They had New Kids on the Block earlier this summer and Toby Keith and the Dave Matthews Band in a couple of months, but on Monday night (July 27), Lil Wayne will be the star attraction at the Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, PA (as the sign on the photo reads).
But on Sunday night, as the MTV News crew came to the venue, we received one surprising rule: “Look out for the snakes, dog!” advised the head of security on the “Young Money Presents: The America’s Most Wanted Music Festival.” Apparently some reptiles had slithered in the outdoor backstage area at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
Scranton is home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (MLB’s Bronx Bombers Triple A team) and not exactly the hip-hop capital of the globe, but one of the biggest MCs on the planet has been in town all week. Yes, Lil Wayne, Weezy F. Baby himself has been in Scranton all week rehearsing for his new tour with Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Jeremih and Drake.
The Toyota Pavilion is said to hold around 16,000 people — 6,000 seats under a canopy-like top (which also covers the stage) and 10,000 on the lawn that runs up a hill.
When MTV showed up earlier this afternoon, Weezy wasn’t due to arrive until about 8:30 p.m., while Drake was said to be coming 30 minutes after that. The always sexy Nicki Minaj was already backstage getting ready to rehearse and Jeezy and Soulja Boy weren’t due to rehearse their sets until Monday morning.