West Coast rapper The Game will be back on the road this year, touring behind what he long claimed would be his final album....

West Coast rapper The Game will be back on the road this year, touring behind what he long claimed would be his final album. The nearly 30-date outing launches on February 18 at The Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA, and concludes March 29 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL.

The coast-to-coast jaunt includes a February 20 performance at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA, a March 9 concert at the Belly Up in Aspen, CO, and a March 21 show at Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York, NY. Public onsales for the tour have already started.

The Game, whose full name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, is promoting his August 2008 release “LAX.” Originally, the album was marked with a No. 1 debut spot on the Billboard 200, but after a recount by Nielson SoundScan, the top spot was given to “All Hope Is Gone” by metal band Slipknot, pushing The Game down to a No. 2 debut. According to published reports, the margin between the two releases was slightly more than 1,000 albums.

In the time leading up to the album’s release, The Game noted that it would be his final record. “I’m just tired with the way hip hop is going right now its just ugly,” he explained in an interview with 104.7 Kiss FM in Phoenix, AZ. “We’ll see what the next phase of hip-hop shows, and maybe I’ll be part of it, maybe I won’t.”

However, in more recent interviews, he has hinted that he could change his mind if the timing was right and demand was there.

“If my fourth album comes together, if the idea of it comes together the way that I want to, I’ll maybe consider doin’ a fourth album,” he said in an interview with DJBooth.net. “But if I can’t get in the studio with the people that I want to, and make it happen the way that I want to, if I can’t even get them to talk about the idea, then I won’t even consider it.”


The Game itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

February 18 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim
February 19 San Diego, CA House of Blues
February 20 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
February 21 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
February 22 Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theatre
February 23 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theater
February 25 Sacramento, CA Avalon Sacramento
February 26 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
February 27 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
February 28 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
March 1 Medford, OR Main One Center for the Arts
March 2 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
March 4 Idaho Falls, ID Civic Auditorium
March 5 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
March 6 Magna, UT Great Saltair Theater
March 7 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
March 8 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
March 9 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
March 10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
March 12 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
March 14 Dallas, TX House of Blues
March 15 Houston, TX House of Blues
March 16 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
March 18 Norfolk, VA The Norva
March 19 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
March 20 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
March 21 New York, NY Blender Theater at Gramercy
March 29 Chicago, IL House of Blues