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So much for 'time off': Kanye West hitting road

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  • Kanye West going on tour starting in November; tour will run three months
  • West had told Jay Leno he would take some "time off"
  • On Sunday night, West grabbed microphone from Taylor Swift during MTV awards
  • West later apologized to Swift for his behavior
By Alan Duke
CNN
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Kanye West's plan "to take some time off" in the aftermath of his MTV awards show embarrassment may be cut short as the rapper readies for a three-month tour with Lady Gaga.

Joe Jackson, left, talks with Kanye West at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

Joe Jackson, left, talks with Kanye West at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.

The tour, titled Fame Kills: Starring Kanye West & Lady Gaga, starts November 10 and ends January 24, promoter Live Nation announced Friday.

The tour dates announced Friday include 34 shows across the United States and Canada, with few days off except for travel.

People who are still members of the Kanye West Fan Club get a first shot at tickets starting Tuesday, and sales to the general public begin in select cities September 25.

Sunday night, West caused a ruckus when he put down his bottle of cognac, jumped on the MTV Music Video Awards stage and grabbed the microphone from singer Taylor Swift as she was giving an acceptance speech.

West, who apologized the next day on "The Jay Leno Show," seemed to blame his erratic behavior on the lack of time he had to grieve his mother's death two years ago.

"I deal with hurt and, you know, so many, you know, celebrities, they never take the time off, and I've never taken the time off to really, you know, I just, music after music and tour after tour on tour," West told Leno.

Fame Kills kicks off in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 10, followed by concerts in California, Nevada and then Canada for the rest of the month. Those shows will be followed by concerts in cities such as Denver, Colorado; St. Louis, Missouri; and Washington, according to the announcement.

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