After [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] put in road time with [artist id="854"]Mary J. Blige[/artist] last summer and Ciara earlier this year, it'll be a strictly boys night out when he takes the stage on October 9 to kick off a 24-date tour of college campuses and arenas. Joining him in the first sustained [article id="1620906"]tour in support of the near-platinum The Blueprint 3[/article] will be [artist id="1162883"]N.E.R.D.[/artist], VMA house band leader [artist id="2990927"]Wale[/artist] and Jigga [article id="1621225"]protégé J. Cole[/article].
The tour launches at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania, on the Penn State University campus on October 9 and will take the crew to arenas in Canada, Seattle, Baltimore and Providence. Along the way, it will stop at campuses in Champaign, Illinois, Ypsilanti, Columbus, Amherst, El Paso and Austin, where the tour is currently scheduled to wrap up on November 22.
North Carolina native Cole, 24, the first signing to Jay's new Roc Nation label, appears on the Blueprint 3 track "A Star Is Born," and the tour will be his first major exposure to life on the road. Cole, who was trying to hustle tracks to Jay just a few years ago, is slowly getting used to life in the spotlight. He recently told MTV News that the session for the "Star" was the first time he'd ever been in the studio with his new boss, an experience that was understandably nerve-wracking.
"[Jay-Z] was on the couch at first, right there," Cole said. "It was the first time I was in the studio with Jay. And Beyoncé was there, to make it 10 times worse. Half my thoughts are trying to think of a verse, and then Jay-Z is there watching you write a verse. So, I'm soaking it up."
Jay-Z tour dates:
» October 9 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
» October 10 - Highland Heights, KY @ The Bank of Kentucky Center
» October 13 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Rexall Place
» October 14 - Calgary, Alberta @ Pengrowth Saddledome
» October 15 - Kelowna, British Columbia @ Prospera Place
» October 16 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ General Motors Place
» October 17 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
» October 21 - Ypsilanti, MI @ Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center
» October 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
» October 24 - Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
» October 25 - Amherst, MA @ University of Massachusetts Mullins Center
» October 27 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
» October 28 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio State Value City Arena the Schottenstein Center
» October 29 - London, Ontario @ John Labatt Centre
» October 30 - Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
» October 31 - Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
» November 1 - Ottawa, Ontario @ Scotiabank Place
» November 7 - Fresno, CA @ Fresno State Save Mart Center
» November 12 - Champaign, IL @ University of Illinois Assembly Hall
» November 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Coliseum
» November 20 - El Paso, TX @ University of Texas at El Paso Don Haskins Center
» November 21 - Lubbock, TX @ United Spirit Arena
» November 22 - Austin, TX @ University of Texas at Austin Frank Erwin Center Arena