Dre & Em’s “Up In Smoke” Tour Readies Launch

Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube will get their “Up In Smoke” tour rolling Thursday night in San Diego, but first the hip-hop heavyweights have some final details to attend to.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Kurupt would also join the Up In Smoke tour, which boasts MC Ren, Warren G, and Xzibit as well. Kurupt can currently be seen alongside Dre and Snoop in the video for Dre’s “The Next Episode,” and Up In Smoke organizers are leaving the door open for more acts to visit the tour as it rolls along.

The rapper will now open the show, which will also feature early sets from Warren G and Xzibit, with Ice Cube and Eminem manning the third and fourth slots on the bill. Dre will then anchor the show with a set full of collaborations, including an N.W.A. reunion (featuring Dre, Cube, MC Ren, and Snoop filling in for Eazy-E).

In addition to juggling five full sets (with the ever-present promise for surprise guests along the way), Up In Smoke organizers
also have to take into consideration Eminem’s recent legal troubles. The rapper currently faces weapons and assault charges stemming from two different incidents (see “Eminem Charged In Altercation With ICP Employee” and “Eminem To Face Weapons, Assault Charges” ), and faces some mandatory court dates during the Up In Smoke run as a result. However, Em is expected to perform at every show date, though some of the artists on the tour are wary about taking the show across the border.

“I don’t want to go to Canada, man, only because the border patrol is a**holes,” Cube told MTV News’ Kurt Loder in anticipation of the tour. “They always want to search you, and over-search, and search your bus… I might miss the Canada dates, man.” [RealVideo]

Ice Cube is expected to overcome his dread of border
guards by the time the Up In Smoke tour hits Toronto on July 4. Here’s how the Up In Smoke itinerary shapes up (as always, tour dates are subject to change):

  • 6/15 – Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
  • 6/16 – Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 6/18 – Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 6/19 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Arena
  • 6/21 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
  • 6/24 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
  • 6/26 – Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center
  • 6/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
  • 7/1 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
  • 7/2 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
  • 7/3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
  • 7/4 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
  • 7/6 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
  • 7/7 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
  • 7/8 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 7/9 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
  • 7/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
  • 7/13 – Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
  • 7/14 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
  • 7/15 – East
    Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airline Arena
  • 7/16 – Scranton, PA @ Coors Light Amph. @ Montage Mountain
  • 7/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Spectrum
  • 7/19 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 7/20 – Worcester, MA @ The Centrum
  • 7/21 – Worcester, MA @ The Centrum
  • 7/22 – Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
  • 7/25 – Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
  • 7/27 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena
  • 7/29 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Coliseum
  • 8/1 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ National Car Rental Center
  • 8/2 – Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace
  • 8/4 – Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
  • 8/5 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
  • 8/6 – Houston, TX @ Astrodome U.S.A.
  • 8/7 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheatre
  • 8/8 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
  • 8/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
  • 8/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center
  • 8/12 – Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
  • 8/13 – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Arena
  • 8/15 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
  • 8/16 – Vancouver,
    BC @ General Motors Place
  • 8/18 – West Valley, UT @ E Center
  • 8/20 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amph.