LL Cool J announces first headlining tour in 30 years

Ultimate hip hop mash-up features The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff & DJ Z-Trip

Live Nation Urban reveals details for a new once-in-a-lifetime touring experience and a celebration of hip hop culture – Rock The Bells & Live Nation Urban Presents The F.O.R.C.E. (Frequencies of Real Creative Energy) Live headlined by LL Cool J. The historic tour will mark the rap icon’s first headline arena tour in 30 years. Living up to the acronym F.O.R.C.E. (Frequencies of Real Creative Energy), the lineup for this tour is personally curated by LL Cool J himself.

Building off of their amazing performance together on the Grammy Awards earlier this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip hop, all dates will feature collaborative live performances with preeminent award-winning hip hop group The Roots, the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff, and DJ Z-Trip. Unlike the traditional “opening act – headliner” format, the show will be a nonstop musical mash up with artist performances interwoven within one continuous musical set backed by The Roots. In select cities, the bill also boasts a rotating cast of iconic acts, including Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Rakim, Common, MC Lyte, Method Man & Redman, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ice T, Juvenile, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Goodie Mob, Jadakiss, Rick Ross and more.

“I’m excited to be on my first arena tour in 30 years,” LL Cool J says. “It’s proof that our culture is more viable than ever. Get ready for some non stop beats and rhymes. See you this summer!”

The F.O.R.C.E. Live hits the road on June 25th in Boston at TD Garden before stopping in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on June 27th, rolling through arenas across the US and Canada, and closing out on September 3rd in Los Angeles at Kia Forum.

Pre-sales start Tuesday, April 25th at noon local time and end Thursday, April 27th at 10 pm local time. General on-sale kicks off Friday, April 28th at 10 am local time via rockthebells.com.

Buddy Iahn
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