At 9 a.m. this morning, Kanye West tweeted the one word that some music fans have been waiting for all summer: “TOUR.”
Attached was a poster for West's upcoming “Yeezus” tour, followed shortly by the official announcement from promoter AEG Live that he'll be stopping in 23 cities, including Tampa.
The Grammy-winning rapper is set to perform at the Forum on Nov. 30. He has one other Florida performance, in Miami on Nov. 29.
Tickets for the tour are set to go on sale Sept. 13, but no prices have been announced yet.
Up-and-coming rap star Kendrick Lamar is scheduled to be the opener on most of the tour dates, but not Tampa. A different “special guest” opener for Tampa will be announced soon, the news release from AEG Live said. Lamar is scheduled to perform at the MidFlorida Amphitheatre in Tampa Oct. 11.
The tour is being billed as West's first solo tour in five years. He released his sixth album, “Yeezus,” earlier this summer. That album, which includes the songs “I Am a God,” “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves,” received mixed reviews and was a departure from West's more pop-oriented and radio-friendly sound, and instead featured stripped-down, minimalist beats and lyrics.
In keeping with the tone of "Yeezus," West's performances have been stripped down too. Earlier this month he performed “Blood on the Leaves” at the MTV Video Music Awards, but appeared mostly in silhouette in front of a lit backdrop.