Drake Touring In 2012 With Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky
When Drake announced that he was launching a tour of North America in 2012 many of his fans wanted to know who was going to open for him. After all, most of the Young Money stable is busy with other projects.
For example, Drake’s “Club Paradise Tour” kicks off on the exact same day as Nicki Minaj releases her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. That day is of course Feb. 14, 2012.
To make sure each Drake concert starts on the right foot, Dizzy has tapped rappers Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky for his openers.
Kendrick Lamar, who used to go by the stage name “K. Dot,” released his first digital album, Section.80 in 2011. His first studio work is set to hit store shelves sometime next year.
A$AP Rocky, who recently signed a lucrative recording contract with Sony/RCA, released a mixtape called LiveLoveA$AP back in October. While A$AP has no studio album to promote, the Harlem-based rapper is currently enjoying the success of his first single, “Peso.”
Drake selected the two up-and-coming rappers because he’s a big fan of their work. He even went so far as to say he “loves” their music. Basically, he’s listening to Lamar and A$AP Rocky and he wants his fans to do the same.
Drake’s 17-date trek begins in Miami, Florida at the Bank United Center. It ends on March 11 in San Diego, California at the Viejas Arena. Highlights of his cross-country trek include New Orleans, Arlington, and Los Angeles.
Dizzy’s itinerary is listed below and you’ll notice that most of the venues are relatively intimate. Record executives wanted Drake to perform in large arenas but the Canadian would have none it. He wants his longtime fans—the ones that have been with him from the beginning—to experience his live music up close and personal.
Drake is selling concert tickets to support his sophomore effect, Take Care. The album debuted at number one and features contributions from Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Minaj, and Andre 3000.
Before launching his world tour, Drake will delight fans in Las Vegas, Nevada. Look for the “Best I Ever had” singer at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel for a special New Year’s Day concert.
After his North America dates are through, Drake has a slew of shows planned for Europe. His first performance in the New World is set for March 24 in Dublin and his last is scheduled for April 25 in Nottingham. Drake is also planning concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm.
Drake’s 2012 “The Club Paradise Tour” Itinerary
>>Feb. 14 – Drake visits Miami, FL and the Bank United Center
>>Feb. 15 – Drake visits Gainesville, FL and the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
>>Feb. 17 – Drake visits Nashville, TN and the Bridgestone Arena
>>Feb. 18 – Drake visits Columbus, OH and the Schottenstein Center
>>Feb. 21 – Drake visits Columbia, SC and the Colonial Life Arena
>>Feb. 22 – Drake visits Lexington, KY and the Rupp Arena
>>Feb. 24 – Drake visits Tallahassee, FL and the Leon County Civic Center
>>Feb. 25 – Drake visits New Orleans, LA and the UNO Lakefront Arena
>>Feb. 27 – Drake visits Austin, TX and the Frank Erwin Center
>>Feb. 28 – Drake visits Oklahoma City, OK and the Chesapeake Energy Arena
>>March 1 – Drake visits Kansas City, MO and the Sprint Center
>>March 2 – Drake visits Arlington, TX and the College Park Center
>>March 4 – Drake visits Tucson, AZ and the Tucson Arena
>>March 5 – Drake visits Los Angeles, CA and the Galen Center
>>March 8 – Drake visits Fresno, CA and the Save Mart Center
>>March 10 – Drake visits San Jose, CA and the Event Center
>>March 11 – Drake visits San Diego, CA and the Viejas Arena