Elaborately orchestrated PR stunt or poor timing?
Tuesday, as the world recovers from Kanye/Taylor Swift-gate at the MTV VMAs Sunday night, and 'Ye's ensuing apologies and appearance on The Jay Leno Show Monday, the complete dates for the Chicago rapper and Lady Gaga's massive "Fame Kills" tour have been announced.
Hey, it's Kanye's week, for better or worse!
According to MTV, the much-ballyhooed 34-date tour kicks off in Phoenix, AZ, November 10 before traversing the nation and dropping in on our neighbors to the north (pack a parka, guys, it'll be cold) over the following two months. The outing closes out January 24 in Dallas, TX. Hey, Kanye, so much that break from music, huh?
So what should fans expect from the "Fame Kills" tour? Well, other than a title that feels more relevant now than ever (which, it seems, could be part of this whole PR scheme), Lady Gaga's VMA performance suggests lots of blood, songs about card games, intricate dance routines, Phantom of the Opera masks, and suicidal references. Kanye, well, he might just steal the mic from Gaga and insist that some of his dawgs have a better poker face.
And what about Taylor Swift? May we suggest that she reprise that rap persona of hers, T-Swizzle, and hit Kanye up to open the tour! He certainly owes her one.
"Fame Kills" tour dates:
11/10, Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center)?
11/11, San Diego, CA (Vegas Arena)?
11/13, Las Vegas, NV (Madalay Bay Events Center)?
11/15, Anaheim, CA (Honda Center)?
11/16, Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)?
11/18, Sacramento, CA (ARCO Arena)?
11/19, San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion)?
11/24, Vancouver, BC (General Motors Place)?
11/26, Calgary, AB (Pengrowth Saddledome)?
11/28, Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)?
11/29, Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centre)?
12/2, Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)?
12/4, St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)?
12/9, Miami, FL (American Airlines Arena)?
12/11, Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)?
12/12, Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum Complex)?
12/13, Norfolk, VA (Scope)?
12/16, Worcester, MA (DCU Center)?
12/18, Philadelphia, PA (Wachovia Center)?
12/19, Baltimore, MD (1st Mariner Arena)?
12/20, Buffalo, NY (HSBC Arena)?
12/22, E. Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)?
12/26, Hartford, CT (XL Center)?
12/30, Washington, DC (Verizon Center)?
1/3, Uniondale, NY (Nassau Coliseum)?
1/6, Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)?
1/8, Kanata, ON (Scotiabank Place)?
1/11, Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)?
1/14, Auburn Hills, MI (Palace of Auburn Hills)?
1/16, Chicago, IL (United Center)?
1/19, New Orleans, LA (New Orleans Arena)?
1/21, San Antonio, TX (AT&T Center)?
1/22, Houston, TX (Toyota Center)?
1/24, Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)