Kanye Announces North American Tour Dates

Common, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia will join him for trek.

Def Jam has announced an itinerary for Kanye West’s Touch the Sky tour, and by the looks of it, the label’s main hip-hop breadwinner doesn’t favor arenas or theaters, as he’ll perform in both on his trek.

“Performing live is the reason why we make this music, spend so much time and thought and craft on it,” Kanye said in a statement. He’s titled his outing after one of the songs on his Late Registration LP.

“It’s never been about the critics or the album sales,” he continued. “It’s about the fans, and I love having the opportunity to bring this music — that I’ve poured my heart and soul into — to them. I think about how audiences are going to respond to hooks and intros and certain lines when I’m in the studio recording. Bringing these songs to the stage is the ultimate fulfillment of the creative process.”

Not surprisingly, West has tapped his GOOD Music artist Common to appear as well as extended musical family member Keyshia Cole, who also sang during some of West’s sets when he toured with Usher last year. “American Idol” winner Fantasia rounds out the bill.

Kanye’s kickoff is right around the corner, on October 11 at the University of Miami’s Convocation Center. From there, he’s all over the place, not coming off the road until December 11. His last scheduled stop is at the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kanye West tour dates, according to his label:


  • 10/11 – Miami, FL @ University of Miami Convocation Center

  • 10/12 – Tampa, FL @ USF Sundome

  • 10/13 – Gainesville, FL @ University of Florida O’Connell Center

  • 10/15 – Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center

  • 10/16 – Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena

  • 10/18 – Columbia, MO @ Mizzou Arena

  • 10/19 – Champaign, IL @ Assembly Hall

  • 10/21 – Buffalo, NY @ Alumni Arena

  • 10/22 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre

  • 10/23 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre

  • 10/23 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

  • 10/26 – Kingston, RI @ University of Rhode Island Ryan Center

  • 10/28 – University Park, PA @ Penn State Bryce Jordan Center

  • 10/29 – Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center

  • 10/30 – Fairfax, VA @ Patriot Center

  • 10/31 – Amherst, MA @ Mullins Center

  • 11/2 – New York, NY @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden

  • 11/3 – New York, NY @ Theatre at Madison Square Garden

  • 11/4 – Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena

  • 11/5 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum

  • 11/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center

  • 11/8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ AJ Palumbo Center

  • 11/9 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 11/11 – East Lansing, MI @ Michigan State University Breslin Center

  • 11/12 – Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theater

  • 11/13 – Dekalb, IL @ NIU Convocation Center

  • 11/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Excel Center

  • 11/14 – Evanston, IL @ Northwestern University (Welsh Ryan Arena)

  • 11/15 – Carbondale, IL @ SIU Arena

  • 11/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Center

  • 11/18 – Greensboro, NC @ Coliseum

  • 11/19 – Statesboro, GA @ Georgia Southern University

  • 11/20 – Birmingham, AL @ Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center

  • 11/22 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center

  • 11/23 – Memphis, TN @ Mid-South Coliseum

  • 11/25 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Arena

  • 11/26 – Dallas, TX @ Nokia Live

  • 11/27 – Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena

  • 11/29 – Denver, CO @ Magness Arena or Colorado Convention Center Lecture Hall

  • 12/1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre

  • 12/2 – San Diego, CA @ Cox Arena or UCSD RIMAC Arena

  • 12/3 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre

  • 12/4 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre

  • 12/6 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

  • 12/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay or Aladdin

  • 12/9 – Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum

  • 12/10 – Seattle, WA @ Everett Event Center

  • 12/11 – Vancouver, BC @ GM Place

For more on Kanye, check out the feature “All Eyes on Kanye West.”