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Concert News: Drake coming to Fresno’s Save Mart Center — officially

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Put to rest the months of rumors about Drake possibly or possibly not coming to Save Mart Center — the heartthrob rapper/singer is performing March 8 and his eager fans can get tickets soon, the arena announced this morning.

Tickets cost $39.75, $59.75 and $79.75 and go on sale at noon Friday at Ticketmaster outlets and the Save Mart Center box office. There’s a pre-sale for California State University, Fresno students beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, only at the arena’s box office.

Drake — part of Lil Wayne’s Young Money record label — is riding high these days from the success of his sophomore album, “Take Care,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in November.

It was a month before that when rumors started to swirl about Drake coming to Save Mart Center. He announced, then pushed back, his Club Paradise tour. Then he announced dates for the tour, but no details emerged from his camp about tickets.

Up until a few days ago, the online rumors were flying in both directions: that Drake wasn’t coming to Fresno anymore. Or that he was, but tickets were either already sold out or cost more than $700.

None of that, as we now know, is true. And that’s good news to Drake’s adoring fans — a large chunk of whom are women who appreciate his mellow hip-hop and melodic hooks. Some of them even remember Drake from his previous life as an entertainer, playing Jimmy on the teen TV melodrama, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”

More underground savvy hip-hop fans will be happy to hear that opening for Drake are two on-the-rise artists — Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky.

Responses to "Concert News: Drake coming to Fresno’s Save Mart Center — officially"

Mrmailman says:

who cares?

Mike Oz says:

19-year-old girls.

The Dude says:

Wow omg ur so cereal??? Drake sucks!

RIP Hip hop.

jaurique says:

It will sell out quickly and maybe set attendance records

Mike Oz says:

Using Drake to support a “RIP Hip-Hop” comment is like using Budweiser to support a “RIP Beer” claim.

Mike Oz says:

I’d bet it does neither.

jackrodwell83 says:

im a 28 year old guy who mostly likes hard rock and alternative but i actually think drake is pretty decent but i wouldnt pay 40 bucks to see him. ill save that for the arctic monkeys and black keys in sacramento in may. i would go if i won free tickets though

Childers says:

The two opening acts are really nice. Almost worth the money alone. But, even though I’ve walked out ON opening acts, this would be the first time I walked out BEFORE one.

Martin says:

I just want to see Kendrick Lamar

Unknown says:

i would go solely for A$AP Rocky and Kendrick. I could care less about mister headliner…

Steam-O-Globin says:

He’s a benign, educated, upper-middle class Canadian guy doing his level best to act American and ‘street’. And he’s earning gazillions. I wonder if that woman who got her name tattooed on her forehead will come to town for the show.

Fabian says:

All of you haters obviously have too much time on your hands to read this article about someone you don’t like and then post about it lol.

Tenoch says:

I got tickets already. A lot of people were buying like 10 floor tickets and saying they were gonna resell them for 2 for 500. I feel bad for those who don’t get tickets.

DRAKE is obviously the hottest hip hop act in the biz. he is sure to shut down the city on march 8th…don’t miss out. kendrick and asap are the hottest new acts in hip hop as well. should be epic

Jash says:

Will the Fresno BeeHive be doing any ticket giveaways?!

Hip-Hop FNATX says:

Being a writer I would assume you dig for the truth before posting a story. Obviously I was incorrect and obviously you’re not a fan of hip hop. Drake is considered to be apart of this new hip “pop” generation, not even mention on the list of top ten HIP-HOP MCs. This dude is not hip-hop in any way, shape or form. The point of my post is drake has been mislabeled and it needs to be corrected. Never will he sit at the table with KRS1, MF Doom, Sean Price, Nas, Rakim, WU and thats just to name a few.

Mike Oz says:

Really, we’re doing the “real hip-hop” stuff in 2012 still? Yes, Drake is pop. But he’s a rapper — pretty much the most successful rapper right now. He’s a hip-hop artist. I enjoy all the artists you mention. But I also understand what Drake is doing — whether I’m a fan or not.