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Katy Perry, who performed during 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017, has announced the opening acts for her upcoming tour. Getty Images

It’s always best to give the bad news first, to rip off the Band-Aid. Here it goes: Katy Perry is delaying the start of her upcoming tour.

Set to launch the tour on Sept. 7 in Ohio, the Witness Tour will now begin on Sept. 19 in Montreal. The “Swish Swish” singer decided to postpone the tour “due to unavoidable production delays,” according to her a post she shared to her Instagram account on Thursday morning.


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While concertgoers will have to wait a little while longer to see the 32-year-old perform, she promises it will be worth the wait and that she is using this extra time to rehearse on parts of her tour stage that just became available. Perry didn’t share what those elements are, but she’s known for having exciting concert costumes and even more exciting concert theatrics.

That was the bad news. The good news is that Perry also announced, on the same social post, who will be opening for her on tour and for which shows.

First up is Noah Cyrus, 17, who will join Perry during the kick-off show on Sept. 19 through her Nov. 11 concert in Toronto. This will bring everything full circle as the “Bon Appétit” singer goes way back with Cyrus’ sister Miley Cyrus, 24. The two have known each other for years, with Perry’s vocals actually appearing on the former “Hannah Montana” star’s early track “ Breakout” because it was an early demo of Perry’s. The two have stayed close, and now it looks like Noah and Perry will have a chance to get closer, as well.

For her next opener, Perry chose the electronic music duo Purity Ring. The band will perform from the Nov. 7 show in Los Angeles until the Dec. 20 show in Miami. Once they leave the tour, pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen will take over. She’ll start at the Jan. 5 stop in New Orleans and stay until the Feb. 5 concert in Vancouver.

Before the tour begins, Perry is set to host and perform at the MTV VMAs on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Below are the updated tour dates:

Sept. 19 - Montréal, QE @ Bell Centre

Sept. 21 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Sept. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

Sept. 24 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

Sept. 25 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

Sept. 29 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Sept. 30 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Oct. 2 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Oct. 6 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Oct. 8 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

Oct. 9 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre

Oct. 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

Oct. 12- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Oct. 16 - Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

Oct. 18 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

Oct. 22 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center

Oct. 24 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

Oct. 27 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

Oct. 31 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Nov. 1 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Nov. 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center

Nov. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center

Nov. 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ STAPLES Center

Nov. 14 - San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose

Nov. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

Nov. 26 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Nov. 28 - Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center

Nov. 29 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

Dec. 1 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

Dec. 2 - Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena

Dec. 4 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center

Dec. 6 - Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

Dec. 7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

Dec. 9 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Dec. 10 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena

Dec. 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

Dec. 15 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

Dec.17 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center

Dec. 20 - Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena

Jan. 5 - New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

Jan. 7 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

Jan. 10 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

Jan. 12 - Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena

Jan. 14 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

Jan. 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena

Jan. 20 - Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

Jan. 31 - Sacramento, CA @ Golden1 Center

Feb. 2 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center at Rose Quarter

Feb. 3 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

Feb. 5 - Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena