Just 24 hours after announcing that the “Jay-Z and Friends” tour would last at least one more date, a spokesperson for Jay said the rapper will, indeed, complete the remainder of the canceled Best of Both Worlds tour.
There has been no announcement detailing exactly who will be joining Jay for the remaining 16 dates, however, P. Diddy and Mary J. Blige have been announced for Friday’s show at Miami’s American Airlines Arena (see “Jay-Z And Friends Take On Another Best Of Both Worlds Date” ).
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Kelly left the tour after Friday’s show at Madison Square Garden, where he did not finish the show after claiming he’d seen men in the audience waving guns at him, and later was allegedly maced by one of Jay’s people (see “Jay-Z, R. Kelly Part Ways as Best Of Both Worlds Tour Collapses” ). Several members of the hip-hop community, including Diddy, Mary, Usher, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, rallied around Hov, helping him to finish the show at the Garden and the remaining three dates he had scheduled in the New York/ New Jersey area.
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Kelly has since filed a $75 million lawsuit against Jay and his business associates for loss of income and punitive damages (see “R. Kelly Sues Jay-Z For $75 Million, Claims Sabotage” ).