photos by V. Marc Fort (American-Statesman critic & Norushi Minx bassist)
When Jay-Z wasn't showing the Texans how his crew does it in Brooklyn, he spoke from the heart during his between song banter. "I know it sounds cliche, but don't let any haters block your dream," Hova said earnestly during one of the final breaks. Another one of the show's more intimate moments came when he brought up vocalist Bridget Kelly for two songs. After her inspired assist on "Empire State of Mind," Jigga Man smiled his biggest smile of the evening and said, "Damn...she put something extra on it for Texas...she put some extra bar-b-que sauce on it for Texas!" - V. Marc FortN.E.R.D. opened the show at the Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas in Austin on Tuesday (11/10). The full setlist and more pictures below. A couple of weeks earlier Jay-Z did "Empire State of Mind" (the new 'New York, New York'?) with Alicia Keys at Yankees Stadium to kick off Game 2 of the World Series. That video is below too.
returns to Austin for another show on November 22nd (November 22nd was moved to November 10th). It's one of four more shows he has this month. Then in February of 2010 he'll get on the road again with a NYC-area show announced for March 6th at the Izod Center in NJ. Tickets for that show go on Citi Cardmember Presale on Tuesday, 11/17 @ 10am. That's followed by an "Internet Presale" two days later which is followed by general sale two days after that (Sat, 11/21 @ 10am). All dates, with the other stuff, below...
N.E.R.D in Austin....
Jay-Z in Austin...
Jay-Z in the Bronx...
Jay Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind (Live At World Series 2009 Game 2 Yankee Stadium)
WRITTEN SETLIST FROM AUSTIN - 11/10/2009
RUN THIS TOWNJay-Z - 2009/2010 Tour Dates
U Don't Know
Show Me What You Got
Give It To Me
Heart of City (live)
Already Home (last verse Acapella)
Empire State of Mind
A Star Is Born
Nov 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum?
Nov 20 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center
Nov 21 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena?
Feb 22 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
Feb 23 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Feb 25 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
Feb 27 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
Feb 28 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Mar 3 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
Mar 6 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
Mar 7 - Norfolk, VA - Scope Arena
Mar 11 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
Mar 14 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
Mar 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
Mar 19 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Mar 20 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
Mar 22 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Mar 24 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
Mar 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center