21, Cleveland, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
  • Wednesday, Aug. 26, Kansas City, Mo., Starlight Theatre
  • Thursday, Aug. 27, Denver, Bellco Theatre
  • Sunday, Aug. 30, Seattle, WAMU Theatre
  • Monday, Aug. 31, Vancouver, British Columbia, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, Portland, Ore. Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center
  • Friday, Sept. 4, San Francisco, The Masonic
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, Los Angeles, Greek Theatre
  • Friday, Sept. 11, San Diego, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • Saturday, Sept. 12, Phoenix, Arizona Federal Theatre (Comerica Theater)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, Houston, Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, Dallas, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, Orlando, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sunday, Sept. 20, Tampa, Hard Rock Center
  • Tuesday, Sept 20, Miami, Hard Rock Live Arena

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