While not battling Napster and dissing Christina Aguilera respectively, Dr. Dre and Eminem have been mapping out a tour with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube that is slated to kick off on June 15 in San Diego.
“It’s definitely going to be a good time for us,” Dre told MTV News’ John Norris while announcing the tour on Friday’s “Total Request Live.” “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time, and we’re going to go out there and have some fun with it and just give everybody the show they’ve been waiting for for ten years.”
MC Ren will also be on board joining Dre, Cube, and Snoop to perform as a reunited version of the seminal gangsta rap outfit N.W.A.
“We’re definitely going to take MC Ren out there,”
Dre said Friday. “The N.W.A. thing is going to happen next year sometime, but he’s going to
be out there to do some N.W.A. songs with us. I talked to him last night and he’s pumped up to go out with us.”
Venues have yet to be announced for what looks to be hip-hop’s biggest summer outing , which will roll through the West early before swinging through the Midwest on its way to the East, where the trek will wrap up on July 27 in Washington, D.C.
So far, 18 dates have been lined up, and more are expected to be added to the itinerary.
The arena outing is still a rarity in hip-hop, though the Ruff Ryders and Cash Money camps recently staged a successful outing of their own. While that tour was largely a commercial and critical success, a backstage incident at a tour stop in Boston once again had mainstream media outlets linking rap tours to violence.
“I’m not concerned with that at all,”
Dre told MTV News. “We’re going to take the necessary precautions with
the security and everything, but we just want everyone to come out to the shows and have a good time and go home talking about this show over the next ten years or so.”
For Dre, the tour comes as his 1999 album “Dr. Dre 2001″ begins to close in on the lofty 4.2 million sales of his benchmark 1992 classic “The Chronic.”
For Eminem, the tour will give the rapper the chance to push his upcoming “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which is slated to hit stores on May 23.
- 6/15 – San Diego, CA
- 6/16 – Anaheim, CA
- 6/19 – San Jose, CA
- 6/21 – Sacramento, CA
- 6/24 – Portland, OR
- 6/26 – Boise, ID
- 6/30 – Indianapolis, IN
- 7/1 – Columbus, OH
- 7/2 – Cleveland, OH
- 7/3 – Pittsburgh, PA
- 7/4 – Toronto, ON
- 7/6 – Detroit, MI
- 7/8 –
- 7/10 – Minneapolis, MN
- 7/13 – Rochester, NY
- 7/14 – Albany, NY
- 7/15 – Boston, MA
- 7/18 – Philadelphia, PA
- 7/20 – Nassau, NY
- 7/21 – E. Rutherford, NJ
- 7/22 – Hartford, CT
- 7/25 – Baltimore, MD
- 7/26 – Buffalo, NY
- 7/27 – Washington, DC