Jay-Z and Kanye West "Watch the Throne" tour to hit Denver - Reverb

News: Jay-Z, Kanye West to share “throne” at Pepsi Center this fall

Jay-Z, seen here at the Pepsi Center in 2010, will return to the arena with Kanye West in October. Photo by John Leyba, The Denver Post.

Jay-Z, seen here at the Pepsi Center in 2010, will return to the arena with Kanye West in October. Photo by John Leyba, The Denver Post.

Update 8/3/11: The Denver tour date has officially been canceled. More info here.

Update 8/2/11: The tour has been re-routed with a tentative start date on October 29 in Atlanta, Ga. The October 10 date in Denver has yet to be re-scheduled.

Hip-hop kingpins Jay-Z and Kanye West often engage in a coy back-and-forth about whom is “the greatest,” and now the two emcees will share the Pepsi Center stage on a fall tour, promoter Live Nation announced this morning.

The “Watch The Throne” tour will land in Denver on October 10, two months after an album of the same name will see an exclusive iTunes release before becoming available to retailers in physical format on August 12.

West and Jay-Z have been crafting the forthcoming “Throne” in alternate public and secret locations around the world for the better part of a year — including London and Bath in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris, and New York City, according to the press release.

West’s 2010 album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” topped many critics’ best-of lists.

The perpetually in-and-out-of-retirement Jay-Z has not released an album since 2009’s “The Blueprint 3,” a platinum-selling album anchored by the anthemic “Empire State of Mind.” Jay-Z last played the Pepsi Center in March of 2010 in support of the record.

Tickets for the fall tour — which begins September 22 in Detroit, Mich. with 24 confirmed dates — will be made available August 8 through LiveNation.com. Fans who purchase tickets that day will receive a free download of the album.

Limited presale tickets will be available Thursday, July 28 through LiveNation.

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John Hendrickson is the managing editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist for The Denver Post. Follow his rants on music and more on Twitter.

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  • David

    I know this is Denver, but there’s no reason to write “retirement” as you rednecks pronounce it:
    “retirment”