Fugees Announce Fall Reunion Tour, Surprise Wednesday New York City Show
John M. Heller / Getty Images – Keeping Score
Ms. Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean perform at Fugees’ most recent show, which took place in Hollywood in February 2006.
Seminal hip-hop trio Fugees announced a reunion tour Tuesday that will take the group to several U.S. markets as well as two dates each in Europe and Africa.
Before hitting the road in earnest, Fugees will play a surprise, secret show in New York City on Sept. 22, marking the group’s first concert in 15 years.
Come November, the trio will begin the U.S. leg of its tour at Chicago’s United Center on Nov. 2, continuing on to the Bay Area (Oakland Arena, Nov. 7), Southern California (The Forum, Nov. 12), Atlanta (State Farm Arena, Nov. 18), Miami (FTX Arena, Nov. 21), New Jersey (Prudential Center, Nov. 26), and Washington, D.C. (Capital One Arena, Nov. 28).
In December, Fugees will head overseas for plays at Paris’ La Defense Arena (Dec. 4) and London’s O2 (Dec. 6). After a Nigerian concert with date, city and venue unannounced, the trio will perform in Ghana on Dec. 18, although the city and venue for that show also remain unannounced.
The tour will be presented by Diaspora Calling, produced by Live Nation and its charitable partner is Global Citizen.
The trek commemorates the 25th anniversary of Fugees’ second and final album, The Score, which was released in early 1996 and was certified seven times platinum earlier this year. The album’s 22 million copies sold worldwide make it the best-selling album ever by a hip-hop group.
“The Fugees have a complex but impactful history,” the group’s Ms. Lauryn Hill said in a statement. “I wasn’t even aware the 25th anniversary had arrived until someone brought it to my attention. I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary, and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world.”
Hill’s sole solo album, 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1999.
“As I celebrate 25 years with the Fugees, my first memory was that we vowed, from the gate, we would not just do music we would be a movement,” Hill’s fellow Fugee Wyclef Jean said in a statement. “We would be a voice for the un-heard, and in these challenging times, I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”
Fugees last performed together at an outdoor concert on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 6, 2006. That show concluded a string of reunion gigs from 2004 to 2006, which ended a live hiatus that had stretched back to 1997.
Tickets for Fugees’ tour go onsale to the general public on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. local time. Find the list of tour dates below.