So much for Kanye West's admittedly much-needed break from work: after stunning the Video Music Awards by storming the stage during Taylor Swift's Best Female Video acceptance speech, he revealed on last night's Jay Leno Show premiere that he hadn't really taken time to mourn the loss of his mother, Donda, who died in November 2007. "I've never taken the time off to really — you know, just music after music and tour after tour," he said.
Yet West has announced another tour: the full slate of dates for his "Fame Kills Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga" trek have been confirmed (full list is after the jump). West's road companion — recent RS cover star Gaga — also had a big night at the VMAs: she stunned the crowd with her trademark out-of-this-world outfits and a bloody performance of "Paparazzi," and took home a Best New Artist award.
Their joint trek launches November 10th in Phoenix, Arizona and stretches into 2010. Presale for the "Fame Kills" tour, which doesn't leave a major media market unvisited, begins tomorrow, September 16th, while the general onsale kicks off September 19th.
Considering half of the United States is pretty peeved at West right now, the timing of the presale isn't ideal. As Rolling Stone previously reported, despite Kanye's thicker resume of outrageous VMA moments and a couple more Grammys on his mantle, the rapper insists that he and Gaga will share equal billing on the trek. "She's talented and so incredible that she's not an opening act. We're doing it together, with no opening act," West said.
"Fame Kills Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga"
Nov. 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
Nov. 11 - San Diego, CA @ Vegas Arena
Nov. 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Madalay Bay Events Center
Nov. 15 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Nov. 18 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
Nov. 19 - San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
Nov. 24 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
Nov. 26 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 28 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Nov. 29 - Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Dec. 2 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Dec. 4 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Dec. 9 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Dec. 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Dec. 12 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Dec. 13 - Norfolk, VA @ Scope
Dec. 16 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
Dec. 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
Dec. 19 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
Dec. 20 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
Dec. 22 - E. Rutherford, NJ @ IZOD Center
Dec. 26 - Hartford, CT @ XL Center
Dec. 30 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Jan. 3 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
Jan. 6 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Jan. 8 - Kanata, ON@ Scotiabank Place
Jan. 11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Jan. 14 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Jan. 16 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jan. 19 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
Jan. 21 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jan. 22 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Jan. 24 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center