'I’m playing songs you’ve never heard me play before, and I may never play again,' the pop star says
For the first time since her Warrior Tour began in 2013, Kesha is launching a brand new headlining tour this summer, set to feature new material the singer-songwriter has yet to play on the road.
“Hey, guys! Are you coming to hang this summer with us? We’re going on tour, me and the horse,” the 29-year-old announced Tuesday morning via an Instagram video that shows her cozying up to an equine acquaintance. “I’m playing songs you’ve never heard me play before, and I may never play again. [It’s] only a couple shows, so I want to see you there. It’s purely for the f—ing love of rock and roll in my soul.”
According to the video’s caption, an exclusive fan pre-sale for the tour begins Tuesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. CT. The 17-date tour kicks off July 23 at the Intrigue Nightclub in Las Vegas before wrapping up Oct. 1 in Los Angeles. Three performances on the upcoming tour were previously announced as part of Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party.
Earlier this year, amid an ongoing legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke — whom the performer alleges sexually assaulted her throughout the course of their contract-bound working relationship under Sony’s RCA/Kemosabe label, claims Dr. Luke has denied in court and on social media — Kesha released her first single as a lead artist since her No. 1 hit “Timber” debuted in 2013. The downtempo Zedd collaboration, “True Colors,” peaked at No. 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.
According to Bandsintown, the new Kesha tour dates are as follows:
Jul 23 Intrigue Nightclub – Las Vegas, NV
Jul 28 The Colesseum at Caesars Windsor – Windsor, Canada
Jul 30 Dubuque County Fair – Dubuque, IA
Aug 06 The Waterfront – Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 07 Mad Decent Block Party – Brooklyn, NY
Aug 09 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Aug 10 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 12 FOLD Festival – Riverhead, NY
Aug 13 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 16 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Aug 18 Aria – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 19 Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Aug 21 Mad Decent Block Party – Chicago, IL
Aug 23 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Aug 25 New York State Fairground – Syracuse, NY
Sept 17-18 Music Midtown – Atlanta, GA
Oct 01 Mad Decent Block Party – Los Angeles, CA