After almost two weeks of speculation and swirling rumors, it’s finally official: Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are going on tour.
On the heels of their Top 10 single, “Suit & Tie,” the music-making duo are hitting the road for the Legends Of The Summer summer stadium. Kicking off July 17 in Toronto, Timberlake and Jay-Z will hop between big cities across North America – from New York City and Chicago to Los Angeles and Philadelphia – before wrapping up Aug. 16 in Miami at Sun Life Stadium.
“What are you doing this summer?!?!” Timberlake tweeted, along with a link to the announcement on his official website. “#LegendsOfTheSummer w. @S_C_”
Just a day before JT blew the lid off the tour, Jay-Z kept the rumor mill rolling by posting photos of various lit-up venues – such an Yankee Stadium, Candlestick Park and the Rose Bowl – on his website, Life + Times, heavily hinting at the tour name with a hastag: #LegendsOfTheSummer.
But before they board the tour bus, Timberlake and Jay-Z – who is expected to release a solo follow-up album to The Blueprint 3 this year – will headline London’s Wireless Festival, a two-day event to take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 12 and 13.
Confirmation of the Legends Of The Summer tour comes on the heels of news that Timberlake will return to Saturday Night Live for a fifth time, serving as both host and musical guest on March 9. Just two days later, the former N’Sync singer will take over Late Night With Jimmy Fallon during the week of March 11-15, marking the first time a guest has been featured for an entire week.
The appearances will top off Timberlake’s carefully calculated publicity push ahead of his third studio release, The 20/20 Experience, which will hit shelves on March 19. Ever since commencing his musical comeback in early January, Timberlake has stayed in the spotlight: From performing during a pre-Super Bowl party, going old-school on the Grammy stage, wowing a packed-house at Hollywood Palladium, and turning up London at the BRIT Awards, to amassing a following on his new Instagram account, unveiling the album’s artwork and track list, dropping a track penned for his newlywed wife Jessica Biel, “Mirrors”, and debuting his David Fincher-directed “Suit & Tie” music video.
Tickets for all dates – see below – except New York go on sale to the public on Feb. 28.
July 17 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
July 19 New York, NY Yankee Stadium**
July 22 Chicago, IL Soldier Field
July 26 San Francisco, CA Candlestick Park
July 28 Los Angeles, CA Rose Bowl
July 31 Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium
August 4 Hershey, PA Hershey Stadium
August 6 Detroit, MI Ford Field
August 8 Baltimore, MD M&T Bank Stadium
August 10 Boston, MA Fenway Park
August 13 Philadelphia, PA Citizens Bank Park
August 16 Miami, FL Sun Life Stadium
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