After rolling out the dates for their upcoming "Up In Smoke" tour last week, the hip-hop royal court of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg set about pressing the flesh with the media over the weekend to get the word out about the 25-date trek.
The tour marks Dre's first-ever national tour as a solo artist, but with N.W.A. alum MC Ren joining his old school counterparts Dre and Cube on the bill and Snoop ready to fill in for the late Eazy-E, the tour is also shaping up to be an N.W.A. reunion trek.
"It's all done in the spirit of N.W.A.," Cube told MTV News' Kurt Loder over the weekend. "Everybody's going to do an individual set, of course, but at the end we're all going to come out together as N.W.A. and drop a bomb."
"It's a dream come true," Snoop said of his slot in the Y2K take on N.W.A. "Every rapper's dream is to be on stage with superstars like Cube, Dre, Eminem, and the whole crew, so I'm just gonna go up there, do my part, and support the movement and just make positive and peaceful so we can do this again."
Not surprisingly, Dre is stoked about the notion of bringing N.W.A. back around again and bringing more fans as well. "It's gonna be off the hook, man," Dre told MTV News. "It's gonna be incredible. We're gonna give everybody that's been buying our records a real show, something they've never seen before."
Part of that little something extra is Eminem, who will find himself trying to hold his own among his fellow hip-hop heavyweights. "I don't try to compete, man," Em said. "I just do what I do. I go out and [do] whatever it is I been doin'... I don't remember the last show to the next." [RealVideo]
Warren G will also be on board when the "Up In Smoke" tour gets rolling on June 15 in San Diego (see "Dre, Snoop, Ice Cube, Eminem To Go 'Up In Smoke'"). If you want to check it out, here's where to look:
- 6/15 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheater
- 6/16 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
- 6/19 - San Jose, CA @ Sa Jose Arena
- 6/24 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
- 6/30 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
- 7/1 - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
- 7/2 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
- 7/3 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Melon Arena
- 7/6 - Detroit, MI @ TBA
- 7/8 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
- 7/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
- 7/13 - Rochester, NY @ Blue Cross Arena
- 7/14 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Center
- 7/15 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center
- 7/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Spectrum
- 7/20 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
- 7/21 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
- 7/22 - Hartford, CT @ Hartford Coliseum
- 7/25 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Arena
- 7/26 - Buffalo, NY @ Midland Marina Arena
- 7/27 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center
- 7/29 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Coliseum
- 7/30 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
- 8/1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ TBA
- 8/2 - Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace