Five years since the release of her triumphant sophomore effort Warrior, and three since the start of a drawn-out, public legal battle and sexual assault accusations against producer and label head Dr. Luke, Nashville born psych rock/dance pop star Kesha is finally in the midst of her long-awaited, maddeningly stalled comeback, which kicked off with news that her third album, Rainbow, will finally arrive on Aug. 11, and will feature contributions from Ben Folds, Ricky Reed, Eagles of Death Metal, and Dolly Parton, among others.
Along with that news came empowering, emotional single and video “Praying,” and in the weeks since, Kesha has quickly followed that up with two more great tracks and accompanying spots- “Woman,” which takes a more lighthearted turn to her badass, rocker roots, and “Learn to Let Go,” which, like “Praying,” seems to address the events of the last few years in an earnest way, albeit with a little more pop flourish.
Though barred from discussing the situation in specific detail, Kesha recently penned an emotional essay for Lenny Letter, outlining her personal and emotional struggles of the last several years and the path that led her to craft what she considers the best, most uninhibited, and most necessary work of her professional career thus far (and her first release without any collaborative involvement from Dr. Luke).
Aside from a sort of unofficial fall run last year with a local backing band dubbed The Creepies, which was treated more like a necessary, punk style side project than a secret Kesha tour, the pop star hasn’t properly hit the road four years. That makes her just-announced Rainbow tour, which comes to Nashville’s own Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 27 all the more triumphant- the final piece in heaping Kesha reclaim her former career and former self.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. CDT right here, with various pre-sales beginning Thursday, Aug. 3. Watch Kesha’s recent videos for “Woman” and “Learn to Let Go,” and check out a full list of additional dates below!
September 26 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
September 27 – Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium
September 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
September 30 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
October 2 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
October 4 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
October 6 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
October 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
October 9 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
October 13 – Lakewood, OH @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium
October 15 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
October 16 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
October 18 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
October 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
October 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
October 24 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
October 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
October 27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
October 28 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre (Daze of the Dead)
October 31 – San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
November 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium