For the first time in 26 years all the surviving members of N.W.A. will reunite on stage. The performance fans have been dreaming of for decades will take place on June 27th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and is just one piece in the hype puzzle leading up to the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
So far Dr. Dre is not confirmed to perform at this show, which negates the whole ‘N.W.A. first ever reunion’ thing, but Ice Cube has alluded to the good doctor making an appearance. Other appearances at the concert include Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Schoolboy Q.
In addition to the BET Experience concert, the surviving members of N.W.A. are also reportedly working on fresh tracks for the Straight Outta Compton biopic. Digesting all this news I cannot help but think this is just a long-winded way for Ice Cube to rehab his career as a man who was once a member of N.W.A. instead of the man who is now known for movies like Are We There Yet? and Anaconda.
Rolling Stone broke the news that Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella will hit the stage performing as N.W.A. (and a likely appearance by Dr. Dre):
“It’s just gonna be a great night,” Ice Cube tells Rolling Stone of his BET Experience gig at the Staples Center on June 27th. “We’re gonna be there with Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q. It’s just gonna be one of those ‘I wish I were there in L.A. nights.’ And we’re gonna rock that shit, no problem.”
The reunion comes before the release of Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A biopic he co-produced with Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright. The movie, which comes out August 14th, covers the 10-year span between the group’s fornation in the mid-Eighties through Eazy-E’s death in 1995.
“I’m gonna bring out some of the old favorites,” Cube says of the concert, declining to name which specific songs he’ll perform. “We’re gonna bring back some memories up in there for sure.”
N.W.A. has not performed together since 1989…Just let that sink in for a moment. This will be, without a doubt, one of the most sought after concert tickets of the Summer. I’d easily call it the ‘hardest to get ticket’ but there’s that whole Grateful Dead run in Chicago that will be the iconic band’s last together. Tickets to the Dead show are selling for for tens of thousands of dollars on the seconds market (even some up to $100K), so I’m not willing to call N.W.A. the most sought after ticket of the Summer just yet.
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