Rihanna Taps Ke$ha for Summer Tour

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William Goodman

Let the freak nasty pop divas unite!

Now that she's sharpened her skills behind the drum kit with Blink-182's Travis Barker, Rihanna has just announced a lengthy summer trek, dubbed the Last Girl on Earth Tour -- and Ke$ha will open all 25 dates.

UPDATE: SPIN favorite Nicki Minaj, who was announced as another support act, has dropped off the tour to finish her debut album.

In support of her latest album, Rated R, the pop diva's trek will kick off in Seattle on July 2then stop in cities nationwide, from Las Vegas to Miami, Phoenix to Detroit, before concluding August 25 in Chicago.

"We've never done a tour to this capacity. The production is unbelievable and the costumes, we just took it to a whole new level," Rihanna recently told AOL. "Visually and sonically it's going to be a big step up from the last time." FYI, "last time" her set featured mannequins, static-y TVs, and the singer sporting an eye patch and studded leotard. Check it out here.

Fans can expect the 21-year-old Barbadian balladeer to flaunt her newfound drum prowess, too. Just last month, when a photo of her and Barker taken in the studio hit Twitter, she said she was practicing in order to perform live. And the lessons worked wonders. "She JAMS!!!!!," Barker wrote. "Watch out for her!!"

Tickets go on sale on April 9 at LiveNation.com.

Rihanna tour dates:
7/2, Seattle, WA (White River Amphitheatre)
7/4, Vancouver, BC (General Motors Place)
7/6, Calgary, AB (Pengrowth Saddeldome)
7/9, Sacramento, CA (ARCO Arena)
7/10, Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View)
7/14, Albuquerque, NM (Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque presents The Pavilion)
7/15, Denver, CO (Comfort Dental Amphitheatre)
7/17, Las Vegas, NV (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
7/21, Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
7/22, Phoenix, AZ (Cricket Wireless Pavilion)
7/28, Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
7/30, Tampa, FL (Ford Amphitheatre)
7/31, Miami, FL (American Airlines Center)
8/3, Indianapolis, IN (Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis)
8/5, Toronto, ON (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
8/7, Montreal, QUE (Bell Centre)
8/8, Boston, MA (Comcast Center)
8/11, Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun Arena)
8/12, New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
8/15, Wantagh,NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
8/18, Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center)
8/20, Bristow,VA (Jiffy Lube Live)
8/21, Hershey, PA (Hersheypark Stadium)
8/22, Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
8/25, Chicago, IL (United Center)

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