A$AP Rocky Kicks Off "Injured Generation" Tour with Live Debut

A$AP Rocky kicked off his "Injured Generation" tour last night in Minneapolis. The headlining tour comes supported by opening acts Playboi Carti, Ski Mask The Slump God, and Comethazine.
"Injured Generation" plays off themes of reckless youth and boundless expression - common denominators in Rocky's latest studio album, TESTING. The tour launches in support of this project, carrying Rocky's buzz over into 2019. Watch the tour teaser Rocky posted to his Twitter below:
TESTING was an effort to break mainstream mindsets and stray from any preconceived notions of Rocky's music, and hip-hop in general. With a clean-slate approach to the project's sounds and collaborations, Rocky was able to push boundaries with TESTING. For some, it might not have clicked immediately. But more time spent with the project ultimately dealt a better understanding and appreciation for it. Check out the video for "Tony Tone," one of the project's leading tracks:
A$AP Rocky - Tony Tone
Just as Rocky experimented with sonics, flows, and concepts on TESTING, he brought that same effort to the "Injured Generation" tour. Last night's show lends a sneak peak into what we can expect from Rocky's latest touring venture, but it seems like the kind of experience you just have to live for yourself.
Rocky's "testing" with the stage design and live experience was made apparent before his performance began. An overhead voice announced to the audience that it would be an "interactive show." Masked hype-men took to the stage with signs that instructed the audience to smile, frown, and start moshing.
Fans followed cues promptly, eventually getting so rowdy that they broke through the front-stage barricades as Rocky took the stage to opening track, "A$AP Forever." Check out Rocky, draped in an all-Prada outfit and Bred Jordan 1's, perform "Long Live A$AP" in the clip below:
A$AP Rocky - Long Live A$AP Live
The stage was dressed with old-school racing cars, a catwalk-like platform that extended into the audience, and all kinds of cryo and pyrotechnics. Rocky donned the crash dummy mask seen in a lot of TESTING's press and media, and rapped from atop the cars as they floated mid-air during parts of the performance.
Rocky's set was packed with hits and deep cuts from TESTING like "Praise the Lord," and "Distorted Records," along with older classics like "L$D," and "Wild for the Night." Check out the show's full setlist below:
A$AP Rocky - Injured Generation Setlist
Fans in attendance last night were graced with a live debut of a never-before heard track, "Babushka," which seems to be inspired by the headscarf Rocky sported at the LACMA Art & Film Gala in Los Angeles back in November. His Russian grandma swag certainly generated some buzz on Twitter, and has apparently even inspired his latest track. Check out a clip of that performance below:
A$AP Rocky - Babushka (Live Debut)
Rocky is slated to hit 18 more cities around North America for the tour, including the annual "Yams Day" festival, which Rocky and the A$AP Mob founded to commemorate the late A$AP Yams. He also has a few festivals booked for the Spring and early Summer around the US and Europe.
Knowing Rocky, he likely has some more tricks and surprises up his sleeve for the rest of the tour. If you haven't secured a ticket yet, make sure to do so here, and check out the rest of the tour dates below:
01/09 – Chicago, Illinois @ UIC Pavilion 01/11 – Toronto, Ontario @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 01/13 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Place 01/15 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ The Liacouras Center 01/17 – Brooklyn, New York @ Barclays Center 01/18 – Uncasville, Connecticut @ Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino 01/20 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem 01/22 – Greensboro, North Carolina @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex 01/23 – Duluth, Georgia @ Infinite Energy Arena 01/25 – San Antonio, Texas @ Freeman Coliseum 01/26 – Houston, Texas @ NRG Arena 01/27 – Grand Prairie, Texas @ Verizon Theatre 01/30 – San Diego, California @ Valley View Casino Center 01/31 – Inglewood, California @ The Forum 02/01 – Sacramento, California @ Golden 1 Center 02/02 – San Francisco, California @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 02/05 – Portland, Oregon @ Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum 02/06 – Kent, Washington @ Accesso ShoWare Center 02/17 – Miami, Florida @ III Points Music Festival 03/22-23 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ Buku Music + Art Project 06/19-21 – Ferropolis, Germany @ Melt! Festival 07/10-14 – Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival 07/18-20 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sonar Festival
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Last updated: 19 Jan 2019, 05:54 Etc/UTC