Kanye West Announces ‘Saint Pablo’ Tour
The North American leg of the tour will kick off on Aug. 25 at Banker’s Life Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. West will perform in nearly 40 cities across the United States and Canada including dates in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Montreal, Detroit, Washington D.C., Miami, and Atlanta.
In an interview with the Steve Harvey’s morning radio show in May, West revealed a tour was in the works.
“You know my tour game is strong,” the Chicago rapper said. “My tour game is unprecedented. So we’re going to go out in September, I believe, and we’re just working on some of the ideas right now.”
West’s seventh album, “The Life of Pablo” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. The once Tidal-exclusive album sold 94,000 units with 70 percent of those coming from streaming, which is an estimated 99 million streams for the week ending April 7. “The Life of Pablo” is the first in Billboard history to sit atop the charts with most of its sales from streaming.
This is the first time in 3 years since West last performed in a North American arena. Despite this, the rapper still manages to draw large crowds, including an impromptu concert that was scheduled to take place in New York City in the early hours of June 6.
Pandemonium erupted on the streets of the East Village when West took to Twitter to announce a secret concert at Webster Hall, but was unable to do so when nearly 5,000 fans flooded the streets, chanting “Pablo” and “Kanye,” while awaiting the rapper’s arrival.
“Due to the large crowd that gathered outside of the event it was determined that for the safety for all those involved the performance would be canceled,” the NYPD said in a statement.
Mayor de Blasio is open to a block party that would benefit the children of NYC.
“Great block parties are planned. @Chirlane & I can throw one w/ you to benefit NYC kids,” he tweeted in response to West reportedly asking the mayor for permission.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 18 here.