Kesha Announces Upcoming Tour Amid Dr. Luke Lawsuit: 'My Soul Slowly Dies When I Don't Get to Create and Perform'
"Until I can release my own music I will be reinventing some of my old songs and some of my favorite songs from my musical idols," Kesha said of her upcoming tour
It’s going down!
Kesha will soon be hitting the road on tour, the singer announced Tuesday.
“i’m going on tour this summer!!!!! xxxclusive fan pre-sale starts today at 1pm CT, deets coming soon!” the “Timber” singer, 29, captioned a Tuesday morning Instagram video in which she simply says, “Hi, guys!”
Just hours after dropping the teaser clip, Kesha took to Instagram again to share the big announcement: a new act called Kesha and the Creepies and its upcoming F— the World Tour.
“The day has come that I, now, present to you, Kesha and The Creepies. This project and upcoming tour comes from my deep eternal love of dirty rock & roll and country music,” Kesha wrote in the Instagram announcement. “I thrive from making and performing music, and much like a flower with no sun, my soul slowly dies when I don’t get to create and perform.”
The pop star announced 17 stops on the summer tour, starting July 23 in Las Vegas and ending Oct. 1 in Los Angeles. (For a complete list of dates, click here.)
“So, for a short ride and in mostly small intimate venues, I will be performing a new creepy creation. It’s been too long. Until I can release my own music I will be reinventing some of my old songs and some of my favorite songs from my musical idols,” she continued in the post. “I’ve hand picked songs from artists that have helped shape who I am and the music I make today. I have missed you, all of you, so if you would like to boogie, come join us. The time has come to get creepy.”
The tour news is particularly exciting for the singer-songwriter, as she’s still embroiled in a messy lawsuit against her longtime producer and label exec Dr. Luke (né Lukasz Gottwald).
In 2014, Kesha accused the hitmaker, 42, of drugging, raping and physically, verbally and emotionally abusing her for years. Luke has since vehemently denied the allegations and sued for breach of contract and defamation. In February, he tweeted: “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”
The lawsuit began to heat up and fuel headlines this spring after Kesha broke down in tears at a hearing in a New York City courtroom when a judge dismissed her plea for a preliminary injunction that would, for the time being, allow her to record and release music outside of Dr. Luke’s purview.
And while a slew of stars – from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift to Demi Lovato – rallied around Kesha in a show of support, her suit was dealt another blow in April when the judge dismissed her abuse claims.
However, the legal battle is far from over: The singer and producer have similar lawsuits open in New York and Tennessee.
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While Kesha hasn’t released new original music since her 2012 LP Warrior, she has been making a public comeback in recent months: She and deejay-producer Zedd remade his song “True Colors,” and Kesha has done a number of live performances, including a powerful Bob Dylan cover with Ben Folds at the Billboard Music Awards in May.
After the BBMAs, Folds told PEOPLE, “She’s dealing with it all with incredible grace … She’s dealing with it the way a real artist deals with it, which is through her art.”