“Imperfect Angel” Mariah Carey kicks off an eight-week tour Jan. 2. It will be her first outing since 2006’s “Adventures of Mimi” outing.
 
The dates, which go on sale to the general public on Dec. 19, follow her Dec. 31 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden, which still has tickets available.  Opening will be the awfully-named RydazNrtist, a group signed to Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment. Hmmmm. Wonder how they got that gig?
 
A few thoughts: It’s very late to be announcing a tour that starts in three weeks, especially when many people may have already spent their disposable income on Christmas presents.  For example, Taylor Swift’s tickets for her shows Spring shows have already been on sale for months. Secondly, the venues reveal, for the most part, much smaller facilities than Carey has played in the past. For example, she’s playing the Tower Theater outside of Philadelphia, which has a capacity of slightly more than 3,000. In Chicago, she’s playing the 3,600-seat Chicago Theater. She’s left room in her schedule for multiples at each venue, however. In other cities, such as Toronto, she’s playing the Air Canada Centre, which has a capacity of 19,800 (although the facility has a scaled-down theatre mode). The smaller venues may be an economic reality, but they also seem like a great place to see and hear Carey, as opposed to a cavernous arena.
Below are the tour dates:
 
Jan.      2                Atlantic City, NJ         Borgata –
            15-16          Mashantucket, CT      MGM Grand Theatre @Foxwoods          
            19              Atlanta, GA               Fox Theatre
            21               Hollywood, FL           Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
            25              Detroit, MI                  Fox Theatre
            27              Washington, DC         DAR Constitution Hall
            30              Boston, MA                Wang Theatre
Feb.     1                Philadelphia, PA         Tower
            4                Montreal, Que.            Bell Centre
            6                Ottawa, Ont.               Scotiabank Place                                             9               Toronto, Ont.              Air Canada Centre
            10              Columbus, OH          Schottenstein Center
            13              Chicago, IL                 Chicago Theatre                                               16             Minneapolis, MN     Northrop Auditorium
            18              Dallas, TX                   Nokia Theatre
            20              Phoenix, AZ                Dodge Theatre
            23              Los Angeles, CA        Gibson Theater
            26              Oakland, CA               Oracle Arena                                                     27               Las Vegas, NV            The Pearl Concert Theater