Stevie Wonder will take his celebrated 1976 record Songs in the Key of Life on an 11-date arena tour this fall. It will take him across the country with dates running from New York City to Oakland, California between November 6th and December 5th. Tickets for most shows go on sale September 22nd.
This past December, the singer-songwriter played all of the record’s 21 songs for the first time ever at his annual House Full of Toys benefit concert in Los Angeles. The singer had announced the event with a performance of the diamond-selling album’s “Sir Duke” at a press conference last October.
But even though he played all of the album’s songs, he did not play them in the exact order. At various points, often when records would flip sides, Wonder inserted songs from A Something’s Extra, the four-song 7-inch EP that accompanied special editions of the original LP that appears at the end of most CDs.
Before the performance, Wonder told Rolling Stone that he intended to mix up the album. “The only difference to the actual layout of Songs in the Key of Life is, as opposed to ending with the songs ‘All Day Sucker’ and ‘My Mama’s Call,’ I’m going to end it with ‘Another Star,’ because I feel that song is the right one to do,” he said. “Now, we’re going to put the other two songs that were on the EP in the presentation as well, so they’ll be probably the first two extra songs after the first part of Songs in the Key of Life, which are ‘Saturn’ and ‘Ebony Eyes.'”
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour Dates:
November 6 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
November 9 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
November 11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
November 14 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
November 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
November 20 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
November 25 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
November 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 3 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
December 5 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena