Hip-hop star Machine Gun Kelly will spend his summer playing his first arena tour, which will include a July 28 stop at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.
Tickets, at prices to be announced later, will go on sale Friday at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Will Smith’s daughter Willow and ‘Complicated’ hitmaker Avril Lavigne are also on the program.
Born Richard Colson Baker, Machine Gun Kelly discovered hip-hop as a teenager and listened to Ludacris, Eminem and DMX as a way to escape his troubled family life. In 2011, he signed to Bad Boy Records and hit the charts with ‘Wild Boy’ and ‘Invincible’. He recorded his biggest hit to date, 2016’s “Bad Things,” with former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello.
For his fifth album, 2010’s “Tickets to My Downfall,” the rapper changed direction and began exploring pop punk, teaming up with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. His singles “I Think I’m Okay”, “Bloody Valentine” and “My Ex’s Best Friend” found success on rock radio. He worked with Barker again on his latest record, ‘Mainstream Sellout’, which will be released Friday.
Billed as Colson Baker, the musician has also built up a side job as an actor, appearing in a number of films, including “Bird Box,” “The King of Staten Island,” and “Captive State.” He also played drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic ‘The Dirt’.