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Salt N Pepa, Coolio (and, uh, Vanilla Ice) to headline “I Love The ‘90s” tour

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Cue the hip-hop remix of “Turn, Turn, Turn”: The once-cutting edge ‘90s revival has calcified into just another cog in the wheel (in the sky, right Journey fans?!) of the nostalgia-industrial complex. Rolling Stone confirms as much by reporting that Salt N Pepa, Coolio, and Kid ‘N Play, along with Biz Markie, Color Me Badd, All-4-One, Rob Base, Tone Loc, Young MC, and Kool Moe Dee (and, uh, Vanilla Ice), will all be donning their freshest oversized overalls and hitting the road this spring and summer (and fall) for the so-called “I Love The ’90s” tour.


“Of course all these artists love the ’90s,” you may be thinking. “They were all making lots of money back then.” And that is true. But 2016 is working out pretty well for all involved as well, apparently, since Rolling Stone reports that the tour began as a series of one-off shows earlier this year but has now expanded into a full-fledged tour. It’s a long one, too, spanning the secondary markets, suburban arenas, and casino gigs that make up the backbone of the nostalgia circuit. (Only one state fair, though.)

You can relive A.V. Club writer Alex McCown’s journey into the heart of neon ’90s darkness beginning later this month in Greenville, South Carolina.

I Love The ’90s Tour Dates

April 15 —Bon Secour Wellness Arena—Greenville, SC
April 16—BancorpSouth Arena—Tupelo, MS
April 22—Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion—Woodlands, TX
April 29—Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino—Mashantucket, CT
May 12—US Cellular Coliseum—Bloomington, IL
May 13—Colonial Life Arena—Columbia, SC
May 14—Royal Farms Arena—Baltimore, MD
May 20—Tuscaloosa Amphitheater—Tuscaloosa, AL
May 21—St. Augustine Amphitheater—St. Augustine, FL
May 26—Wings Event Center—Kalamazoo, MI
May 27—Bridgestone Arena—Nashville, TN
May 28—Mandalay Bay Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort—La Vegas, NV
June 3—Providence Medical Center Amphitheater—Bonner Springs, KS
June 4—KFC Yum! Center—Louisville, KY
June 10—Talking Stick Resort Arena—Phoenix, AZ
June 11—Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie—Grand Prairie, TX
June 29—Fraze Pavillion—Kettering,OH
June 30—I-X Center—Cleveland, OH
July 1—Fiddlers Green Amphitheater—Englewood, CO
July 15—Crown Coliseum—Fayetteville, NC
July 16—Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park—Alpharetta, GA
July 23—Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort—Jackson, CA
August 6—BB&T Pavilion—Camden, NJ
August 12—Wisconsin State Fair—West Allis, WI
August 13—Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park—Indianapolis, IN
August 19—DTE Energy Music Theatre—Clarkston, MI
August 20—John F Savage Arena—Toledo, OH
August 27—Marymoor Park—Redmond, WA
October 20—Salem Civic Center—Salem, VA