Fugees reunion surprise tour arrives in Oakland in November


In 2007, Pras Michel said that there was “a better chance of seeing Osama bin Laden and [George W.] Bush in Starbucks having latte, discussing “foreign policy” as the Fugees’ meeting. But as fate willed it, in 2021, Michel, Ms Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean came together to tour again as a formidable hip-hop trio.

The opportunity? The 25th anniversary of their 1996 album, The score, which cemented The Fugees legendary status with “How Many Mics”, “Ready or Not” and, of course, “Killing Me Softly With His Song”. With lyrics that are both witty and political, a warm and welcoming jazzy production, and Hill’s transcendent and tender voice, the Fugees have created a special chemistry that has touched generations of fans and influenced countless artists. The band eventually broke up due to personal conflicts, but their work together set the stage for another genre-defining album, Lauryn Hill’s poor education, in 1998.

“The Fugees have a complex but impactful history,” Hill said in a press release. “I decided to honor this important project, its anniversary and the fans who enjoyed the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we love and set an example of reconciliation at world.”

The reunion tour marks their first shows together in 15 years and kicks off on September 22 with a secret show in New York City. Next, the Fugees travel across the United States, England, France, Ghana and Nigeria, landing in Oakland on November 7.

Tickets for their concert at the Oakland Arena will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 24 at 10 a.m. Spotify users get a special presale on September 22 at 10 a.m. there is an official Platinum presale through Ticketmaster at the same time. On September 23 at 10 a.m. there is a presale through Live Nation and another through Oakland Arena. Fans looking to access pre-sales should keep their eyes on the artist, venue, and Live Nation social media pages.

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