Three-time Grammy Award-winner, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and producer R. Kelly is set to hit the road for “The Buffet” tour starting Thursday, April 21, 2016. The 40-city tour is promoted by The Commission Presents and will kick off in Cincinnati—running through Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Houston & New Orleans – before coming to Atlanta on Saturday, June 11. “The Buffet” tour is set to be one of R. Kelly’s most entertaining shows to date. He’ll be accompanied by a live band and backup dancers while performing songs his fans have never seen live! Tickets are available for purchase on Friday, March 25 via Ticketmaster here.
“I’m extremely excited to head back on tour and see all of my amazing fans,” says R. Kelly. “’The Buffet’ tour is one you don’t want to miss. I’ve changed everything for this tour including the stage setup— plus the production is crazy!”
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets on Thursday, March 24 using an exclusive promo code released only through R. Kelly’s social media account and Ticketmaster’s VIP mailing list. Additional tour dates will be announced in the near future.
“He’s by far the most theatrical figure in R&B,” explains the New York Times. “He was riveting, slicing and dicing notes into jagged shapes. Mr. Kelly is a precise and flexible singer, able to summon hurt and church and ecstasy at will.”
R. Kelly released his highly anticipated 13th solo studio album The Buffet on December 11, 2015. The album includes his hit summer jam “Backyard Party” and his latest single “Marching Band.” With over 470 songs recorded over the course of the last two years, “The Buffet” positions the prolific songwriter and entertainer as the “King of R&B” yet again. The Buffet is a diverse collection, with sounds ranging from R&B to pop to blues and even country. R. Kelly adds his signature soulfulness to make each song uniquely his own while giving fans an eclectic taste of his musical influences. The album boasts features from music heavy hitters Lil Wayne and Juicy J plus music’s hottest new artists Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Tinashe and Jhené Aiko.
“I have fans from numerous generations listening to my music now and I wanted to provide everyone with something they could enjoy,” explains R. Kelly. “With The Buffet, I wanted to showcase a variety of my musical sounds and include all the genres I love on one project.”
Lauded as an R&B legend, R. Kelly is one of the most successful artists of all time with over 40 million albums sold worldwide, three Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards, and eight Soul Train Awards. His chart-topping hits range from “Bump N’ Grind” and “Your Body’s Callin” to Grammy Award-winning “I Believe I Can Fly” and everything in between. In addition to recent collaborations with Lady Gaga (“Do What U Want”), Justin Bieber (“PYD”), Phoenix (“Trying To Be Cool” remix) and Bruno Mars (“Gorilla” remix), R. Kelly has scored hit songs for Michael Jackson (“You Are Not Alone”), Celine Dion (“I’m Your Angel”), Maxwell (“Fortunate”) and countless others. With a music career spanning over 25 years, R. Kelly has proven time and time again he’s the “King of R&B.”
“The Buffet” Tour Dates
April 21 U.S Bank Arena – Cincinnati, OH
April 22 Joe Louis Arena- Detroit, MI
April 23 Wolstein Center- Cleveland, OH
April 30 Sprint Center- Kansas City, MO
May 7 Allstate Arena- Chicago, IL
May 8 KFC YUM Center- Louisville, KY
May 11 Maverik Center- Salt Lake City, UT
May 13 Veterans Memorial Coliseum- Portland, OR
May 14 Xfinity Arena- Everett, WA
May 26 JVM Arena- Jacksonville, FL
May 27 Amalie Arena- Tampa, FL
May 28 American Airlines Arena- Miami, FL
June 9 Time Warner Arena- Charlotte, NC
June 10 Greensboro Coliseum Complex- Greensboro, NC
June 11 Philips Arena- Atlanta, GA