Monday, October 15, 2018
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R. Kelly announces Memory Lane concert in Tampa

With short notice, R. Kelly is coming to the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Nov. 10 as an extension of the R&B singer’s Memory Lane Tour.

Tickets for the concert, which will also feature Keshia Cole and Adina Howard, go on sale Thursday through Ticketmaster. Prices range from $49 to $125.

Kelly launched the tour almost a year ago, promising fans a trip down memory lane with “all the hits” stretching back to the early ’90s, when Kelly broke through as a solo artist with the single “Bump N' Grind." Later hits in a career that has seen tens of millions of albums sold worldwide include “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Ignition (Remix)."

The announcement of the Tampa show comes a day after Kelly’s ex-wife in an interview on The View accused him of physically abusing her during their 13-year marriage, including tying her up.

It’s the latest in a string of abuse accusations against the singer over the years. Last July, BuzzFeed News reported that Kelly was being accused of grooming several women for a “sex cult,” some of them starting when they were under age, in which he controlled all aspects of the women’s lives and punished them with physical abuse.

Kelly’s management has previously denied those accusations and referred to them as a “public lynching."

In May, Spotify announced that it was removing R. Kelly’s music from any of its recommendations or curated playlists, as part of a “hateful speech and conduct” policy, but later reversed that policy as CEO Daniel Ek said the company had “rolled this out wrong.”

The singer last performed in Tampa in 2016.

The upcoming show was not booked by the Yuengling Center or its sister venue Amalie Arena, but is rather a facility rental by Columbia, S.C.-based Victory Promotions and BenHated, LLC, said arena spokeswoman Kayla Levasseur. Other recent R. Kelly tour stops have attracted protests and calls for cancellation. Levasseur said the arena will monitor the buzz surrounding the show to determine if any additional security will be necessary.

“Our basic protocol, which is already more heightened, will not change,” she said. “We’ll evaluate as we get closer and watch what’s going on. We’re always conscientious of that for all our performances. We always take a look at what the pulse is around the show as it gets closer, and adjust accordingly if we need to.”

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