News: Nas, Big Boi & Common Headline "Rock The Bells" 2009

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2009 1:10PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Nas, Common, The Roots and more have been billed to headline this year's popular Rock the Bells international tour.

The upcoming tour will feature a wide variety of both commercial and underground artists.

Rock the Bells 2009 performances by KRS-One, House of Pain, Reflection Eternal, Damian Marley, Tech N9ne, K'Naan, RZA, Big Boi, La Coka Nostra, Slaughterhouse, M.O.P., Slum Village, Buckshot, Evidence, Alchemist and more. It will be hosted by KRS-One, Supernatural, Murs and Pete Rock. Additonal artists to be announced. The North American portion of the tour will run from June 27 to August 9. (Guerilla Union)

Performances will take place throughout the US and Canada.

Festival destinations include Chicago, Toronto, Washington, DC, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Vancouver and more dates/venues to be announced soon. (Press Release)

Beginning as a nationwide tour, the popular traveling festival kicked off its international run last year.

Rock the Bells made its European debut last fall, visiting such cities as Amsterdam, Prague, Stockholm, Helsinki, Paris and London. The European visit arrived on the heels of Rock the Bells' 10-date 2008 summer run of North American amphitheaters, which featured A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, Rakim, Pharcyde, Santogold, Kid Sister, Cool Kids and Murs, among others. Eight shows grossed $4 million and drew more than 87,000 people, according to Billboard Boxscore. (Billboard)

Aside from the tour, Nas recently released a statement discussing the focus of his collaboration album with Damian Marley.

"As an American, we have so much even in a so-called recession that a neighborhood like Queensbridge or Red Hook is Beverly Hills compared to the way people are living in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ghana," Nas said. "So obviously if we making records with that theme, there's gonna be things I want to build on. I think Africa has a lot to teach us." (MTV)

Nas and Damian's forthcoming project is reportedly being titled Distant Relatives.

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