Missy Elliott to hit arenas on first-ever headlining tour

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By journalsofus.com

Missy Elliott, whose career has provided the definition of “leave them wanting more”, has long resisted touring, but that’s changing in 2024. Along with some high-profile support acts, the hip-hop icon will be embarking on a tour that spans arenas in 24 cities this year – shockingly, this marks the first time he’s toured as a headliner in his entire career, which began in the 1990s. It happened with a bang.

Supporting him along the way will be a trio of figures that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who follows Elliott’s career: Busta Rhymes, Ciara and Timbaland.

Elliot’s longtime manager and tour co-producer, Mona Scott-Young, explains Diversity: “Having been with Missy for so long, I realized very early on that things happen exactly how they’re supposed to happen, and when, and it’s usually on Missy’s time. So even though there were some things that I felt she was ready for and I was looking for her to expand on, she was like, ‘No, the time is not right.’ No, I will tell you when the time is right. And so when he finally said, ‘Hmm, I think we should go out on tour,’ it was like bullshit! So of course we jumped into gear.

Scott-Young considers this an important historical milestone in spurring Eliot into action. The call read he probably came “after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” I think that was a seismic moment for her, too, where she realized that this was a goal and a dream that she was working so hard to achieve. And now that she felt she had achieved that pinnacle, she really wanted to do the thing she had been putting off for so long, which was to hit the road. It certainly wasn’t for lack of opportunities or offers. I think it was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The tour – called “Out of This World: The Missy Elliot Experience Tour” – will kick off in Vancouver on July 4 and end in Rosemont, Illinois on August 22. Major stops along the way include shows at LA’s CryptoArena on July 11, Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center on August 9, and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 12. The tour will also take him to cities including Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Oakland, Seattle, Austin, Houston, Tampa, Baltimore, Montreal and Toronto.

The tour was teased on Monday with a sci-fi-oriented clip directed by renowned music video director Dave Meyers, starring three of the four principals (except Timbaland, who was not available for the shoot).

“This is an incredible time in my life as I experience so many milestones for the first time,” Elliott said in a statement. “Being the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and now going on my first headline tour. Fans have been asking me to tour forever, but I wanted to wait until I felt like the time was right because I knew if I was ever going to do it, I had to make it big, And I get to do it with family!

The tour is being produced by Live Nation in association with Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment.

In recent years, Elliott has performed at a few different festival dates, where he drew crowds, as well as a show last year at the Yamawa Casino in Southern California, which Diversity reviewed, openly wondering why the show was not on the road. (The show was also ranked Diversity As one of the best concerts of the year at the end of 2023.)

Scott-Young says, “I mean, look, she’s always been ahead of her time and as we’ve heard, ‘Okay, so why did you wait so long?,’ she was just like, ‘Not so. This is what I was waiting for – now the time has come. And Missy is very good at knowing when she feels like it’s time to do something. So yeah, when we did Yamawa Casino, we all had the same reaction that you did. Like, Oh my God, this Fantastic, and we should take it across the country, across the world.

The manager-producer says the entire lineup was a key part of why Elliott was willing to do this now.

“It was very important to Missy that when she set out on this journey, she did it in the name of her family,” says Scott-Young. “Busta and Missy have had twins for a long time; People have really compared him in terms of his unique ability to think outside the box, in terms of his personality, in terms of his music. That’s why people always wanted to see them doing something together. And for me, this is a personal milestone, because I have managed both of them for many years, and even today I am inextricably linked to both their careers and their lives. So seeing them together on that stage will be a personal moment for me. And of course, Ciara has worked with her and they’ve become friends, and she looks at Missy as a mentor. She herself gives such a dynamic stage show and is a pop star in her own right. And of course, Timbaland, who I call his partner in rhymes; They both have a long history.

“So from start to finish, I would say this, it will be a seamless experience,” says Scott-Young, declining to say what format individual or group sets might take. “I think everyone knows they all have songs they’ve collaborated on together. So of course we want the show to feel like a family affair.”

The Verizon presale starts on Tuesday, with other presales happening throughout the week before the general sale on Friday at 10 a.m. local time. More details of the trip can be found here.

Scott-Young says she was met with disbelief when she reminded industry supporters that there was never a proper Elliott tour despite her rise to fame in the 90s, even as she performed with acts such as Lilith Fair at the time. Also participated in the group road show.

“Anybody I tell it’s their first headline, they say, ‘Oh, no, no, no.’ Then they say, ‘Oh crap, you’re right.’ Because he’s such a powerful presence and we’ve felt him throughout music for the last three decades. But when you think about it, it’s a little confusing to think that he’s never created great stages across the country, Because she always feels omnipresent.

Is that utterly elusive thing – a whole new album, which would be their first since 2005, if it were to happen – even possible? “I mean, I’ll always say with Missy, you can never say never,” says Scott-Young. “And you can never predict. I think we all thought this moment would never come, that we’d see him lead a tour, and here we are. That’s why I will never say no. That’s all I’ll say about Missy Elliot.”

Scott-Young already had a big year ahead of her that included a tour that will bring together XSCAPE and SWV with Maia, Total and 702. “2024 is a year of intentions for me. Whatever I have set my mind to and am determined to see come to fruition, it is coming to fruition. To have both of these tours within weeks of each other is unprecedented and they were both very, very important to me personally for different reasons.

XSCAPE/SWV/et al. The concept “came as a result of the show I did on Bravo, ‘The Queens of R&B,’ where the goal was to take the women on a tour,” before a controversy got in the way of it. Then, “we were able to come back together and realize that, collectively, they were stronger, just leaning toward women empowerment and supporting each other. These women put aside their differences and give fans what they want. …This show will be an anthem for women from beginning to end. It symbolizes women’s resilience in overcoming adversity, coming out victorious on the other side, and celebrating their talents and gifts and sharing it with the world.

As for Elliott and company, “don’t take the tour lightly,” the manager is urging: “I’ll just say this: we never know when it’s going to happen again,” says Scott-Young. “So it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is an opportunity that comes once in a while. I know what we are preparing to deliver on that stage.”

travel program:

Thursday, July 4 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Saturday, July 6 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena

Tuesday, July 9 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

Thursday, July 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Crypto.com Arena

Saturday, July 13 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

Tuesday, July 16 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Thursday, July 18 – Austin, TX – Moody Center

Saturday, July 20 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center

Sunday, July 21 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena

Wednesday, July 24 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Thursday, July 25 – Sunrise, FL – Amerant Bank Arena

Saturday, July 27 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

Thursday, August 1 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena

Friday, August 2 – Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum

Saturday, August 3 – Belmont Park, NY – UBS Arena

Monday, August 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

Thursday, August 8 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena

Friday, August 9 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

Saturday, August 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

Monday, August 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Thursday, August 15 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Saturday, August 17 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center

Monday, August 19 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

Thursday, August 22 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena

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