Puff Daddy, The LOX, Ma$e, Lil’ Kim & More Announce Bad Boy Reunion Tour Dates
It was almost one year ago that Puff Daddy reunited with much of his Bad Boy Worldwide hit-makers for a medley concert at the 2015 BET Awards. The televised June event featuring followed a co-headlined Snoop Dogg concert at Madison Square Garden in February. Symbolically, that concert was at the same site as the 1995 Source Awards, which many believe was the single event that made the Death Row Records vs. Bad Boy Records feud public.
In both concerts, The LOX, 112, Faith Evans, and Lil’ Kim performed. Ma$e would appear at the BET taping, while Black Rob performed in Manhattan. Nearly one year later, the artist formerly known as Diddy fulfilled a promise, and announced the dates for the Bad Boy Reunion Tour. According to Entertainment Weekly, confirmed artists include Puffy, Ma$e, The LOX, Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, Total, 112, Mario Winans, and French Montana—who just joined Bad Boy’s Epic Records merger this month. Of all the headliners, Lil’ Kim was the one who never signed to Bad Boy. An Undeas/Big Beat/Atlantic Records artist for much of her career, Kim was longtime romantically connected to The Notorious B.I.G., as well as a featured player in Puff Daddy’s 1997 “The Family” lineup, although not on the multi-platinum album’s cover. The tour is said to see additional guests.
Bad Boy Records was launched in 1993, after Puff Daddy left his post at Uptown Records. The label’s first release was The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die.
Running from late August through early October, the Bad Boy Reunion tour dates are as follows:
|Thu Aug 25||Columbus, OH||Schottenstein Center|
|Fri Aug 26||Cincinnati, OH||U.S. Bank Arena|
|Sat Aug 27||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|Wed Aug 31||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center|
|Fri Sep 02||Detroit, MI||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|Sat Sep 03||Baltimore, MD||Royal Farms Arena|
|Sun Sep 04||New York, NY||Madison Square Garden|
|Tue Sep 06||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|Thu Sep 08||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|Sat Sep 10||Miami, FL||AmericanAirlines Arena|
|Sun Sep 11||Tampa, FL||Amalie Arena|
|Wed Sep 14||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|Thu Sep 15||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|Fri Sep 16||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|Sun Sep 18||Nashville, TN||Bridgestone Arena|
|Tue Sep 20||Charlotte, NC||Time Warner Cable Arena|
|Thu Sep 22||Washington, DC||Verizon Center|
|Fri Sep 23||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|Sat Sep 24||Boston, MA||TD Garden|
|Sun Sep 25||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center|
|Sat Oct 01||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|Sun Oct 02||Glendale, AZ||Gila River Arena|
|Tue Oct 04||Los Angeles, CA||The Forum|
|Thu Oct 06||San Diego, CA||Viejas Arena|
|Sat Oct 08||Oakland, CA||Oracle Arena|
Another 1990s-launched Hip-Hop label, No Limit Records, has been also been doing reunion spot dates.