Salt-n-Pepa Back With 'Greatest Hits' Tour

Pioneering female rappers prepare for first North American concert series in four years.

Grammy-winning rappers Salt-n-Pepa have announced dates for their first

North American tour in four years.

Dubbing the outing their "Greatest Hits" tour, the hip-hop divas

revealed Monday (March 1) that they will launch a 40-city outing which

will kick off in Indianapolis on March 9. They'll sweep the

continent through April, ending the trip with an April 30 date in

Atlanta.

Featuring Cheryl "Salt" James, Sandy "Pepa" Denton, and DJ Dee Dee

"Spindarella" Roper, Salt-n-Pepa was one of the first all-female rap

crews and undoubtedly the first to have a significant impact in the

marketplace. The platinum-selling trio's large-scale success dates

back to the beginning of rap's crossover to the pop charts, when their

song, "Push It," became an enormous hit in 1988.

Salt-n-Pepa followed "Push It" with such subsequent triumphs as "Shake

Your Thang" and "Let's Talk About Sex." The latter song was re-recorded

in 1993 as "Let's Talk About AIDS" for a campaign to educate women

about safe sex. In 1994, the threesome won a Grammy for Best Rap

Performance by a Duo or Group for "None of Your Business." 1997's

Brand New produced such hits as

"Gitty Up"

(RealAudio excerpt).

"We haven't toured in a while, so we're enormously excited about being

out there with our people," Salt said in a statement issued via her

label, Red Ant Entertainment. "Even when we take some time off, our

fans have been incredibly loyal."

Lucas Prata and L.F.O. will support the group on the tour.

Salt-n-Pepa Tour Dates:

March 9; Indianapolis, Ind., World Mardi Gras

March 10; Minneapolis, Minn., The Quest Club

March 11; Chicago, Ill., House of Blues

March 12; Cleveland, Ohio, The Odeon

March 13; Detroit, Mich., Harpo's

March 14; Toronto, Ontario, DV8

March 15; Montreal, Quebec, Dome

March 16; New York, N.Y., Life

March 17; Northampton, Mass., Pearl Street

March 18; Boston, Mass., Avalon Ballroom

March 19; Milford, Conn., Kangaroo Nightclub

March 20; South Amboy, N.J., Club Bene

March 21; Virginia Beach, Va., Peabody's

March 23; Athens, Ga., 40 Watt Club

March 24; North Myrtle Beach, S.C., House of Blues

March 25; Lake Buena Vista, Fla., House of Blues

March 26; Mobile, Ala., Bienville Blast

March 27; New Orleans, La., House of Blues

March 29; Panama City, Fla., Spinnaker

March 30; Chattanooga, Tenn., The Bay

March 31; Columbia, Mo., The Blue Note

April 1; Oklahoma City, Okla., In Cahoots

April 2; Lawrence, Kan., Granada

April 3; St. Louis, Mo., Ambassador

April 5; Denver, Colo., Lodo Music Hall

April 6; Calgary, Alberta, Cowboys

April 7; Edmonton, Alberta, Cowboys

April 8; Vancouver, B.C., Cheers

April 9; Seattle, Wash., Show Box

April 10; Santa Cruz, Calif., Palookaville

April 11; San Francisco, Calif., Maritime Hall

April 13; Salt Lake City, Utah, Harry O's

April 16; West Hollywood, Calif., House of Blues

April 17; Las Vegas, Nev., House of Blues

April 18; Sierra Vista, Ariz., Texas Annie's

April 20; Houston, Texas, Aerial Theatre

April 21; San Antonio, Texas, Coyotes Place

April 22; Lubbock, Texas, The Library

April 23; Port Arthur, Texas, Pleasure Island Music Festival

April 24; Dallas, Texas, Spy Nightclub

April 30; Atlanta, Ga., Music Midtown