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Beyoncé, Missy, Alicia Ready Urban Lilith Fair    ·    February 6th, 2004

Lilith Fair — urban style. That’s the concept behind the upcoming tour to be co-headlined by Beyoncé, Missy Elliott and Alicia Keys, first reported last month by Billboard. Dubbed the Verizon Triple Theat tour, the trek kicks of March 12 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and wraps April 18 in Oakland, Calif. Tamia will support.

“This is history in the making,” Elliott said today (Feb. 5). “I’ve always wanted to do a Lilith Fair on the urban side.” “It’s all about the ladies,” added Beyoncé, who said she began thinking about the idea eight months ago and then contacted Elliott and Keys. “We’re fans of each other.”

The trio declined to reveal specifics when queried about show order, special guests and staging. Keys did promise the performances will be exciting. “We’re all different women with different styles of music,” she said. “The shows will be exciting just for that fact.”

Prior to the tour, Keys will join Musiq, Keith Sweat, Teena Marie and Jaheim for Chicago radio station WGCI-FM’s Slow Jam, to be held Feb. 13 at the city’s United Center.

Here are Beyoncé/Missy Elliott/Alicia Keys’ tour dates:

March 12: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (National Car Rental Center)
March 14: New Orleans (Arena)
March 17: San Antonio (SBC Center)
March 19: Houston (Reliant Stadium, Beyoncé only)
March 21: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
March 23: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
March 24: Boston (FleetCenter)
March 26: Hampton, Va. (Coliseum)
March 27: Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Coliseum)
March 28: Atlanta (Phillips Arena)
March 30: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
April 1: Minneapolis (Target Center)
April 2: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
April 3: Detroit (Palace of Auburn Hills)
April 4: St. Louis (Savvis Center)
April 6: Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Arena)
April 9: Hartford, Conn. (Civic Center)
April 10: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
April 12: New York (Madison Square Garden)
April 15: Phoenix (America West Arena)
April 16: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
April 18: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)

U can see small pics from the press conference @ Wireimage.

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