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- Posted on May 26th 2010 7:16AM by Chris Mugan
Other acts have also confirmed they are to play albums in their entirety at the roving hip-hop carnival. Rakim aims to reprise 'Paid in Full,' KRS-One returns to Boogie Down Productions' 'Criminal Minded,' and Slick Rick performs 'The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.'
Now in its seventh year, the annual tour has always pitted rap veterans against newcomers -- previous highlights have included Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Cypress Hill -- but the call to revisit classic works is something of a departure.
In a statement on the Rock The Bells website, founder Chang Weisberg said, "Ultimately, our goal is to always present something that is historic. This year's show is the epitome of that tradition. Some things new and fresh, some things classic and legendary, and something that you've never seen or may never see and hear again."
Weisberg also promised some surprises along the way, so the rumours that Lauryn Hill and A Tribe Called Quest are to appear may not be totally unfounded, even if their names didn't crop up in the initial announcement.
The seventh Rock The Bells tour begins in Los Angeles on Aug. 21 before visiting San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C.
Rock The Bells plays:
NOS Events Center, Los Angeles (Aug. 21)
Shoreline Amphiheatre, San Francisco (Aug. 22)
Governer's Island, New York (Aug. 28)
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Washington, D.C. (Aug. 29)