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.”

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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 18Anaheim, CAThe Grove of Anaheim
February 19San Diego, CAHouse of Blues
February 20Los Angeles, CAClub Nokia
February 21Phoenix, AZCelebrity Theatre
February 22Ventura, CAMajestic Ventura Theatre
February 23Bakersfield, CAFox Theater
February 25Sacramento, CAAvalon Sacramento
February 26Portland, ORRoseland Theatre
February 27Seattle, WAShowbox SoDo
February 28Eugene, ORMcDonald Theatre
March 1Medford, ORMain One Center for the Arts
March 2Boise, IDKnitting Factory
March 4Idaho Falls, IDCivic Auditorium
March 5Missoula, MTWilma Theatre
March 6Magna, UTGreat Saltair Theater
March 7Albuquerque, NMSunshine Theatre
March 8Denver, COOgden Theatre
March 9Aspen, COBelly Up Aspen
March 10Boulder, COFox Theatre
March 12Tulsa, OKCain’s Ballroom
March 14Dallas, TXHouse of Blues
March 15Houston, TXHouse of Blues
March 16New Orleans, LAHouse of Blues
March 18Norfolk, VAThe Norva
March 19New Haven, CTToad’s Place
March 20Providence, RILupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
March 21New York, NYBlender Theater at Gramercy
March 29Chicago, ILHouse of Blues

Last Updated on February 3, 2009 by By Allison Reitz