R n’ B diva Keyshia cole performed the national anthem over the weekend at the fourth Cleveland Cavaliers/Atlanta Hawks playoff game. Though not televised live, word is Keyshia took the court of the Philips Arena and gave a very steady rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. This was most likely Keyshia’s last free performance before she hits the road for her first headlining tour. Aptly titled the “A Different Me Tour”, the spectacle kicks off this Wednesday at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and features Keri Hilson, The Dream and Bobby Valentino as opening acts.
Below you can check out images from Keyshia’s performance (can’t locate video) as well as an interview Keyshia recently gave to a Cincinnati newspaper about her new tour.
Question: What can fans expect on the “A Different Me” tour?
Answer: A lot more than what I did on the Lil’ Wayne tour (in 2008). I have brand new band members, a new choreographer and new background singers that are all excellent, might I say. We have a couple of different parts to the show, which are going to be quite interesting. We’re all just trying new things so it should be fun.
Q: With hundreds of shows you’ve done since you first came on the scene, what do you enjoy the most about performing and touring?
A: The most gratifying thing for me in show business is having the ability to be intimate with fans. Singing directly to them is the most intimate thing I can do.
Q: Was there any significance as to why you picked Cincinnati as the place to kick off this new tour and live stage show?
A: You know, I wish I had a good answer for that, but actually I don’t route the tour. (laughs)
Q: Describe Keyshia Cole in your own words.
A: I’m a very altruistic person. Very giving … I can be very demanding and to the point. I just know what I want out of my life and out of my music. On the family and friends side, I’m very giving and loving.