Gwen Stefani, loverboy Blake Shelton announce separate Xcel shows


Gwen and Blake are going on tour! 

Everyone’s (read: no one’s) favorite The Voice couple aren’t actually joining forces for a weird pop/ska/country genre-bending concert, though they both announced Monday stops on their respective tours at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center — Gwen plus Eve on August 7; Shelton on September 16-17. 

It remains to be seen if the Gwen and Blake relationship, which began in the shambles of their divorces from Gavin Rossdale and Miranda Lambert, has legs. Their love could last, a la Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s, or it could burn out brightly right before our eyes on NBC.

But enough pooh-poohing of a beautiful love story. Gwen is hitting the road in support of her new confessional post-divorce solo album, This is What the Truth Feels Like. The record isn’t the ‘80s-influenced pop we’ve come to expect from solo Gwen, but don’t worry — it’s not country, either.

Gwen’s special guest is rapper Eve, her memorable duet partner on the ‘00s classic “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” Since much of This is What the Truth Looks Like is sad and reflective, Gwen’s got to be pulling out some of her old favorites to keep the audience happy.

Eve has focused more on acting, including a role in the Lizzo-soundtracked Barbershop: The Next Cut, than music of late. The First Lady of Ruff Ryders has only dropped one album, 2013's Lip Lock, in the past 14 years. 

Tickets to their joint show — $39.95-$149.95 — go on sale 10 a.m. Friday via the Xcel box office and Ticketmaster

Blake will take a chunk of time off from the busy button-pushing of The Voice for for two consecutive nights in St. Paul. His latest album, If I’m Honest, is also mostly about his divorce from the powerhouse known as Miranda Lambert. 

While Blake’s remains one of the biggest names in Nashville’s, it’s a little disappointing just how much he’s changed his sound to appeal to the poppy, slick, and lifeless taste of modern country radio.

However, he’s got some classics (“Austin” being the best) and he’s charming as hell, which is why he’s trying to grab that King of Country Music Stetson crown from George Strait. Country singers of Shelton’s caliber tend to bring in the crowds in the Twin Cities, so shine up your boots and stay tuned for ticket info.

Which TV judge/musician will you go see? Are you a Gwen superfan longing for another No Doubt album or are you sexually attracted to Blake Shelton despite your best intentions? Hey, it happens to the best of us.