Kanye and Jay-Z coming to Birmingham for rehearsals

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)

Kanye West and Jay-Z will be spending some time in Birmingham rehearsing for their upcoming world tour, confirmed Mayor Bell's staff on Monday.

During a live interview with Fox 6 at noon, Mayor Bell hinted that Kanye West and Jay-Z could be coming to Birmingham.

When Fox 6 News reporter Jonathan Hardison asked Bell about the rumors of the duo using the BJCC to rehearse for a few weeks, Bell said there have been talks with "Jay-Z and his group" prior to the Rihanna concert. Rihanna's Birmingham visit and tornado relief came as a result of some of those talks, Bell said.

As far as confirming whether or not Jay-Z and Kanye will be in town anytime soon, Bell alluded to another famous musician's extended visit to Birmingham during a live interview today at noon:

"Just think of Michael Jackson in Birmingham," Bell said, referring to the superstar's visit to the Magic City in 1984. Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five stayed in Birmingham for a couple of weeks to rehearse for their reunion tour.

Members of Bell's staff confirmed that the tour rehearsals will take place in Birmingham in the next few weeks.

Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" tour kicks off in Atlanta on October 28.

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