Beyonce was spotted taking a stroll in Soho with her husband Jay-Z. The singer just announced her North American tour dates and is selling presale ticket for her highly anticipated concert to Beyonce Fan Club members.
Nearly eight months after dropping her dual-personality smash, I Am ... Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé will finally bring the tour in support of the album to North America. The six week I Am ... Tour is slated to kick off on June 21 with a show at Madison Square Garden in New York and wind down with a four-night residency at Encore in the Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2. According to a press release announcing the outing, the singer, currently on tour in Europe, will perform selections from the new album, as well as tunes from throughout her career in a high-tech production backed by her all-female band. Presale tickets for members of Beyoncé's fan club will be available on Monday (April 20) and general-public sales will begin on April 25. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Beyoncé said one of the hardest parts of the tour is squeezing a decade's worth of hits into a two-hour show and performing the songs in designer Thierry Mugler's elaborate costumes. "I'm never gonna go onstage or do a video and not work until my feet are blistered, and until I'm basically, I can't walk any more," she said. "I always give, and I do that because I know how lucky I am, to do my job." She promised that the new tour will be more "emotional" than her 2007 outing because of the nature of the I Am portion of the double album. "That portion was a lot more real and raw and more sensitive," she explained. "The best part about this tour is I'm working with Thierry Mugler, who is an icon and a legend, and I've been a fan." She also expressed frustration that snippets of the show have popped up online, ruining, she thinks, some of the surprise of the concert experience and possibly convincing some fans not to attend. "It's great because people can get a little sneak peek and say, "Oh, I wanna come to the show," or, "I don't wanna go to that show," [laughs] and I'm fans of people so I go on there and check it out too. But you put so much of your heart and time into the wardrobe ... it's kind of unfortunate that people can see the show months before you get into their city, but that's life." [MTV]