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Don’t worry, fans, Nick Lachey isn’t dedicating all his time to his new ABA basketball team. In fact, he’s excited about the tour that’s set to begin.

“It’s going to be really music-based, just me and the band rocking it,” Lachey said of the concerns that kick off tomorrow in Albany.

Lachey is a fan of more showboating singers, such as fellow boy-bander-turned-solo-star Justin Timberlake, but he cited the toned-down Sade as the inspiration for his show.

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd
(ABC)

“Sade is one of the most magical performers I’ve ever seen, even though everything she does is so subtle,” he said. “It’s not about big moves and pyro, it’s about captivating the audience, and she’s one of the best, in my opinion, at that.”

The same goes for Diddy when the audience is a gym full of high school students.

Lachey is trying to move on, meanwhile, in both his personal and professional life. Perhaps blatantly singing about ex-flame, Jessica Simpson, hasn’t helped with either of thos goals.

“The tabloids can be a little trying for sure, but the best thing to do is just live your life,” he said. “I don’t let that dictate what I do.”

Amen. Although Lachey’s second television pilot, in which he played a newly married baseball star, failed to get picked up this summer, he’s already on to a third.

“I can’t say much about it, but it’s an exciting concept and I’m excited to be a part of it,” he said to MTV.com. “With TV, you just never know. You keep doing stuff that inspires you and that you’re interested in and you just hope it sticks.”

Or you sign up for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and let Aarom Sorkin take you home.