Puffy Tour Salutes Tupac, But Avoids L.A.
November 14 [7:55 EDT] -- As we reported earlier this
week, Puff Daddy kicked off his "No Way Out"
tour last week, and fans who have turned out for the show
know that it's packed with tributes to the Notorious B.I.G.
They also know that Puffy also pulls out a rather
surprising tribute to Biggie's sometime antagonist Tupac
Shakur. During his set, Puff Daddy leads the audience in a
version of Tupac's "Hail Mary" from the
slain rapper's posthumous "Makaveli" album.
The forgive-and-forget attitude towards Tupac apparently
does not extend to the city of Los Angeles, where the
Notorious B.I.G. was murdered. L.A. is the only major city
which was left off the tour itinerary.
"We"re not gonna do L.A. just because of
personal feelings of mine," Puffy told MTV News of the
decision. "I mean, I love all the fans in L.A. I love
all the people in L.A. I can't blame L.A. for... I ain't got
no hard feelings with Los Angeles. I go there a lot myself,
but I'm traveling with a group of people, and everybody here
has mothers and fathers and kids and stuff like that, and I
just really can't guarantee nothing almost nowhere. I
would never want to make the same... go through the same
thing twice, or see the same mistake happen."
Puffy's "No Way Out" tour plays Worcester,
Massachusetts on Friday, and makes a big appearance on this
week's edition of the "The Week In Rock" which will
feature a full report on the tour.