LL Cool J The Force Love Tour 2023: Lineup, tickets, presale, dates, venues, and more 

LL Cool J at the MMA Global Possible Conference in Miami, Florida, US, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (Image via Getty Images)
LL Cool J at the MMA Global Possible Conference in Miami, Florida, US, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 (Image via Getty Images)

LL Cool J has announced a new tour, titled The Force Love Tour 2023, which is scheduled to take place from June 25, 2023, to September 3, 2023, in venues across the US and Canada. The concept of the tour was inspired by the singer's other project, the Rock the Bells festival, and the word "Force" in this matter stands for Frequencies of Real Creative Energy.

The hip-hop singer announced the tour, which will feature performances by artists such as Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Rakim, Common, MC Lyte, Method Man & Redman, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, among others, via a post on his official Instagram page:

Fans can access the Live Nation Presale beginning on April 27, 2023, at 10 am local time using the code VINYL. General tickets cost $369.50 plus processing charges and go on sale on April 28, 2023, at 10 am local time. You may access all presales and tickets at https://rockthebells.com/f.o.r.c.e.live.


The Roots to join LL Cool J on tour

Joining LL Cool J on tour will be the iconic hip-hop band The Roots, who are best known for their jazz-influenced hip-hop style. The band rose to prominence with their fourth studio album, Things Fall Apart, which was released on February 23, 1999, and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Also present will be American DJ Jeffrey Allen Townes, better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff, who achieved chart success with his second studio album, The Return of the Magnificent, which was released on May 8, 2007. The album peaked at number 55 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Alongside The Roots and Jazzy Jeff will be a veteran of the industry, DJ Z-Trip, who is best known for his remixes as well as for his work on video games such as the 2003 first-person shooter video game XIII by Future Primitive Sound and Ubisoft.

The full lineup for the tour is listed below:

  • LL Cool J
  • The Roots
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • DJ Z-Trip
  • 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
  • Goodie Mob
  • Jadakiss
  • Rick Ross

The Force 2023 tour will be LL Cool J's first headline tour in 30 years and is also set to be a precursor to the Rock the Bells Cruise in November. The full list of dates and venues for the Force tour is given below:

  • une 25, 2023 – Boston, Massachusetts, at TD Garden
  • June 27, 2023 – Brooklyn, New York, at Barclays Center
  • June 28, 2023 – Newark, New Jersey, at Prudential Center
  • June 29, 2023 – Toronto, Ontario, at Scotiabank Arena
  • July 1, 2023 – Baltimore, Maryland, at CFG Bank Arena
  • July 2, 2023 – Washington, DC, at Capital One Arena
  • July 4, 2023 – Atlanta, Georgia, at State Farm Arena
  • July 6, 2023 – Hollywood, Florida at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
  • July 8, 2023 – Raleigh, North Carolina, at PNC Arena
  • July 9, 2023 – Charlotte, North Carolina, at Spectrum Center
  • August 12, 2023 – Cleveland, Ohio, at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
  • August 13, 2023 – Chicago, Illinois, at United Center
  • August 18, 2023 – Detroit, Michigan, at Little Caesars Arena
  • August 19, 2023 – St. Louis, Missouri, at Enterprise Center
  • August 20, 2023 – Indianapolis, Indiana, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • August 22, 2023 – Memphis, Tennessee, at FedEx Forum
  • August 23, 2023 – New Orleans, Louisiana, at Smoothie King Center
  • August 24, 2023 – Ft. Worth, Texas, at Dickies Arena
  • August 25, 2023 – Houston, Texas, at Toyota Center
  • August 27, 2023 – Albuquerque, New Mexico, at Sandia Casino Amphitheater
  • August 29, 2023 – Denver, Colorado, at Ball Arena
  • September 1, 2023 – San Francisco, California, at Chase Center
  • September 2, 2023 – Las Vegas, Nevada, at MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • September 3, 2023 – Los Angeles, California, at Kia Forum

LL Cool J released his first studio album in 1985

James Todd Smith, better known by his stage name LL Cool J, was born on January 14, 1968, in New York. At age 10, while residing with his grandparents, he began his career. The artist produced his first demo tape at the age of 16.

The hip-hop singer released his first studio album, Radio, on November 18, 1985, after he was signed by the label Def Jam. The album was a chart breakthrough, peaking at number 46 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

LL Cool J achieved critical acclaim with his eighth studio album, G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), which was released on September 12, 2000. The album peaked as a chart-topper on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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