Hot off the heels of her electrifying Super Bowl halftime performance, which some believe had something to do with the mysterious blackout at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome shortly into the game's third quarter, Beyonce announced after the game that she will hit the road later this year for her first world tour since 2009.
Presented by Live Nation, the North American leg begins June 28 at L.A.'s Staples Center and visits her hometown arena, Toyota Center, July 15. Also on the itinerary is the Barclays Center, the new arena in downtown Brooklyn in which Beyonce's husband Jay-Z (or "Mr. Carter") owns a small stake.
"It is expected to be bigger in scope than any of her previous shows," a Live Nation press release said.
Tickets for the Houston date go on sale at 10 a.m. next Monday, February 11, at houstontoyotacenter.com, by phone at 1-866-4HOUTIX or at most area Randall's stores. Members of the singer's "Beyhive" fan club at www.beyonce.com will have access to a special pre-sale and VIP packages.
Beyonce's "I Am.." tour in 2009 played to more than 1.1 million fans around the world in 32 countries and six continents. Later this year, she is scheduled to bring the tour to Latin America, Australia and Asia, including a headlining spot at the Rock In Rio festival in September, which could very well set a new global single-night attendance record.
A little closer in, the singer's much-touted HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream premieres February 16, and she is reportedly scheduled to appear on the Grammy Awards this coming Sunday.