Clarkson to kick off previously cancelled tour

By Samantha Randol
September 27, 2007

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Kelly Clarkson announced plans for a major tour for her new album “My December” in April. Only a few months later, in June, the tour was cancelled. According to the concert promoter, LiveNation, ticket sales were not as strong as they had hoped.

The 38- city tour was set to begin June 11 in Portland, Ore. and was set to go all over the United States with a few stops in Canada. Part of the problem was that the venues booked were too large. “The fact is that touring is just too much too soon,” Clarkson said in a release on her Web site.

This month, Clarkson announced that the tour was back on. Although the new tour still has the same name, the “My December” tour, that is probably one of the only things that stayed the same. This tour will visit 27 cities, beginning on Oct. 10 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Instead of booking stadiums this time around, smaller venues were booked. Hopefully the change in the sizes of the venues will help boost ticket sales.

Tickets for the new tour are available through Ticketmaster and the box offices of the venues. Tickets for the majority of the shows are still available.

Those who had purchased tickets for the original tour dates were able to get their tickets refunded. Also, those who previously bought tickets were given access to special codes that would give them priority in the new ticket sales. The codes can be obtained through Clarkson’s web site.

Locally, Clarkson will be coming to the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, Pa on Oct. 18. She will also be at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. on Oct. 12.

“My December” is Clarkson’s follow up album to her sophomore album “Breakaway.” “Breakaway,” released in December 2004, was the third best-selling album of 2005, selling over five million copies. “My December” is a departure from the pop sound that the original “American Idol” winner is best known for.

The first single off the album, “Never Again” peaked at No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album reached No.2 on the Billboard 200 chart, one up from the peak position of “Breakaway.”

“I promise you that we’re going to get back out there as soon as is humanly possible to give you a show that will be even better,” Clarkson said on her Web site.

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