LL Cool J, Ice Cube and Public Enemy unite for summer tour
The Kings of the Mic tour begins May 23
The trio of hip-hop heavyweights will be joined by two other influential hip-hop figures in De La Soul and Z-Trip. Well, okay, Z-Trip is more of an influential DJ (have you seen "Scratch"?) but DJs are a vital part hip-hop culture so we don't think it's too much of a stretch to label him an influential hip-hop force.
The 26-date tour begins May 23 in Tuscon, Ariz. and ends July 5 in New Orleans. Apparently there's enough flavor in this grouping of iconic rappers (as in Flavor Flaaaaaav), because unlike their sets last week in Austin, the tour is not sponsored by a snack chip. The tour dates are below as are a few video clips to remind us all of how great these rap pioneers were when they were in their primes.
05.23 – Tucson, AZ/Ava Amphitheater
05.24 – Las Vegas, NV/Hard Rock Casino
05.25 – Mt. View, CA/Shoreline Amphitheatre
05.26 – Santa Barbara, CA/Santa Barbara Bowl
05.30 – Minneapolis, MN/Target Center
05.31 – Council Bluffs, IA/Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
06.01 – St. Louis, MO/Scottrade Center
06.04 – Atlanta, GA/Fox Theatre
06.06 – St. Petersburg, FL/Mahaffey Theater
06.07 – St. Augustine, FL/St. Augustine Amphitheatre
06.12 – Baltimore, MD/Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
06.14 – Simpsonville, SC/Charter Amphitheatre
06.15 – Portsmouth, VA/nTelos Wireless Pavilion
06.16 – Durham, NC/Durham Performing Arts Center
06.18 – Newark, NJ/New Jersey Performing Arts Center
06.19 – Boston, MA/Bank of America Pavilion
06.20 – New York, NY/Roseland Ballroom
06.22 – Canandaigua, NY/Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
06.23 – Mount Pleasant, MI/Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
06.25 – Cleveland, OH/Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
06.26 – Clarkston, MI/DTE Energy Music Theatre
06.27 – Cincinnati, OH/Riverbend Music Center
07.01 – Grand Prairie, TX/Verizon Theatre
07.02 – Austin, TX/Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater
07.03 – Houston, TX/Bayou Music Center
07.05 – New Orleans, LA/Essence Music Festival
Photo: LL Cool J, Chuck D, Ice Cube and Doug E. Fresh at SXSW. (Photo by Darren Abate/AP)
Wow this tour sounds great for golden era hip-hop fans. The last time I saw LL and P.E. together was the Def Jam Tour in 1987! However, where is the love for Philly? I mean Simpsonville, SC and no Philly, looks like a road trip to Newark.
What a huge hit this will be - 5 hours on the web and only 1 comment ! ? !
Typical hip hop :
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