Fans of hip-hop maven Nelly will have a chance to see him perform at several rare club events when he tours this fall in...

Fans of hip-hop maven Nelly will have a chance to see him perform at several rare club events when he tours this fall in support of the much-delayed “Brass Knuckles.” The rapper has announced shows in 13 cities so far, starting with a September 12 gig in Reno, NV, and wrapping on October 8 in St. Paul, MN.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Nelly is slated to release “Brass Knuckles”, his fifth solo album, on September 16. The album received a lot of hype when it was announced for release in 2007, but the actual in-store date has been pushed back several times. Most recently, the date was pushed from June 24 to August 19 — and then again to September 16. According to published reports, the decision to delay the album came from Universal Records.

The record is a follow-up to the 2004 separately released set “Sweat / Suit.” The latter album ranked higher on charts in the U.S. and UK, and attained multi-platinum sales over the single-platinum “Sweat.”

Nelly began rapping with his hometown crew, the St. Lunatics, in 1993. The group had their first hit in 1996 with “Gimme What U Got.” Four years later, Nelly began his solo career with “Country Grammar,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The album, released on Universal, later peaked at No. 1, a position it held for five weeks.

Nelly itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

September 12Reno, NVLawlor Events Center
September 13San Francisco, CAMezzanine
September 14Anaheim, CAHouse Of Blues
September 15West Hollywood, CAHouse Of Blues
September 22Dallas, TXHouse Of Blues
September 23Houston, TXWarehouse Live
September 25Fort Lauderdale, FLRevolution
September 27North Myrtle Beach, SCHouse Of Blues
September 30Baltimore, MDRams Head Live!
October 1New York, NYNokia Theatre Times Square
October 3Washington, DCLove
October 7Chicago, ILHouse Of Blues
October 8Saint Paul, MNMyth

Last Updated on August 26, 2008 by By Allison Reitz