Lil Nas X’s First World Tour Announcement Comes With Tons Of LGBTQ+ Pride
On April 26, Lil Nas X shared a teaser trailer on Twitter announcing his first world tour, “Long Live Montero.” The “Industry Baby” singer’s announcement comes seven months after the release of his debut album, “Montero,” but based on enthusiastic responses from his fans on Twitter – who collectively serve as a sanctuary for Lil Nas X and LGBTQ+ pride. – seeing it happen live is worth the wait.
Lil Nas X’s “Long Live Montero” World Tour Announcement
“I’m doing my very first tour. And y’all better come or I’ll cry on Instagram live,” Lil Nas X wrote in a fantastic 43-second video promoting the tour. The title of the tour, “Long Live Montero”, is a nod to his album, as well as his birth name, Montero Lamar Hill. The highly produced promotional video opens with an ethereal shot of butterflies fluttering through clouds at sunset. Then the shot quickly cuts to a theater door that opens into what Lil Nas X calls “my event…my world, my universe.”
As “Industry Baby” plays in the background, the voiceover states, “Everyone is allowed, except gay people.” For Lil Nas X, who is openly gay, the slight could be a tongue-in-cheek reference to his Twitter trollsa commentary on the exclusion that people from the queer community have historically experienced, or perhaps even a nod to his old self, who was initially afraid to come out.
The video ends with a montage of Lil Nas X’s iconic outfits, choreography, and makeup shoot with a background dancer at the BET Awards. Just over 24 hours after announcing his tour, his tour trailer has amassed 1.5 million views, nearly 80,000 likes and countless responses, almost all of which reflect his gay pride.
Fans React to Lil Nas X’s ‘Long Live Montero’ Tour
Fan responses to Lil Nas X’s first world tour celebrate his evolution as a celebrity, not only in his artistry, but also in his queer identity. When he released “Old Town Road” as an independent artist in December 2018, his sexuality was secret and his mark as a performer and musician was underdeveloped. In June 2019, he came out as gay while referencing lyrics and artwork from his EP “7”, saying “the dead *ss thought I made it obvious”.
In 2021, the singer began to publicly embrace his sexuality, as in the intro to the music video for his self-titled track, “Montero (Call Me By My Name)”, and in a Twitter feed which included a note to his younger self. His memo acknowledged how scared he was of coming out, but promised that boldly flaunting his homosexuality “would open the doors for many more gay people to just exist”.
The music video that followed the note began with a voiceover much like his tour announcement, this time stating, “In life, we hide the parts of ourselves that we don’t want the world to see. We lock them up. We tell them, ‘No.’ We ban them. But here we don’t. Welcome to Montero. It’s clear that Lil Nas X’s homosexuality is now fully tied to his artistic brand, and it makes perfect sense that the audience for “Long Live Montero” is a place where LGBTQ+ people can not only exist, but also openly celebrate. and freely.
“Vive Montero” Tour Dates
“Long Live Montero” will kick off on September 6 in Detroit, MI, and will span over 20 locations before concluding in Barcelona, Spain in mid-November. Presale tickets are available to CashApp users with a CashApp debit card on April 27, and general sale tickets are available at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, April 29. For more tour dates and locations, check out the “Long Live Montero” tour website.