News: Jay-Z To Headline Genre-Splitting Concert, Opens Historic Venue After 32 Years

Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 12:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z has been chosen to headline next month's "Last Smash Platinum Blast" concert at Arizona Stadium with Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and more.

Jay will share center stage alongside several popular music acts.

The lineup for the first concert at Arizona Stadium since 1977 is literally one of a kind. The April 29 concert will feature Jay-Z, Kelly Clarkson, Third Eye Blind and The Veronicas. You won't see the lineup for this concert anywhere else, as it's not part of any tour. Presented by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, it's a one-night-only show. (Arizona Daily Star)

Admission for the upcoming event will be available later this week.

The April 29 concert is presented by the Associated Students of The University of Arizona and any profits from the show will go into a scholarship fund. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday (March 27) for UA students and at noon for everybody else online only asua.arizona.edu. Prices range from $26 to $200. (AZ Starnet)

The former Def Jam president is known for performing at historic venues, including last October's performance at the renovated Hollywood Palladium in California.

"I'm honored to play such an iconic venue," Jay-Z said in a statement issued last August. "Just as Frank [Sinatra] ushered in a golden era, I hope this opening will mark the beginning of a resurgence in generation-defining live music." (Los Angeles Times)

Aside from hip-hop, Jay will also break new grounds as his New Jersey Nets franchise prepares their move to Brooklyn, New York.

"We'll be there for the 2011-2012 season," Nets CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement last week. "We've pre-sold 20 percent of our suites...We've got eight of our 14 founding partnerships already completely signed. Next week, we'll announce our ninth." (Bloomberg News)

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