Rapper T.I., who was forced to cancel a planned Columbus concert last fall after an arrest on weapons charges, is set to perform at the Columbus Civic Center on June 13.
And part of his entourage: a court-appointed marshal.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., pleaded guilty in March to three gun charges following a firearms sting last year. His arrest forced promoters to cancel a planned Nov. 3 concert at the Civic Center as part of the annual Fountain City Classic football game. But the plea requires him to spend some 1,000 hours of community service this year, followed by a year in prison and more community service thereafter. If he doesn't comply, his sentence can be upped to eight years in prison.
For the coming year he can tour, though, as long as the marshal accompanies him.
Promoter Mike Blackwell showed no hesitance in booking the troubled star, who is one of the most famous rappers in music and has taken roles in the films "ATL" and "American Gangster."
"He's a big act," Blackwell said. “We're calling this ‘The Return of the King’ ” — a nod to T.I.'s 2006 album called "King" and the rapper's tendency to call himself the King of the South.
Tickets to the concert will go on sale on May 16. They will be $35-$45, and several opening acts yet to be named will be added to the bill.