Back in 2013, Selena Gomez canceled parts of her Stars Dance Tour after she was diagnosed with lupus and had to undergo chemotherapy treatment. Now, nearly three years later, Gomez is about to hit the road again on the Revival Tour, and this time she’ll donate proceeds from each ticket sold to the Alliance for Lupus Research, according to her representative.
Based in New York, ALR is a national voluntary health organization whose mission is to find better treatments and ultimately prevent lupus. Gomez’s camp says ALR was selected because of its broad reach. Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in a 2015 Billboard cover story.
For her Revival Tour — which kicks off Friday in Las Vegas — Gomez is ready to be back on the stage and the center of attention. “This show is so centered around me, and I mean that in a way of confidence, of strength,” Gomez says. “It has a beautiful feel to it, but it is about me, so if I wanted to come in one day and say I want to change [a song in the show] or add this, I can do that. That’s the first time I’ve ever really been able to do that in my life. And I feel, I feel great about it. It’s not me making sure I hit all the dance moves.
“There’s so much I want to prove to myself for this tour and it’s just based on me, it’s based on my voice, it’s based on what I say to my crowd,” she adds. “That’s all I really want.”
With regards to the set list for the show, the pop star says she had a “clear vision” for the tour: “Seventy percent of my audience are the people that I’ve had with me from the beginning, but I know that a big portion of [the crowd] will be people who’ve never been to one of my concerts before, so I obviously kept that in mind.”
Gomez says she’s very “excited” for fans to hear the new version of “Come and Get It” that she’ll be performing during the show, which is mostly focused around the Revival album. “We just sprinkled in only three old songs, so it’s just the new material, which is how I wanted it to be. We may add in a few things as well, surprise-wise, but we’ll figure it out.”
Gomez’s globe-trotting Revival Tour has shows scheduled through Dec. 18, with dates in North America, Asia and Europe.