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D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige team up for Liberation tour


After separately dazzling the Essence Music Festival this weekend, R&B veterans D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige are teaming up for a co-headlining trek dubbed the Liberation tour.

Although only four East Coast dates for the joint tour have been announced, Blige tells Rolling Stone that the run will be 20 dates long.

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The first announced date of the tour is Aug. 18 in Virginia Beach, and tickets are currently on sale through Live Nation.

For D'Angelo, the co-headlining tour marks another step in the comeback of a legendary, long-reclusive singer. He played his first U.S. show in over a decade when he made a surprise stop at Bonnaroo last month, and after performing at Essence Fest on Friday night, the singer is booked for Jay-Z's inaugural Made in America festival in September.

Also: D'Angelo woos crowd at Essence Fest

Meanwhile, Blige is coming off the 2011 release of her 10th studio album, "My Life II ... The Journey Continues (Act 1)." In 2008, Blige co-headlined the Heart of the City tour with Jay-Z.

Here are the announced dates for the D'Angelo-Mary J. Blige Liberation tour: Aug. 18 in Virginia Beach, Va. (Farm Bureau Live); Aug. 19 in Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach); Aug. 21 in Boston (Bank of America Pavilion) and Aug. 23 in Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center).

Jul 10, 2012 9:18AM
I remember when he was arrested just a couple of years ago. He was un-recognizable. Now is his opportunity to get some much needed $$$ and get to college. D'Angelo show business doesn't last forever. Educate yourself, remember our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, and Medgar Evers did for all. Please!
Jul 10, 2012 9:01AM
If  D'Angelo is a legendary than Jaheim is the greatest of all-time 
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