John Legend announced his 20 city tour on Monday, August 13, 2012. The nationwide fall tour starts October 16 in Clearwater, FL at Ruth Eckerd Hall and ends on November 21 in Oakland, CA at the Fox Theatre. Some other cites he will stop at include Washington, DC on October 22; Boston, MA on October 30; and Chicago, IL on November 7. He will also be the first person to perform in the Cushman & Wakefield Theater inside of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on October 29.
John Legend made the tour’s announcement in a recent video on YouTube, where he featured an audio preview of his new song, “Caught Up.” Presale tickets for the R&B soul singer’s tour began on Thursday, August 16, 2012. Tickets were released for public onsale today, August 17, 2012 at 10 a.m. for most of the performances.
Stacy Barthe, a soul singer and songwriter will open for Legend on the first leg of the tour. Lianne La Havas, a U.K. folk-soul singer will join Legend on the second leg of the tour.
John Legend has been hard at work finishing up his fourth album, “Love in the Future.” This album will be his first solo album in about four years. His last album was 2008’s “Evolver,” not counting “Wake Up,” an album collaboration with The Roots, which took home three Grammy Award wins.
Before his fourth studio album is released in December, fans will get the chance to hear his new songs on his tour. The co-executive producers of the album are Kanye West, Dave Tozer, and Legend himself. This isn’t the first time the trio have worked together as West and Tozer also worked on Legend’s debut album, “Get Lifted,” and “Once Again.”
John Legend is a soul singer, songwriter, and pianist. He fuses old school soul music with today’s current hip-hop music. He has played and written songs for many artists including Alicia Keys, Twista, Janet Jackson, and Kanye West. Legend has won nine Grammy Awards.
“Get Lifted,” John Legend’s first studio album reached the top five of the Billboard 200, due to the success of the single “Ordinary People.” Legend’s first album earned him three Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist.
“Once Again” Legend’s second solo studio album hit the number three spot on the Billboard 200 and it hit number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. “Once Again” also went platinum. “Live from Philadelphia,” was sold only at Target stores, but it still made the top ten. “Evolver” Legend’s latest solo album reached gold status.
John Legend is also a big philanthropist and travels frequently. After his very recent trip to South Africa for a one-night only Women’s Month concert he said, “Once we’ve released the new album, we’ll tour all over the world, so of course we’ll come back to South Africa, and then we’ll do Cape Town and Durban.,” as noted on Aceshowbiz.com.
While fans across the globe might have to wait for the world tour announcement, fans in the United States (and Toronto, CA) can take full advantage John Legend’s 23-city tour. For information on John Legend’s full tour schedule visit: JohnLegend.com.