Nick Lachey to Hit the Road

The singer, who has been stepping out with Vanessa Minnillo, announces a solo tour

Nick Lachey, seen over the past week cuddling inside New York’s hot spots with new squeeze Vanessa Minnillo, is now ready to get back to work.

With his nine-week-old solo album, What’s Left of Me debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Album Chart and now having sold more than 500,000 units, his Jive Records label on Monday announced Lachey’s first-ever solo concert schedule.

With Lachey’s “What’s Left of Me” tour scheduled to take place in North America this September and October, “fans around the country will be able to see him perform live for the first time. These shows will be performed in a series of smaller theatres, allowing intimate concerts with fans,” Jive said in a statement.

The 26 cities on the tour include Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Orlando, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Toronto, Philadelphia and New York. The tour kicks off on Sept. 20, in Albany, N.Y.

Lachey’s first single from his album, the title track “What’s Left Of Me,” peaked at No. 5 on the singles charts, where it has remained in the Top 20 since its debut. A second single, “I Can’t Hate You Anymore,” will hit the airwaves July 24.

With his divorce from Jessica Simpson, after three years of marriage, now official for a second week, Lachey spent the early morning hours of July 4 at Manhattan’s Butter kissing, cuddling-and getting lap dances from Minnillo.

They also spent an afternoon at sports bar Third and Long, where they competed in a friendly game of foosball and checked out the France vs. Portugal World Cup game.

“They were really laid back, just having a good time,” bartender Gene Loughlin told PEOPLE. “They were having fun.”

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