DANCING QUEEN of “The Dancer” is back on the road, as she’s embarking on a tour of Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
But for Russell, the journey is a little more challenging than the previous stops on her tour, where she was seen in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Canada.
“The road is the only thing that’s really holding me back,” Russell told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.
“I’m just doing this for myself.
I don’t want to have to take the risk of traveling all the way around the world, so I’m not going to go to South America, where I feel like I’m going to be judged.”
Russell will be accompanied by a rotating cast of celebrities, including U2 bassist Bono, actress and “Dancing With the Stars” judge Ashley Judd, and actress Jessica Chastain.
The tour kicks off in Barcelona on June 6, and Russell is scheduled to stop in Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome, and Milan on June 8.
She is also set to visit the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Brazil on June 9 and 10.
Russell said she plans to make a full-time commitment to the tour.
“It’s about giving back to my community, giving back and giving back,” she said.
“You have to be committed.
And I’m really committed.
The only way I can keep going is if I make it.
If I can go out on tour, I can do whatever it is.”
Russell, who was born and raised in New Jersey, has spent the past 15 years touring the United States, playing to packed arenas and stadiums across the country.
She is the first African-American female to hold the title of “Dancer Queen.”
In a statement, Russell said the tour was a “thank you” for the support and support of her fans and friends, including many musicians, comedians, writers and artists.
“We’re thrilled to be performing in front of such an incredible crowd,” Russell said.
“To be able to take part in such a big tour, it’s a great honor and privilege to play with some of the greatest musicians in the world,” she added.
Russell has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, according to Billboard, but her latest album, “Gentleman,” was released last year, and it was the top seller on iTunes in the United Arab Emirates.
She was the first female artist to perform at the Grammy Awards.