Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Sade made their return to U.S. shores when they opened their 54-date North American tour with a jubilant, sold-out performance at Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena. Their first tour in over a decade, the 120-minute set featured all of Sade's best known songs, including their recent Grammy-winning hit, "Soldier of Love." Directed by longtime collaborator Sophie Muller, and with production and lighting design by Baz Halpin, the tour is groundbreaking from a visual perspective. With a 23' x 52' high resolution LED screen behind the band, and enormous projection screens all around the stage, beautiful, larger than life images accompany the music which has made Sade one of the most adored and enduring live bands in the world. The result is a visually stunning setting in which to hear one of the world's greatest bands on tour for the first time since 2001. John Legend, the acclaimed singer, songwriter and pianist who is opening for Sade on all of the dates, treated fans to a long list of his well known songs. The tour continues with multiple nights in Atlanta, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles and Anaheim before finishing in mid-September. Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-seven year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life, in 1984 the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 55 million albums worldwide to date. They've been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won four Grammy Awards – first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for "No Ordinary Love," again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock and most recently in 2011 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Soldier Of Love." The band also recently released The Ultimate Collection, a 28 track, 2-CD set of their best known songs.

Sade and John Legend Summer Tour Dates:

June 16 - Baltimore, MD, 1st Mariner Arena
June 18 - Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
June 19 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
June 21 - Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
June 22 - Washington, DC, Verizon Center
June 24 - East Rutherford, NJ, Izod Center
June 25 - Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
June 28 - Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
June 30 - Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
July 02 - Atlantic City, NJ, Etess Arena - Trump Taj Mahal *Sade only*
July 03 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
July 06 - Boston, MT, TD Garden
July 08 - Indianapolis, IN, Conseco Fieldhouse
July 09 - Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
July 10 - Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
July 12 - Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
July 13 - Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
July 15 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BankAtlantic Center
July 16 - Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
July 17 - Orlando, FL, Amway Center
July 22 - New Orleans, New Orleans Arena
July 23 - Houston, TX, Toyota Center
July 24 - Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
July 26 - Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
July 28 - St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
July 29 - Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
July 31 - Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
August 01 - Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
August 03 - Detroit, MI, The Palace at Auburn Hills
August 05 - Chicago, IL, United Center
August 06 - Chicago, IL, United Center
August 07 - Chicago, IL, United Center
August 09 - Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
August 11 - Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
August 13 - Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
August 14 - Seattle, WA, Key Arena
August 15 - Portland, OR, Rose Garden Arena
August 17 - Sacramento, CA, Power Balance Pavilion
August 19 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
August 20 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
August 21 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
August 23 - San Diego, CA, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
August 25 - San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
August 26 - Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
August 27 - Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
August 30 - Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
August 31 - Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
September 02 - Phoenix, AZ, U.S. Airways Center
September 03 - Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Arena
September 04 - Salt Lake City, UT, E-Center*
September 07 - Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center*
September 09 - Raleigh, NC, RBC Arena*
September 10 - Louisville, KY, KFC Yum Center*
September 11 - Norfolk, VA, Scope Arena*

*Dates, cities and venues are subject to change.

1 comment:

Susan said...

As a huge fan of Sade, I definitely won't miss concert in Vancouver. Pity I have to wait till August. But until then, it's great that we have some good jazz clubs here.


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