Common Takes His 'Circus' On Tour
Common has lined-up a 20-city, 21-date winter tour, launching Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C., and wrapping March 23 in Denver. The rapper will bring along some like-minded artists from the neo-soul and hCommon has lined-up a 20-city, 21-date winter tour, launching Feb. 26 in Washington, D.C., and wrapping March 23 in Denver. The rapper will bring along some like-minded artists from the neo-soul and hip-hop movements: Talib Kweli, Gang Starr, and Floetry.
To further hype the tour and Common's latest album "Electric Circus," MCA is re-releasing the set Tuesday (Feb. 11) with a bonus DVD. The disc will feature the video for the radio single "Come Close To Me" with Mary J. Blige, as well as footage from the making of the clip and the album's recording sessions. The cut is currently No. 21 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, while "Electric Circus" is at No. 32 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.
Lablemate Talib Kweli is touring in support of his second solo outing, "Quality." The MCA album is currently at No. 54 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where it debuted at No. 6 late last year.
Highly respected East Coast rap duo Gang Starr has been relatively quiet since its 1998 Virgin album "Moment of Truth," but the pair has a new single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally with "Skills," at No. 98. According to Gang Starr's official Web site, the duo's forthcoming album, "The Ownerz," will be released in coming months.
Floetry released its debut album, DreamWorks/Interscope set "Floetic," about four months ago. The set is currently No. 43 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Latest single "Say Yes" enjoyed a 72-58 jump this week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally.
Here are Common's tour dates:
Feb. 26: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Feb. 27: Providence, R.I. (Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel)
Feb. 28: Worcester, Mass. (Palladium)
March 1: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
March 2: Pittsburgh (Metropol)
March 4: Indianapolis (The Vogue)
March 5: Cleveland (Agora Ballroom)
March 6: Detroit (State Theater)
March 7: Milwaukee (The Rave)
March 8: Chicago (House of Blues)
March 9: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
March 12: Seattle (Showbox)
March 14: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theater)
March 15: Eugene, Ore. (McDonald Theater)
March 16: San Francisco (The Fillmore)
March 18-19: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
March 20: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
March 21: Phoenix (Cajun House)
March 22: Albuquerque, N.M. (Sunshine Theater)
March 23: Denver (The Fillmore)