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Drake reschedules Club Paradise Tour dates

By Allison Reitz

The stars have aligned over a new Club Paradise Tour itinerary for hip-hop artist Drake, who was forced to postpone a planned fall North American routing for the tour.

Drake's 2012 calendar opens with a February 14 event at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, FL, and runs through March 11 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA. Seventeen events are scheduled for the North American outing, which is immediately followed by March and April dates in Europe.

The U.S. leg of the Club Paradise Tour will feature support from Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky. Onsale dates and ticket prices have not been announced at this time.

The only Drake tickets currently available on Ticketmaster.com are for a few holiday concerts, where Drake is one of several billed artists. Drake will also headline his own New Year's Day show at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV. Face values vary for these special events.

In an October 8 blog post, Drake cited on-going studio work in the postponement of the 2011 Club Paradise Tour.

"This music means too much to me to get attached to dates," Drake wrote, adding that the tour would be rescheduled "when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools."

The release date of his album "Take Care" also was pushed back to November 15 from the originally planned October 24. When it finally was released, "Take Care" topped the Billboard 200.

Drake itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

February 14 Coral Gables, FL BankUnited Center
February 15 Gainesville, FL Stephen C. O'Connell Center
February 17 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
February 18 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
February 21 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
February 22 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
February 24 Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
February 25 New Orleans, LA Lakefront Arena
February 27 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
February 28 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
March 1 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
March 2 Arlington, TX College Park Center
March 4 Tucson, AZ Tucson Arena
March 5 Los Angeles, CA Galen Center
March 8 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
March 10 San Jose, CA San Jose State University Event Center
March 11 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena


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