Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman Launch "Hard Knock Life" Tour

As Korn and Rob Zombie hit the road spreading the rock gospel, hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, and Redman launched one of the biggest rap package tours in recent memory.

The first night of the tour found Redman and Meth performing the opening set together, and Meth taking the opportunity to get up close and personal with the crowd, stage diving several times. DMX took the stage next, bringing with him a set punctuated with explosions of blood red flames (which won over local critics). Jay-Z's headlining set managed to win over the crowd as well, with fans responding most to the video images projected behind the rapper during his performance.

Here's where you can check out the Hard Knock Life tour for yourself:

  • 3/2 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
  • 3/3 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airline Arena
  • 3/4 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center
  • 3/6 - Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena
  • 3/7 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center
  • 3/10 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada

    Centre

  • 3/11 - Montreal, QC @ Molson Centre
  • 3/12 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
  • 3/13 - Camden, NJ @ Blockbuster - Sony Ctr.
  • 3/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Pittsburgh Civic Arena
  • 3/16 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
  • 3/17 - Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
  • 3/18 - Providence, RI @ Rhode Island Convention Center
  • 3/19 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
  • 3/21 - Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
  • 3/23 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
  • 3/24 - Worcester, MA @ Centrum
  • 3/25 - Buffalo, NY @ Marine Midland Arena
  • 3/26 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena
  • 3/27 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
  • 3/28 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 3/31 - St. Louis, MO @ Kiel Center
  • 4/1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
  • 4/2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Arena
  • 4/3 - Memphis, TN @ Mid-South Coliseum
  • 4/4 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon
  • 4/7 - Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center
  • 4/8 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sun Dome
  • 4/9 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Coliseum
  • 4/10

    - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre

  • 4/11 - Birmingham, AL @ Birm.-Jefferson Coliseum
  • 4/13 - El Paso, TX @ University Of Texas
  • 4/14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
  • 4/15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion
  • 4/16 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • 4/17 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 4/18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center
  • 4/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center
  • 4/21 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
  • 4/23 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Arena
  • 4/24 - Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Garden
  • 4/25 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
  • 4/27 - Englewood, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amph.
  • 4/29 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
  • 4/30 - Indianapolis, IN @ Market Square Arena
  • 5/1 - Dayton, OH @ Ervin J. Nutter Center
  • 5/2 - Louisville, KY @ Louisville Gardens