BY LUIS GRONDA
The summer lineup at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium continues to get stronger, with two more shows announced this week.
Two hip hop giants, Drake and Lil Wayne, will play the stadium on Aug. 19 as part of the nationwide tour the duo are going on. The Forest Hills show is the only New York date currently scheduled, according to the announced tour dates.
Punk rock band The Replacements are also coming to Queens, scheduling a date one month after the Drake/Lil Wayne show, on Sept. 19.
Drake, also known for his role as Jimmy Brooks in the hit TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” is a Grammy-Award winning rapper who has had several hit singles over his short career. Among his most popular songs are “Started From The Bottom,” “Over” and “Best I Ever Had.” His second album, “Thank Me Later,” debuted at number one on the Billboard chart and was certified platinum.
His latest album, which he is touring in support for, “Nothing Was The Same,” was released in 2013.
Lil Wayne is also a Grammy Award winner, picking up the honor in the Best Rap Album category. He won the award for his 2008 record, “Tha Carter III,” which is his most successful album to date. It sold more than one million copies in the first week of its release. Other successful albums he has released include 2004’s “Tha Carter” and 2010’s “Rebirth.”
While 1980s and early 90s punk rockers The Replacements may not have the commercial success that those hip hop superstars have achieved, they have established their own success in the rock scene, as they are considered one of the pioneers of alternative rock.
The band reunited in 2012 after disbanding in 1991. They released seven albums between 1981 and 1990, including “Let It Be” in 1984 and “Tim” in 1985, their first major label release.
The band has played at several well-known festivals since their reunion, including the Coachella Music Festival in California last year.
The Sept. 19 show will feature two opening bands, The Hold Steady and Deer Tick.
Tickets for the Replacements show will go on sale on Saturday, June 21 at 11 a.m. You can purchase your ticket at Ticketfly.com.
The Drake/Lil Wayne show is already on sale at the same website.
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