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Macklemore Hits the Road for ‘The Ben Tour’

Edwin Ladd

The American rapper Macklemore, whose real name is Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, has announced he will hit the road in Europe for ‘The Ben Tour’ in 2023.

Macklemore is an American rapper and songwriter. The Seattle-born one of the most successful artists of all time. To date, he has had more than 12.3 billion combined streams. Macklemore solo album, ‘Gemini’ was released in 2017 and included the Platinum-certified singles, ‘Glorious’, ‘Good Old Days’, and ‘Marmalade’. The songs featured the artists Skylar Grey, Kesha, and Lil Yachty, respectively. The effort debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap, and independent albums.

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His diamond-certified single, ‘Thrift Shop’ was the first song since 1994 to hit the Top Billboard 100 without support from any record label. ‘Can’t Hold Us’, their second single, also hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart. It made him and Lewis the first music duo to have both their first two singles reach the top.

Also, in 2014, the same single won him and Ryan Lewis their first three career Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album for ‘The Heist’ and Best New Artist. He is also one of the twenty artists that have earned two RIAA diamond certifications. He has released a mixtape, four albums, and three EPs. In 2009, he collaborated with Ryan Lewis, a DJ and record producer, to form the hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

The American rapper will release his next solo album, “BEN”, on March 03, 2023, after releasing his last solo album, ‘Gemini,’ in 2017.

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The debut single from the album, ‘Faithful’, has quickly won over the hearts of the singer’s devotees. Macklemore will be touring the United Kingdom and Europe for 19 dates in 2023 to promote his third studio album. It begins on April 04 in the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Then he will travel through the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Denmark before coming to an end in Oslo, Norway, on May 09.

Below are the dates for his upcoming concerts:

April 04 – Dublin, Ireland at the 3Arena

April 07 – Glasgow, UK at the O2 Academy

April 09 – Manchester, UK at the O2 Victoria Warehouse

April 11 – Birmingham, UK at the O2 Academy

April 12 – London, UK at the O2 Academy Brixton

April 16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands at the AFAS Live

April 17 – Brussels, Belgium at the Forest National

April 18 – Paris, France at Zenith

April 21 – Cologne, Germany at the Palladium

April 22 – Berlin, Germany at the Verti Music Hall

April 24 – Munich, Germany at Zenith

April 25 – Offenbach, Germany at Stadthalle

April 27 – Hamburg, Germany at the Edel Optics Arena

April 29 – Warsaw, Poland at the EXPO XXI Hall 1

April 30 – Vienna, Austria at Stadthalle

May 02 – Zurich, Switzerland at the Samsung Hall

May 04 – Milan, Italy at Alcatraz

May 07 – Copenhagen, Denmark at the Vega Main Hall

May 09 – Oslo, Norway at the Sentrum Scene

So far in his career, Macklemore has had 417 concerts. He had only six shows in 2021 and none in 2022. He is currently touring across 13 countries and has 32 concerts coming up. His next concert will be at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

In April 10, 2021, his scheduled concert that was to take place in Washington was cancelled due to the many restrictions that occurred from the Covid-19 pandemic. It was initially scheduled for April 4, 2020 for Family Weekend before being postponed to October 9, 2020 and then April 10, 2021. He once had to cancel one of his Australian concerts due to threats.

Macklemore’s comeback to the European live scene comes from his recent single, ‘Faithful’ featuring NLE Choppa. He has recently served as the opening act for Imagine Dragons on their tour throughout North America. Last year, the rapper admitted in an interview that he relapsed on drugs during the COVID pandemic.

During an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast hosted by Dax Shepard, the rapper “Thrift Shop” said that he relapsed in the year 2020 after having maintained his sobriety for 12 years. In opening up about the temporary hiccup in his recovery, Macklemore claimed that he was moved to come up when Shepard acknowledged in a September 2020 episode that he, too, had relapsed after 16 years of abstinence.

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