While summer festival season is already almost over — with South by Southwest, Coachella, and Bonnaroo all done — there are still several big tours on the horizon to look forward to, as well as Lollapalooza, offering plenty of opportunities to see some great live music before summer vacation is through. It’s a good summer for hip-hop in particular, as three big rap tours will be hitting stages across the U.S. this year.
Eminem and Rihanna are teaming up for The Monster Tour, which is playing two nights each in just three cities — Pasadena, California; New York City; and Eminem’s hometown of Detroit in August. The pair have collaborated on the hits “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Monster.” Both of the Detroit shows and the first of the NYC dates have already sold out, so tickets are going fast.
Drake and Lil Wayne are co-headlining a 31-city tour through August and September. Lil Wayne’s upcoming album, Tha Carter V, is supposedly going to be the rapper’s last record, as he has repeatedly stated that he will retire after the album is finished. “I signed my contract at 11, I went platinum at 14. I’m 30 now. Thank God I haven’t put out an album that hasn’t went platinum,” Lil Wayne told MTV about his intentions to retire from the music industry. “To just keep it goin’ like that, I think not only am I being greedy, I’m fooling myself to think that it will continue to be that great.” Drake is featured on “Believe Me,” the first single from Carter V.
By far the most anticipated tour of the year is Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On the Run, which sees the power couple playing stadiums across the U.S. throughout the summer, wrapping in Paris in mid-September. The tour was announced with an epic mock movie trailer featuring a litany of celebrities that nearly broke the Internet when it debuted on YouTube. The two are coming off the massive hit “Drunk in Love” from Beyonce’s self-titled fifth album, and the chance to see the couple and frequent collaborators together in concert is a special opportunity for audiences this summer.
Other acts touring together this year include Rod Stewart and Santana, and The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne. If you missed out on the other big summer festivals, Chicago’s Lollapalooza is set for August 1-3 and will see Lorde, Eminem, and Skrillex headline.
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