Alicia Keys on Having Her Son Along for Her Tour
By ROBERT PACE
March 13, 2013
Alicia Keys has mastered the art of making good music, which is evidenced by the fact that her most recent album, Girl on Fire, is her fourth to peak at the top of U.S. charts. Now a wife and a mother as she continues her musical journey, Keys revealed the experience of having her young son along with her on tour for the first time.
ET caught up with the 32-year-old R&B singer-songwriter right before her concert in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, a show on the frontend of her Set the World on Fire Tour, which began a week ago in Seattle.
"I'm in love with [the show]," Keys said after admitting that it takes some time to get in the swing of things on a tour. "It's really great because it's...very personal, so the audience and me were able to have this very personal interaction. I'm able to bring them into the songs on the album [in] a deeper way."
Although Keys has played shows since giving birth to her son in 2010, Set The World on Fire is her first concert tour with the new addition to her family. With 53 shows in four months, Keys has brought her two-year-old boy along with her for the tour.
"It is brand-new being a mom on the road," she said, "and it's going great. He loves it. He's such a people person. He's having a great time. We have a little room set up for him at every venue, so that's great. He has all these toys and fun things to play with. ...It is a little juggle still kind of figuring out the timing of everything...but I'm happy that he's with me."
Also joining Keys on the road for the Set the World on Fire Tour is a new addition to R&B, Miguel, who opens the show. While he has been recording for nearly a decade, his music has just recently caught traction, which resulted in Grammy last month.
"Miguel...has been doing so incredible," Keys praised. "He's such a great artist, and people have been loving him being on the show. I'm loving it; the energy is perfect."
In addition to having Miguel open her tour's first show in a major city, which was held in Los Angeles' Staples Center, Keys was also visited by rapper Kendrick Lamar, who surprised the crowd with a performance of his "Poetic Justice."
After shows in San Diego and Las Vegas, Keys heads east across the States, where she will remain until April, with a few shows in Canada interspersed. After a short break, she then continues off to northern and western Europe from May to July.