The tour and its mission won’t come as a complete surprise to Presley’s fans, since she hinted about it in an open letter on her Web site earlier this summer.

Presley wrote, “I’ve been writing and will continue to do so throughout the summer, but I miss you terribly and need that inspiration (only you guys can give). We’ve talked about possibly touring in the fall, and if we do, you will be the first ones to know.”

The 12-city tour, which begins September 30 at Piere’s in Fort Wayne, Ind., sticks mainly to cities in the eastern half of the U.S., with a couple of detours to Louisiana and Texas. It wraps up October 19 with a performance at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.