Guerilla Union, the promoters behind popular concert series like Rock The Bells and Paid Dues, announced the addition of new acts to the 2010 Rock The Bells Festival Series on Tuesday (June 8).
Already, there is a stellar line-up including the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan, Rakim, KRS-One, Slick Rick and more.
Now, the company has announced a bunch of new acts to several of the dates for the tour — Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Premier, and Lauryn Hill.
Snoop Dogg will co-headline in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. performing for the first time his debut album, Doggystyle, in its entirety. The 1993 Death Row Records release went quadruple platinum and has since made influential albums lists including Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of Essential Recordings of the ’90s and The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums. This historic set will feature guest performances by Warren G,Tha Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage and RBX.
Alternative hip-hop luminaries, A Tribe Called Quest, are slated to perform their coveted third album, Midnight Marauders, from beginning to end. The 1993 release was the highly anticipated, up-tempo follow up to The Low End Theory achieving critical and commercial success.
Legendary producer, DJ and co-founder of revolutionary hip-hop group, Gang Starr, DJ Premier will make a special appearance to celebrate the life and work of fellow Gang Starr collaborator, Guru. This special tribute comes in the wake of Guru’s untimely passing to cancer on April 19, 2010. The innovative duo is largely credited for pioneering the hip-hop sound of the ’90s mixing jazz, funk and soul.
As a very special guest, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, musician and actress, Lauryn Hill will take the stage in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. A unique set will be prepared exclusively for Rock The Bells featuring songs from her critically acclaimed album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, spanning through her work with The Fugees and more. In 1998, Lauryn Hill set record-breaking sales with the release of Miseducation. Going on to set a new record the following year, Ms. Hill became the first woman to win five Grammys in one night.
Tickets for all markets will be available at TicketFly.com. An exclusive pre-sale for Guerilla Union newsletter subscribers will begin this Friday, June 11.
Tickets for Los Angeles and New York will go on sale to the general public June 12. Tickets for San Francisco and Washington, D.C. will go on sale the following week on June 19. Check RockTheBells.net for exact line-up and ticketing information for each city.
“This is one of those rare shows that lives up to the promise,” says Chang Weisberg of Guerilla Union. “It’s such a massive blessing to have all of these amazing performers embrace the opportunity to celebrate and unite everyone that loves hip-hop. I woke up this morning and asked my son to pinch me because I could not believe it myself. This kind of show happens only once in a lifetime. It’s a serious piece of live music history. All these records in one day? Some of the greatest records ever. I can’t wait to see it!
“Festivals the size and caliber of this year’s Rock The Bells are rare and difficult to assemble,” adds Weisberg about the decision to visit four cities this year. “We know that there are a lot of fans from other markets disappointed that Rock The Bells isn’t stopping in their city this year. Hopefully, those fans can travel to one of the four destination cities or support one of our more intimate shows that we’re planning for the fall.”
Guerilla Union encourages fans to stay tuned as there will be more announcements in the coming weeks.
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