“Hotline Bling” rapper Drake is teaming up with Future for a summertime tour, their first since 2013.
The two artists will be kicking off their North American trek in Austin, Texas, at the Erwin Center on July 20. They have three dates scheduled for the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Gardens in New York City, before they conclude their Summer Sixteen Tour in Vancouver on September 18 at Rogers Arena.
They’ll also make a stop for two days in Drake’s hometown, Toronto, at the Air Canada Centre on July 31 and August 1, along with other major cities that include Boston, Nashville, Chicago and Houston.
Ticket prices vary with venue, with Staples Center admission starting at $95, while in Chicago costs start at $141 to see the duo at United Center. Meanwhile it’s $165 or $179 to see them in Drake’s native Toronto, depending on the date, or just about $200 to go to the show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. All ticket prices depend on seating.
Last year, Drake and Future teamed up to drop a mixtape, What a Time to Be Alive, which Rolling Stone called a shrewdly-timed collaboration that came out just as the two were hot off the year’s “biggest and best” albums. That album featured the hit “Jumpman,” while Drake’s “Hotline Bling” off 2015’s Views was so popular, it was nearly ubiquitous.
Let’s face it, your song is big if Saturday Night Live devotes an entire sketch to parodying it.
The tour is named after a track of Drake’s latest album, Views from the 6, which was so highly-anticipated it caused what the International Business Times called a “Twitter meltdown” when it was finally released on Friday. Some fans described the album as his best yet.
The artwork on the album cover caused a small stir, as it pictured Drake sitting atop Toronto’s 1,800-foot tall landmark, the CN Tower. While the picture was Photoshopped, that didn’t stop fans from having a little fun with a meme generator that allows you to drop any photo in to mimic the cover.
Future released his latest album, EVOL, in February, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Billboard praised the Atlanta native’s release as a dive into “dark, sprightly club-VIP lawlessness.” It described the album as “allergic to romance” and if that isn’t proof enough, Future himself said “EVOL” is just the word “love” spelled backwards.
Future started out singing back-up for artists like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Ciara and Lil Wayne, but in 2014 struck out on his own, with 2015 being a banner year for him. Complex explains that Drake and Future have a long relationship that hasn’t always been on the best terms. But they have been collaborating for years. Drake appears as a guest on Future’s song “Where Ya At,” the only guest appearance on the 2015 album DS2.
Though a relatively young rapper, Future seems to have nothing but a bright future (no pun intended) ahead of him. Complex points out that last year, he proved he could both produce a large amount of music that’s also of good quality.
“Every now and again, a prolific rapper strikes that magic combination of quality and quantity, and it seems almost impossible how many great songs they can put out in one year,” Complex says of Future.
Whatever differences Future and Drake may have had in the past, they seem to have patched it up as they gear up to thrill fans with exciting and show-stopping performances this summer.
|Drake Tickets 2016||Date||Venue||City|
|Drake Council Bluffs Tickets||Fri – 05/27/16||Harrahs Casino Hotel-IA||Council Bluffs, IA|
|Drake Austin Tickets||Wed – 07/20/16||Erwin Center||Austin, TX|
|Drake Dallas Tickets||Thu – 07/21/16||American Airlines Center-TX||Dallas, TX|
|Drake Kansas City Tickets||Sat – 07/23/16||Sprint Center||Kansas City, MO|
|Drake St. Paul Tickets||Sun – 07/24/16||Xcel Energy Center||St. Paul, MN|
|Drake Chicago Tickets||Tue – 07/26/16||United Center||Chicago, IL|
|Drake Chicago Tickets||Wed – 07/27/16||United Center||Chicago, IL|
|Drake Toronto Tickets||Sun – 07/31/16||Air Canada Centre||Toronto, ON|
|Drake Toronto Tickets||Mon – 08/01/16||Air Canada Centre||Toronto, ON|
|Drake New York Tickets||Thu – 08/04/16||Madison Square Garden||New York, NY|
|Drake New York Tickets||Fri – 08/05/16||Madison Square Garden||New York, NY|
|Drake Boston Tickets||Wed – 08/10/16||TD Garden||Boston, MA|
|Drake Buffalo Tickets||Fri – 08/12/16||First Niagara Center||Buffalo, NY|
|Drake Columbus Tickets||Sat – 08/13/16||Nationwide Arena||Columbus, OH|
|Drake Nashville Tickets||Sun – 08/14/16||Bridgestone Arena||Nashville, TN|
|Drake Detroit Tickets||Tue – 08/16/16||Joe Louis Arena||Detroit, MI|
|Drake Pittsburgh Tickets||Wed – 08/17/16||Consol Energy Center||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Drake Washington Tickets||Fri – 08/19/16||Verizon Center-DC||Washington, DC|
|Drake Greensboro Tickets||Tue – 08/23/16||Greensboro Coliseum||Greensboro, NC|
|Drake Atlanta Tickets||Thu – 08/25/16||Philips Arena||Atlanta, GA|
|Drake Tampa Tickets||Sat – 08/27/16||Amalie Arena||Tampa, FL|
|Drake Miami Tickets||Tue – 08/30/16||American Airlines Arena||Miami, FL|
|Drake New Orleans Tickets||Fri – 09/02/16||Smoothie King Center||New Orleans, LA|
|Drake Phoenix Tickets||Tue – 09/06/16||Talking Stick Resort Arena||Phoenix, AZ|
|Drake Los Angeles Tickets||Wed – 09/07/16||Staples Center||Los Angeles, CA|
|Drake Los Angeles Tickets||Fri – 09/09/16||Staples Center||Los Angeles, CA|
|Drake Oakland Tickets||Tue – 09/13/16||Oracle Arena||Oakland, CA|
|Drake Tacoma Tickets||Fri – 09/16/16||Tacoma Dome||Tacoma, WA|
|Drake Vancouver Tickets||Sat – 09/17/16||Rogers Arena||Vancouver, BC|
|Drake Ticket Prices 2016||Date||Avg Price|
|Council Bluffs, IA||Fri – 05/27/16||$74|
|Austin, TX||Wed – 07/20/16||$305|
|Dallas, TX||Thu – 07/21/16||$380|
|Kansas City, MO||Sat – 07/23/16||$297|
|St. Paul, MN||Sun – 07/24/16||$377|
|Chicago, IL||Tue – 07/26/16||$351|
|Chicago, IL||Wed – 07/27/16||$356|
|Toronto, ON||Sun – 07/31/16||$437|
|Toronto, ON||Mon – 08/01/16||$442|
|New York, NY||Thu – 08/04/16||$570|
|New York, NY||Fri – 08/05/16||$595|
|Boston, MA||Wed – 08/10/16||$325|
|Buffalo, NY||Fri – 08/12/16||$426|
|Columbus, OH||Sat – 08/13/16||$325|
|Nashville, TN||Sun – 08/14/16||$243|
|Detroit, MI||Tue – 08/16/16||$323|
|Pittsburgh, PA||Wed – 08/17/16||$448|
|Washington, DC||Fri – 08/19/16||$352|
|Greensboro, NC||Tue – 08/23/16||$304|
|Atlanta, GA||Thu – 08/25/16||$289|
|Tampa, FL||Sat – 08/27/16||$332|
|Miami, FL||Tue – 08/30/16||$307|
|New Orleans, LA||Fri – 09/02/16||$245|
|Phoenix, AZ||Tue – 09/06/16||$258|
|Los Angeles, CA||Wed – 09/07/16||$258|
|Los Angeles, CA||Fri – 09/09/16||$257|
|Oakland, CA||Tue – 09/13/16||$205|
|Tacoma, WA||Fri – 09/16/16||$272|
|Vancouver, BC||Sat – 09/17/16||$273|