Mary J Blige’s legacy is safe. She will be known as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul forever and will ultimately be remembered as the catalyst to merge hip hop and R&B. This does not mean she will effectively retire. Rather, she is taking full advantage of the opportunity to record and regale with live shows in 2012. She is expected to be returning to the recording studio soon to lay down the tracks for the sequel to My Life, but is instead providing Mary J Blige tickets to see her on the Liberation Tour, a brief jaunt around the United States from August 18 to September 15, 2012.
The Liberation tour is all about breaking free and she acts as the unquestioned guide taking the audience on this trip. Mary J Blige has managed to find the right balance between ego and ability as the headliner. It is clear to everyone in the audience she is a superstar and it is clear she is well aware of her status. However, instead of shorting the audience, she gives it all and demonstrates just exactly how great a performer as talented and charismatic can be when she still has a love affair with the audience.
Opening act D’Angelo revs the packed house beforehand. He is coming off critical acclaim for his album Voodoo and takes the audience back to the 1980s with his best incarnation of Prince. His vocal talents, both gritty and funky, are a perfect lead for the soulful, powerful voice of Blige. By the end of the experience, no fan will be left sitting in the seat and no fan will be left without mounting anticipation for her next album.
Once this album is announced and a tour is built, expect a significantly longer trip than this 16 show schedule. This is nothing more than a teaser preparing the hip hop and R&B fans for a tour to go down in history as one of the best in history, if not simply in 2013. So, be sure to pay attention to the news, since the album is going to go number one and attain platinum status and Mary Blige tickets will not last long on the open market.