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Jessica Simpson Lines Up 98 Degrees, Ricky Martin Opening Slots
Former Christian pop act crosses over to mainstream with upcoming single, album.
By Rob Evans
Ricky Martin has tapped 19-year-old pop singer Jessica Simpson for the opening slot on his upcoming tour. Simpson, whose debut album for Columbia Records will be in stores on Nov. 9, will warm up with an opening stint on the 98 Degrees tour.

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Before attempting to crossover to the mainstream, Simpson established herself on the Christian music touring circuit. She has appeared on bills with Kirk Franklin, God's Property and Ce Ce Winans.

The Dallas native auditioned for Disney's Mickey Mouse Club -- which later spawned female chart-toppers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera -- when she was 12 years old, but she was eliminated when she ''froze'' during her last audition, according to her record label.

Her first single, ''I Wanna Love You Forever'' is set for release on Sept. 29. Simpson will tour with 98 Degrees Oct. 10-19. Ricky Martin's tour opens at Miami Arena on Oct. 20.

On Nov. 1, Ricky Martin is set to release ''Shake Your Bon Bon'' as a follow-up single to the international hit ''Livin' La Vida Loca.

    [Note: The following tour itinerary has been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of 09/26/99. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist web sites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]


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    98 Degrees/Jessica Simpson Tour Dates

    October
    5 - Jacksonville, FL - Alltel Arena
    6 - North Charleston, SC -North Charleston Coliseum
    7 - Columbia, SC - SC State Fairgrounds
    8 - Little Rock, AK - Arkansas State Fairgrounds
    11 - Albany, NY - Pepsi Arena
    12 - University Park, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
    13 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena
    15 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Arena
    16 - Huntington, WV - Huntington Civic Center
    17 - Wheeling, WV - Wheeling Civic Center
    19 - Winston-Salem, NC - Lawrence Joel Coliseum

    Ricky Martin/Jessica Simpson Tour Dates

    20 - Miami, FL - Miami Arena
    21 - Miami, FL - Miami Arena
    22 - Tampa, FL - Ice Palace
    24 - Atlanta, GA - Phillips Arena
    26 - Philadelphia, PA - First Union Center
    28 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
    29 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
    31 - Chicago, IL - United Center

    November
    1 - Detroit, MI - The Palace
    4 - Dallas, TX - Reunion Center
    6 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome
    7 - Houston, TX - Compaq Arena
    11 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay
    13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
    14 - San Diego, CA - Sports Arena
    18 - Phoenix, AZ - America West Arena
    20 - Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond
    21 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Arena
    22 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Arena
    24 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena
    27 - Salt Lake City, UT - Delta Center
    28 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
    30 - Kansas City, MO - Kemper Arena

    December
    1 - St. Louis, MO - Keil Center
    3 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
    5 - Cincinnati, OH - Crown Arena
    6 - Cleveland, OH - Gund Arena

Published: Sun Sep 26, 1999 at  18:18:03 Pacific Time
Writer: Rob Evans for Livedaily.com

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