Kendrick Lamar announces his ‘The Big Steppers’ tour, including a concert at San Diego State University
The 37-date tour is in support of his new album, ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’. Baby Keem and Tanna Leone are the opening acts
Kendrick Lamar won’t be waiting long to promote his first album in five years, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” which will be released today and is one of the most anticipated albums of 2022 for many fans.
The Los Angeles native — who won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album, “DAMN.” — will kick off his “The Big Steppers Tour” July 19 at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City.
The 37-concert trek will include a Sept. 6 show at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena. It will conclude its North American leg in Los Angeles with Sept. 15 and 16 performances at Crypto.com Arena (the venue formerly known as Staples Center). A European tour will follow.
Lamar has not toured since 2019. His most recent San Diego area performance was in 2018 at what is now North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista.
Being self-congratulatory has long been de rigueur in hip-hop, a music that celebrates achievement — both real and aspirational — along with boasts, toasts and more boasts.
The opening acts for all the dates on “The Big Steppers Tour” will be Baby Keem and Tanna Leone.
Keem, a 2022 Grammy Award winner, is the 21-year-old cousin of Lamar. Leone and Keem both record for pgLang, Lamar’s record label and multimedia company.
Both are also featured on Lamar’s new album, which is, in fact, a double-album. Other guests on “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” range from Pharrell Williams and Ghostface Killah to The Alchemist and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.
Tickets for “The Big Steppers Tour” go on sale to the general public May 20 at noon local time on Lamar’s website, oklama.com, and at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com. A pre-sale will be held on the same websites beginning at 10 a.m. local time Thursday and is open to all.
Ticket prices for Lamar’s San Diego concert are priced between $59 and $129 each, plus service fees.
Kendrick Lamar 2022 tour dates
Tuesday, July 19: Oklahoma City, Okla., Paycom Center
Thursday July 21: Austin, Texas, Moody Center ATX
Friday July 22: Houston, Texas, Toyota Center
Saturday July 23: Dallas, Texas, American Airlines Center
Wednesday July 27: Tampa, Fla., Amalie Arena
Friday July 29: New Orleans, La., Smoothie King Center
Saturday July 30: Atlanta, Ga., State Farm Arena
Sunday July 31: Nashville, Tenn., Bridgestone Arena
Tuesday Aug. 2: Charlotte, N.C., Spectrum Center
Thursday Aug. 4: Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
Friday Aug. 5: Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
Saturday Aug. 6: Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
Sunday Aug. 7: Long Island, N.Y., UBS Arena
Tuesday Aug. 9: Philadelphia, Pa., Wells Fargo Center
Wednesday Aug. 10: Boston, Mass., TD Garden
Friday Aug. 12: Toronto, Ontario, Scotiabank Arena
Saturday Aug. 13: Toronto, Ontario, Scotiabank Arena
Sunday Aug. 14: Detroit, Mich., Little Caesars Arena
Tuesday Aug. 16: Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
Thursday Aug. 18: Milwaukee, Wis., Fiserv Forum
Friday Aug. 19: Chicago, Ill., United Center
Saturday Aug. 20: Minneapolis, Minn., Xcel Energy Center
Sunday Aug. 21: Kansas City, Mo., T-Mobile Center
Tuesday Aug. 23: Denver, Colo., Ball Arena
Wednesday Aug. 24: Salt Lake City, Utah, Vivint Arena
Friday Aug. 26: Portland, Ore., Moda Center
Saturday Aug. 27: Seattle, Wash., Climate Pledge Arena
Sunday Aug. 28: Vancouver, B.C., Rogers Arena
Tuesday Aug. 30: Sacramento, Golden 1 Center
Wednesday Aug. 31: Oakland, Oakland Arena
Thursday Sept. 1: Oakland, Oakland Arena
Tuesday Sept. 6: San Diego, Viejas Arena at San Diego State University
Wednesday Sept. 7: Anaheim, Honda Center
Friday Sept. 9: Las Vegas, Nev., T-Mobile Arena
Saturday Sept. 10: Phoenix, Ariz., Footprint Center
Wednesday Sept. 14: Los Angeles, Crypto.com Arena
Thursday Sept. 15: Los Angeles, Crypto.com Arena
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