(Drake on his plans for 'Club Paradise' tour)
By Jocelyn Vena
Wondering when you might catch Drake on his "Club Paradise" tour? Well, wonder no more. Despite a previous delay, Drizzy plans to kick off the show on the most romantic day of the year, February 14, in Miami. The 17-city tour will circle around North America, playing colleges in cities like Austin, New Orleans and San Diego. The Take Care rapper will be joined by Hottest Breakthrough MC contenders Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky. The fellas will take it international and also hit up Europe once the stateside shows end in March.
"I fought for this tour, I fought really hard for this tour because, of course, they want me to go get the big bucks, go into the stadiums and cash out," Drake revealed to MTV News in October about the decision to play more intimate shows. "But I was just like, I really made this album for the same people that supported me since day one."
"I spent a lot of time out there [in Toronto]; that's what this album is about," Drake recently explained. "That's what I'm gonna showcase. It's the same thing with the tour: I wanna bring Kendrick, I wanna bring A$AP, those are guys that I love. It has nothing to do with people on my label," he added. "Tyga's out, Nicki's working on an album and everybody else is doing their thing on the road with Wayne or with Wayne in the studio, so I just sort of showcased the music that I happen to love right now, and those are the two guys that I'm bringing out."
In addition to a tour, next year Drake and Rick Ross plan to drop the Y.O.L.O. (You Only Live Once) mixtape. "It's official, the music is most definitely official," Ross said. "But, you know, me being a boss, I'm trying to find a way that we could put that on the shelves for the world, baby. But it's most definitely official." The release rides on the heels of Drake's chart-topping Take Care, which dropped in November.
Dates for Drake's North American Club Paradise Tour are as follows:
» February 14 - Miami, FL @ Bank United Center
» February 15 - Gainesville, FL @ Stephen C. O'Connell Center
» February 17 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
» February 18 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
» February 21 - Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
» February 22 - Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
» February 24 - Tallahassee, FL @ Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
» February 25 - New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
» February 27 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
» February 28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
» March 1 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
» March 2 - Arlington, TX @ College Park Center
» March 4 - Tuscon, AZ @ Tucson Arena
» March 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Galen Center
» March 8 - Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
» March 10 - San Jose, CA @ Event Center
» March 11 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena