Good news for all the rap fans clamoring to see one of the hottest hip-hop tours of the summer: The [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist]-powered Young Money Presents: The America’s Most Wanted Music Festival has been extended, it was announced Wednesday (August 5), with 10 additional shows added to the bill.
The tour will now continue through September, ending with a stop in Sunrise, Florida, on September 6. [artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist] and [artist id="2814953"]Soulja Boy Tell’em[/artist] are co-headlining the tour alongside Weezy, with support from Pleasure P, Jeremih and the Young Money crew, which includes Nicki Minaj.
The extension could be bittersweet news for Drake. The lyricist might be tempted to hop onstage for the extra dates despite his recent leg injury . The breakout star was one of the original headliners on the bill, but after suffering a knee injury, he was dropped down to a special-guest spot during Lil Wayne’s set. The Toronto MC joined his boss and company at the first two stops in Pennsylvania, but reinjured himself in Philadelphia . Video of his fall, which showed Drake writhing in pain, circulated online.
At the next stop, in New York, Lil Wayne announced to the crowd that his protégé further injured ligaments in his knee and would require surgery. Drake missed the New York date and the following stop in Virginia, but on Tuesday, the upstart surprised his hometown when he popped up during Wayne’s set in Toronto . The singer was joined by Trey Songz for Drake’s underground hit “Successful.”
Drake spoke to MTV News prior to the tour’s kickoff and admitted he was taking a gamble by performing, but he said he didn’t want to let his fans down.
“I didn’t really get any approval from my doctor, but I made a personal decision 48 hours ago that I’d be letting a lot of people down if I didn’t show up and at least show them I’m there for them,” Drake explained. “For the last two weeks, I’ve been really going hard, getting all types of acupuncture, trying to bring the swelling [in my knee] down. I’m walking around — no cane. I’ll put a brace on it tomorrow night. No one will probably even know I’m injured.”
Upcoming America’s Most Wanted tour dates:
» 8/6 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
» 8/7 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
» 8/8 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
» 8/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
» 8/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
» 8/13 – Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk
» 8/14 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
» 8/15 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
» 8/17 – Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
» 8/18 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
» 8/20 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
» 8/21 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
» 8/22 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
» 8/23 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
» 8/24 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
» 8/27 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Theme Park Resort
» 8/28 – Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
» 8/29 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
» 8/30 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
» 9/01 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
» 9/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
» 9/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
» 9/04 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
» 9/06 – Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center