By Daniel Gaona
Photo by Matthew Henry
Last April, Jay-Z performed in Tucson at the Arizona Stadium. Almost exactly a year later, he is returning to Southern Arizona.
“I saw the life out there last year and I just had to come back,” Shawn Corey Carter said in a phone interview with the Aztec Press. “Once I see a fan base like that, I know I have to go back.”
This time, he will host his concert at the Aztec Gymnasium on the Pima Community College West Campus.
The Brooklyn-born star will make his Tucson return on April 31 at 7:30 p.m. Due to the size of the building, tickets are expected to go quickly.
PCC officials said the facility is limited to about 1,000 people, which will be strictly enforced because of fire codes.
Carter said he is looking forward to the more intimate set-up.
“I like performing in the smaller venues because it gives me a chance to get to know the crowd,” the rapper said. “It is amazing performing at places like Madison Square Garden in front of thousands of diehard fans but it is also great to mix things up a little.”
Jay-Z’s most recent release was Blueprint 3 in September 2009. It was the No. 1 album in its first two weeks after being released.
But Jay said those won’t be the only tracks he puts on for Pima fans.
“I want to go from beginning to end,” he said. “Nothing gets left behind. But of course I can’t play every song I’ve ever made.”
He also said it is likely he would bring some special guests on stage with him.
“Don’t be surprised if I’m not the only rapper up there during the concert,” he added.
Some comments hinted that he expects Young Jeezy and Kanye West to appear with him and possibly even female artists Rihanna and Alicia Keys. He also joked there will be no “T-Paining” referring to his song “Death of Auto-Tune.”
Ticket prices have not yet been set or released. The date for tickets to go on sale is still undetermined as well.
Pima’s concert director, Joe Kerr, said “a lot” of tickets will be given out in contests.
“This is the first time an event like this will be held here and we want to make everything of it,” Kerr said. “If people want tickets, then they better get in line.”
More updates will be posted on AztecPressOnline.com as they become available.