Today’s recap includes tour, concert, special event, and venue announcements as compiled by TicketNews on January 6, 2009.

Following a stellar 2008 in which he sold more than 700,000 tickets worldwide, Dutch composer Andre Rieu announced recently that he has already sold 300,000 tickets for 2009. His success has come due to strong sales in Europe and Australia, with 35 dates upcoming in North America from April 17 through June 25. He also plans on touring Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and, of course, his home country the Netherlands.

After his support of President-Elect Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency, rocker Jon Bon Jovi will help out secretary of state nominee Hillary Clinton by playing a fundraiser at New York City Town Hall, January 15. Clinton is looking to recoup the $13.1 million in personal loans she used during her candidacy for president. The performance is being called “a final evening in support of Hillary Clinton for President Debt Relief,” and tickets will range from $75 to $1,000.

Those are the complete stories for the day. For a few final concert and tour tidbits, check out the rest of today’s news in brief.

Since the mid-1950’s, crooner Johnny Mathis has found his way into the hearts of millions, and continues to do so after adding more tour dates for 2009. In March, Mathis will play two dates in Niagara, Ontario at the Fallsview Casino Resort and will return to Ontario five months later, this time in Rama at Casino Rama Entertainment Centre on August 27 and 28.

Julio Iglesias has sold over 300 million albums in his career and continues to sell out concerts into his late 60’s. He has recently announced new concert dates in May and June for his 2009 tour. On May 29 and 30, Iglesias will be visiting British Columbia, Canada playing concerts at Red Rock Casino Resort and Red Robinson Theatre. On April 13, he will head to Reno, NV and play at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Comedian Patton Oswalt has added 10 tour dates in 2009 and will be hitting nothing but major cities. He will start in Los Angeles, CA at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Largo and then head to Athens, GA to perform at the 40 Watt Club and the EARL. He will then head to Tempe, AZ for two dates at The Improv before heading to New York City for four performances at Carolines On Broadway. Oswalt is best known for his time on the television series “King of Queens” and lending his voice to the main character in the animated film “Ratatouille”.

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Last Updated on January 7, 2009