Some of hip-hop and R&B's biggest — not to mention hunkiest — names will be hitting the road this summer for the fourth installment of the Scream Tour. And with a lineup like this, there should be lots of screaming — from teenage girls, that is.
Rapper Bow Wow, who launched the inaugural Scream trek back in 2001, will once again headline this year's rendition, which is dubbed Scream Tour IV: The HeartThrobs. As announced back in April (see "Bow Wow, Omarion Team Up For Single And Scream IV Tour"), Scream IV will also feature Bow's buddy Omarion, R&B crooner Bobby Valentino, Miami-based rap/R&B hybrid Pretty Ricky and former Immature member Marques Houston (see "Marques Houston Pulls A Hulk Hogan, Strips Down For 'Naked' ").
Other acts are likely to be added to Scream IV's bill before the tour kicks off on July 20 in Trenton, New Jersey; an announcement is expected in the coming weeks with lineup additions. 2003's Scream III Tour included Omarion's former R&B outfit B2K along with Mario and Nick Cannon.
The Bow Wow-led outing will hit amphitheaters and arenas in close to 30 cities — including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta and New York — before wrapping up September 4 in Miami, Florida.
Bow's forthcoming fourth album, Wanted, will drop on July 12. The Jermaine Dupri-produced effort will include contributions from Snoop Dogg and Ciara, among others (see "Bow Wow Turns 18, But The Real Party Starts In June"). The record's first single, "Let Me Hold You," features a duet from Bow and tourmate Omarion, whose debut solo album, O, hit stores back in March.
Houston, Omarion's brother, released his second solo disc, Naked, on May 24, the same day Bluestars, the debut offering from the four brothers of Pretty Ricky, hit retail. Valentino issued his self-titled solo debut on April 26.
Scream IV: The HeartThrobs Tour dates, according to the tour's official Web site:
- 7/20 - Trenton, NJ @ Sovereign Bank Arena
- 7/21 - Bridgeport, CT @ Arena at Harbor Yard
- 7/23 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
- 7/24 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
- 7/27 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center at CSU
- 7/28 - Columbus, OH @ Value City Arena
- 7/29 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
- 7/30 - Champaign, IL @ University of Illinois Pavilion
- 7/31 - St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
- 8/4 - Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre (Universal)
- 8/6 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
- 8/8 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
- 8/10 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
- 8/12 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
- 8/13 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
- 8/14 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
- 8/17 - Greenville, SC @ Bi Lo Center
- 8/18 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
- 8/19 - Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
- 8/20 - Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
- 8/21 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
- 8/24 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 8/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 8/26 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
- 8/27 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
- 9/1 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
- 9/2 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
- 9/3 - Orlando, FL @ TBA
- 9/4 - Miami, FL @ Miami Arena