ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2013) – Grammy®-nominated Def Jam Recordings/Maybach Music Group hip-hop magnate Rick Ross announces a new solo headlining tour of the United States presented by AEG Live. The eight-city tour opens Nov. 12 in Detroit; a St. Petersburg stop is scheduled at The Mahaffey Theater on Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets starting at $39.50 will go on sale Friday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. online and charge by phone and 11 a.m. at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office.
Exclusive VIP experiences are available and also go on sale with tickets at 10 a.m. at www.axs.com. These amazing offers include a Meet & Greet with Rick Ross, individual photo opportunity, autographed limited edition memorabilia and more!
The announcement follows up last week’s release of Ross’ new single “No Games” featuring Future from the eagerly anticipated new album, Mastermind. Rick will team up with the famed 1500 Or Nothin’ Band for the tour which features a brand new show with a look and sound unlike anything anybody has seen or heard. Ross and the band previewed the show last month at an sro concert event at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, broadcast live nationwide on AXS TV.
The Fifteen Hundreds is a five-piece band that has toured the world with multi-platinum artists including Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, T.I., The Game and Faith Evans.
“It’s never been done like this,” Ross says. “We’ll be performing everything from “Tears of Joy” to “Aston Martin Music” all with a live band. It’s time to remind everyone what Maybach Music is all about.”
With a library of chart hits, critically acclaimed studio albums and the luxury of having the Maybach Music Group roster to call on, Rick Ross and The Fifteen Hundreds will have no shortage of material. The hottest MC in the game is looking forward to further solidifying his dominance in the music industry.
The tour coincides with the release of Mastermind, the follow-up to Rick’s controversial God Forgives I Don’t album released in July 2012. Details will be announced at http://www.rickrossmastermind.com. “No Games,” produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, impacts radio and iTunes on Oct. 1 and is the first advance track.
In addition, Warner Bros. Records will be releasing Maybach Music Group’s Self Made 3 album on Sept. 17.
Tickets for Rick Ross are $39.50, $49.50 and $69.50 and may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. Box office hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added ticketing charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
About Rick Ross
Six-foot-two, 300 lb. Rick Ross – a “hip-hop heavyweight,” as described by the New York Times, began the climb to world-wide super stardom with 2006’s Port Of Miami, his No. 1 Pop/No. 1 R&B/No. 1 Rap major label debut album. The street anthem “Hustlin’” became the first master tone ever certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies before the associated album had even been released.
Port Of Miami’s second single “Push It” evoked the gritty soul of Miami, a city that Ross embodies. Ross’s dominance in the game was further solidified with 2008’s Trilla, whose second single release, “The Boss,” featuring T-Pain, rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Rap chart, No. 5 R&B and Top 20 on the Hot 100. The next single release, “Here I Am” featuring Nelly and Avery Storm, also hit inside the Top 10 on the Rap and R&B charts.
A year later, the Bawse delivered again with 2009’s Deeper Than Rap, which was named the No. 4 top-selling hardcore hip-hop album of 2009 by Interference.com, in the company of releases by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne. Deeper Than Rap got a big jump out the gate with its first single, “Magnificent” featuring John Legend, produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Tracks chart and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Continuing to reign supreme, Ross’ fourth album, 2010’s Teflon Don debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. It spawned a slew of hits including the No. 1 single “Aston Martin Music” featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele and Top 10 singles “BMF (Blowing Money Fast)” and “Super High” featuring Ne-Yo.
After launching May Bach Music Group and signing artists like Meek Mill and Wale, the hottest MC in the game released the most anticipated album of 2012, God Forgives I Don’t, in July and sold 220,000 copies in its first week, becoming his fourth No. 1 Soundscan debut and his biggest first week sales to date. The project included top hits such as “Touch’N You” featuring Usher, “So Sophisticated” featuring Meek Mill, and the fan favorite “Diced Pineapples” featuring Drake & Wale.
In 2013 Rick Ross continues to supply the streets with heat. He has been featured on some of hip-hop’s hottest albums including Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail and Wale’s The Gifted, building anticipation for Mastermind, his fifth studio album.
About The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
About The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.