At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Chris Brown had good news to share – Live Nation announced that the R&B/hip-hop star’s “The Party Tour” would be making a stop at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center this spring.
About an hour later, though, it was not-so-good news for Brown: TMZ reported that his ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, has filed a restraining order against the singer after allegedly receiving death threats from him.
In the sworn statement, according to TMZ, Karrueche claimed Brown “told a few people that he was going to kill me” earlier this month, and said he “punched me in the stomach twice” and “pushed me down the stairs” several years ago. TMZ says the alleged offenses occurred while Brown was on probation for his 2009 felony conviction for assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Anyway, Brown’s star-studded “The Party Tour” is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4; the concert will also feature rappers 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G.
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Brown was last in Charlotte in March 2015, when his “Between the Sheets” tour stopped at the uptown arena. That show had been postponed from February due to the singer’s legal problems; he needed to complete community-service obligations tied to the aforementioned assault conviction. (Here’s the Observer’s review of that concert.)
The announcement of the current tour comes on the heels of December’s release of Brown’s “Party” video (featuring Gucci Mane and Usher), and ahead of the forthcoming “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” – his eighth studio album.
Another interesting footnote: As you can see from Brown’s tweet on Monday, the teaser for “The Party Tour” also listed French Montana.
This was a little surprising, since French Montana and 50 Cent have a contentious history. However, no mention of French Montana was made in the official press release issued by Live Nation on Tuesday morning. Hmm.
Anyway, tickets for Brown’s “The Party Tour” go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at www.livenation.com. The full list of tour dates is here; that link should also have info about a ticket presale that starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Hopefully, the show goes off without a hitch – although when Brown is involved, you never know when something could be called off.