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George Michael adds extra UK dates to Symphonica tour

June 12, 2011

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George Michael, who quit touring in 2008, is set to return to live performing in August. A major tour of Europe will kick off in Prague in the Czech Republic on 22 August, with the 47-year-old singer backed by a full symphony orchestra.

   Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour will now include 19 concerts in the UK in October, November and December – with six extra UK dates having been added in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

   A special charity performance will be held at the Royal Opera House on 6 November in aid of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Aids foundation.

   During the Symphonica tour, Michael is expected to perform a “carefully chosen selection” of his old songs, as well as some of his favourite songs by other artists.

   “I think musically this tour and album will be surprising because I’m being far more true to myself,” said the former Wham star. “I feel very re-energised after my recent troubles.”

   He added: “The idea of singing with symphonic orchestras around the world is because I heard Tony Bennett had done it recently, and I thought, ‘What a nice idea’. Singing with this kind of backing has been very attractive to me for a long time.”

UK & IRELAND TOUR DATES:

October 25 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 26 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 28 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

October 29 – LONDON, Royal Albert Hall

November 1 – DUBLIN, 02 Arena

November 6 – LONDON, Royal Opera House

November 26 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 27 – CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena

November 30 – LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena

December 2 – SHEFFIELD, Motorpoint Arena

December 3 – NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena

December 6 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 7 – GLASGOW, SECC

December 9 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 10 – BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena

December 12 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 13 – MANCHESTER, MEN Arena

December 16 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

December 17 – LONDON, Earl’s Court

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Tony Bennett marks 85th birthday with new Duets album

May 8, 2011

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Tony Bennett is set to celebrate his 85th birthday on August 3 with a sequel to the highly successful album Duets: An American Classic which was released in 2006 to mark his 80th year.

   Produced by Phil Ramone, the new album, Tony Bennett: Duets II, will be released on September 20.

   The all-star line-up of artists joining Bennett live in the studio will include Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse – along with leading country music stars Faith Hill, Willie Nelson and Carrie Underwood.

   The Duets II album will also feature Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz, Josh Groban and John Mayer. Also collaborating on the album will be Michael Bublé and k.d. lang, who were both featured on the original Duets album.

   “I love the Great American Songbook and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to introduce many of these songs to the public,” says Bennett. “It is a thrill to perform them once again with artists that I admire to create new interpretations of the music I love so much.”

   Bennett’s long-time manager and son, Danny Bennett, observes: “The Duets CDs – the first one and this latest project – truly shine a light on the creative process that takes place between Tony and each of his singing partners. It’s fascinating to witness how each song unfolds – all recorded live, as it happens in the studio.”

   Producer Phil Ramone adds: “The way Tony builds and shares the song is extraordinary. He is generous and warm and gives his partner great solo moments. Watching the duet come to its climax is thrilling. The preparation and care allows the guest to experience a live recording session as Tony records. It’s a large canvas with no style limitations.”

   The recording sessions for Tony Bennett: Duets II are also being filmed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe. The film will be released as a documentary in conjunction with the new album, and will provide an in-depth study of Bennett’s creative and artistic process.

   The first Duets album – Duets: An American Classic – won three Grammy awards in 2006 and is Bennett’s best-selling album to date.

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Cliff Richard to perform 70th birthday concerts at Royal Albert Hall

September 9, 2010

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Sir Cliff Richard is to celebrate his 70th birthday with a series of six spectacular concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall between Monday, 11 October and Sunday, 17 October 2010.

The only night Sir Cliff won’t be performing during that week is Thursday, 14 October – his 70th birthday.

Accompanied by a Swing Band, Cliff will sing many of the hits from his 52 year career, along with a selection of songs from his forthcoming album, Bold as Brass.

The special 70th birthday shows follow Sir Cliff’s solo 50th Anniversary concerts in 2008, and his 36-date reunion tour with The Shadows in 2009 and 2010.

Sir Cliff – who had his first hit in 1958 with ‘Move It’ – has sold more than 250 million records to date. He is the only UK artist who has had a Number One hit in each of five decades from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Sir Cliff is also said to be launching his own brand of sparkling wine to mark his landmark birthday. He owns a vineyard in Portugal’s Algarve region, where he already produces his own brand of wine called Vida Nova.

Despite reaching the big ‘70’, and planning to perform on a gruelling six nights out of seven, Cliff insists he is as fit as ever … an inspiration to any Sh-Boom! readers who have also had to blow out 70 candles this year.

“I’m still driven,” says Cliff. “I never feel I’ve reached my peak.”

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