DRAKE ANNOUNCES 27-CITY NORTH AMERICAN AMPHITHEATRE TOUR

"The Club Paradise Tour" Kicks Off May 7 in Concord, CA With Special Guest J. Cole: Tickets On Sale Friday, March 23

Drake: The Club Paradise Tour
Drake: The Club Paradise Tour
  • Drake: The Club Paradise Tour
    Drake: The Club Paradise Tour
    Drake: The Club Paradise Tour
    Drake: The Club Paradise Tour

Multi-Platinum selling, Grammy® nominated recording artist Drake today announced a 27-city U.S. amphitheatre run of The Club Paradise Tour in support of his critically acclaimed album TAKE CARE. J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana will support. The Live Nation promoted tour kicks off May 7th in Concord, CA at Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord.  Tickets go on sale beginning March 23rd at http://bit.ly/Draketickets.

Citi card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, March 21st at 10am local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program.  For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.  Citi is the official credit card of The Club Paradise Tour.

"I feel like this tour is coming at the perfect time,” says Drake. “It's taking place in the season that we all wait for, We're outdoors and you've got every single artist you wait to hear in the club on one bill...that's Club Paradise."

The Club Paradise Tour comes on the heels of Drake’s hugely successful sold out US college and European arena tours which saw the artist play US college arenas from Miami to San Jose and European venues including London’s O2 Arena and the Oslo Spektrum. The Los Angeles Times review of Drake’s performance at USC’s Galen Center praised Drake’s “masterful flow and wildly imaginative wordplay,” and The OC Register raved that the LA show was a “near knockout performance” and “only a sampling of the heights Drake seems capable of scaling.”

TAKE CARE (Young Money / Cash Money / Universal Republic), Drake’s sophomore album was released November 15, 2011 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with 631,000 copies sold. Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, the album has been praised as one of the best releases of the year, with The New York Times dubbing Drake “hip-hop’s current center of gravity.”  The album has since been certified Platinum, having sold over 1.5 million copies in the US.

TAKE CARE follows Drake’s full length album debut, 2010’s THANK ME LATER, which also bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart week of release and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.  The album earned Drake multiple Grammy®  nominations, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Solo performance. 

VIP packages for The Club Paradise Tour are available through VIP Nation, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information please visit www.VIPNation.com.

THE CLUB PARADISE TOUR DATES:

DATE               CITY                             VENUE                                                                         ON SALE

May 7               Concord, CA                 Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord **                                  March 23

May 8               Irvine, CA                      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater                                       March 24          

May 10             Phoenix, AZ                  Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion                              March 24          

May 11             Las Vegas, NV              MGM Grand Garden Arena                                             TBA

May 13             Denver, CO                   Comfort Dental Amphitheatre                                         March 24          

May 14             Albuquerque, NM          Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion    March 24

May 16             Dallas, TX                     Gexa Energy Pavilion                                                    March 23          

May 17             Houston, TX                  Toyota Center                                                               March 23          

May 19             Charlotte, NC                Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte             TBA

May 20             Atlanta, GA                   Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood                                TBA                 

May 22             Raleigh, NC                   Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek          TBA

May 23             Virginia Beach, VA        Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach                                TBA                 

May 25             Washington, DC            Verizon Center                                                               TBA                 

May 26             Pittsburgh, PA              First Niagara Pavilion                                                     TBA                 

May 28             Cleveland, OH               Blossom Music Center                                                   TBA                 

May 30             Detroit, MI                     DTE Energy Music Theatre                                             TBA                 

June 1              Indianapolis, IN             Klipsch Music Center                                                     TBA                 

June 2              Chicago, IL                   First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre                                   TBA                 

June 5              Memphis, TN                 FedExForum                                                                 TBA                 

June 6              Cincinnati, OH               Riverbend Music Center                                                 TBA                 

June 8              Darien Lake, NY            Darien Lake Performing Arts Center                                TBA     

June 9              Philadelphia, PA            Susquehanna Bank Center                                             TBA                 

June 11             Hartford, CT                  Comcast Theatre                                                           TBA     

June 12             Holmdel, NJ                  PNC Bank Arts Center                                                   TBA                 

June 14             Saratoga Springs, NY    Saratoga Performing Arts Center                                    TBA     

June 16             New York, NY               Nikon at Jones Beach Theater                                        TBA                 

June 17             Boston, MA                  Comcast Center                                                            TBA                                                     

** J. Cole will not be appearing on this date

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