Columbia Records issued the following press release this afternoon:
WWE(R) Champion John Cena(TM) & Tha Trademarc Hit the Road for First East Coast Club Tour
WWE Champion Brings The Sounds Of Bestselling Debut Album, ‘You Can’t See Me,’ To Fans in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Buffalo, Boston & New Haven
NEW YORK, July 13 /PRNewswire/ — World Wresting Entertainment? Champion and Columbia Records recording artist John Cena will hit the road with Tha Trademarc (Marc Predka) to perform a series of concerts at five select club venues along the East Coast beginning Tuesday, July 19 at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia and winding up at the legendary Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut on Tuesday, August 2 (see full itinerary following).
Released in mid-May 2005, Cena’s debut album, You Can’t See Me, entered the Billboard Top 200 bestselling albums chart at #15 after selling a remarkable 43,000 units its first week in stores. Two months later, the album remains in the Top 200 and continues to sell upwards of 10,000 copies per week.
Recorded in 2004 at Chaos and Order Basscamp Studios during Cena’s rare breaks from the ring, YOU CAN’T SEE ME features 17 original tracks. Paying tribute to the classic two-man rhyming crews of the past, Cena and Tha Trademarc (Marc Predka) nimbly trade verses throughout the album. “You almost never hear a rap crew today working like EPMD or 3rd Bass,” says Cena. “I wanted to bring that style back a little and get away from one MC up there doing his thing. Working this way let us attack a song from different directions and create a more dynamic flow.”
The album’s first single, “Bad, Bad Man,” is backed by Chaos’ insistent beat and respected rap legend Freddie Foxx (a/k/a Bumpy Knuckles), who created the song’s chest-pounding chorus. The video for “Bad, Bad Man” parodies the classic A-Team television show, features modern special effects and stars: John Cena as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, Bumpy Knuckles as Sgt. Bosco Albert “B.A.” Baracus, Tha Trademarc as Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock, also a cameo with Different Strokes star Gary Coleman.
John Cena is lensing a video for “Right Now,” the latest single from You Can’t See Me. Shot on location at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire and Cena’s hometown of West Newbury, Massachusetts, the “Right Now” video brings to life John Cena’s revolutionary powder-keg of slammin’ street beats and patented new school rhymes.
JOHN CENA Tour Dates
07/19/05 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
07/26/05 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
07/27/05 Buffalo, NY The Buffalo Icon
07/28/05 Boston, MA Avalon
08/02/05 New Haven, CT Toads
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