Cold as Ice: No love for Massachusetts on this year’s I Love The ’90s Tour

Rap singer Vanilla Ice in 1991. (AP Photo)

Color Me Badd? Color us disappointed?

The inaugural I Love The ’90s Tour was announced this week, but there’s just no love for Massachusetts. Or maybe Massachusetts has no love for the ’90s.

The 29-date tour showcases an FM radio buffet of hip-hop and R&B stars — Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Kid ‘N Play, Salt-N-Pepa, Biz Markie, Color Me Badd, All-4-One, Rob Base, Tone Loc, Young MC and Kool Moe Dee — but the closest it comes to a Bay State state line is an April 29 blowout at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. A New York City date is also missing from the routing, though there is a stop in Camden, New Jersey.


There is a bit of hope, however, that this trainwreck tour could come to Massachusetts or even southern New Hampshire: There are less than 30 shows stretched out over four-and-a-half-months between April and August, with a lone rando Virginia date all the way out on October 20. So maybe, just maybe, something close to home will be announced at some point, and we’ll all party like Club MTV this summer.

“It feels like you’re taking people back to a time in their lives that they really enjoyed,” Salt-N-Pepa’s Cheryl “Salt” James tells USA Today. “It’s just one big ’90s party.”

This sure would make a trip to Mansfield worthwhile. Check out all the dates below, and start planning that road trip.


I Love the ’90s Tour Dates
April 15 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secour Wellness Arena
April 16 – Tupelo, MS @ BancorpSouth Arena
April 22 – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 29 – Mashantucket, CT @ Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino
May 12 – Bloomington, IL Q@ US Cellular Coliseum
May 13 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
May 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
May 20 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
May 21 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater
May 26 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event Center
May 27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort
June 3 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
June 4 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
June 10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
June 11 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
June 29 – Kettering, OH @ Fraze Pavillion
June 30 – Cleveland, OH @ I-X Center
July 1 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddlers Green Amphitheater
July 15 – Fayetteville, NC @ Crown Coliseum
July 16 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park
July 23 – Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
August 6 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
August 12 – West Allis, WI @ Wisconsin State Fair
August 13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
August 19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 20 – Toledo, OH @ John F Savage Arena
August 27 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park
October 20 – Salem, VA @ Salem Civic Center