Eric B. & Rakim Announce First Tour Dates In 25 Years
Last July, Eric B. & Rakim reunited on stage for the 30th anniversary of Paid In Full. At Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the Hip-Hop legends added a new chapter in their history, performing a plethora of hits from their early catalog. Ambrosia For Heads filmed from the audience as more than 30 Rap peers shared the stage throughout the night, including DJ Kool Herc, Bumpy Knuckles, EPMD, Ice-T, Special Ed, Fat Joe, Flavor Flav, Main Source, Ma$e, Joeski Love, Roxanne Shanté, Chuck Chillout, Mr. Cheeks, Peter Gunz, Sweet T, T La Rock, and the late Lovebug Starski.
This morning (March 6), Eric B. & Rakim announced that they are taking their platinum-plus bond on the road in 2018. The group’s Twitter account posted 17 cross-country dates in the United States in partnership with Live Nation. The tour begins in just over one month and runs through May 7. The Queens DJ/producer/executive and the Long Island iconic MC have not toured together since the early 1990s. Last month, Eric B. confirmed that an ’18 tour was coming during an interview with Star. Today’s announecement is nearly a year-and-a-half after a tour was publicized on social media in October of 2016, and later refuted. In addition to the tweet, AFH confirmed the 2018 tour with Rakim’s management, as well as Eric B’s team.
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The dates and venues are as follows:
April 8 Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 10 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
April 11 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
April 12 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
April 15 Wallingford, CT – The Dome
April 17 Washington DC – The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 18 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage
April 19 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
April 20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
April 22 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
April 24 Houston, TX – House of Blues
April 26 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
April 28 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
April 29 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
April 30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 2 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
May 3 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
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Following 1992’s Don’t Sweat The Technique, Rakim and Eric B. would go on hiatus to focus on solo endeavors. Rakim since released three solo albums (including 1997’s gold-certified The 18th Letter), and has toured extensively on Rock The Bells and solo affairs. Meanwhile, Eric B. released a solo LP, and has pursued ventures in music and film.
Yesterday (March 5), AFH reported that Rakim is publishing a fall 2018 memoir, co-written with Touré.
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#BonusBeat: Footage from the 2017 reunion show at The Apollo: