‘Britney is one of my favorite performers and certainly one of this generation’s most influential artists,’ ‘Jersey Shore’ star says.
By Jocelyn Vena
A while back, there was a rumor that “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D would be an opening act on Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour. That rumor can now be confirmed as true. Pauly D will open for the singer on six of her August tour dates.
He’s set to hit the road with Spears on August 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before his jaunt with her wraps on August 25 in Charlotte, South Carolina. “I am so excited to be performing on the Britney Spears Femme Fatale tour,” he said in a statement. “Britney is one of my favorite performers and certainly one of this generation’s most influential artists. It’s an amazing platform to connect with my fans around the country.”
Spears currently has several artists opening for her, including Jessie and the Toy Boys, Nervo and Nicki Minaj. Pauly D served as Spears’ warm-up act at her gig in Las Vegas in March, where he spoke to MTV News about her influence on pop music.
“What it means to DJ a concert like a Britney Spears concert or something like that, it’s an association with monsters like Britney Spears and it just legitimizes your career,” he explained at the Palms Hotel and Casino, where Spears electrified the stage just days before she dropped her album. “And it’s just fun being onstage with Britney Spears performing like she’s performing. I love it. I couldn’t ask for more.”
And if fans are expecting Pauly to DJ some of the singer’s greatest hits, they’d better think again. “A DJ should not play the artist’s songs at her concert ’cause she has to perform these songs,” he said. “I’m not going to be playing any Britney before she performs; maybe after. I’ll let her perform, let her shine ’cause it’s her night.”
DJ Pauly D will join Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale tour on the following dates:
»August 17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
»August 19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
»August 20 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
»August 22 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
»August 24 – Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
»August 25 – Charlotte, SC @ Time Warner Cable Center