In fall 2014, Motown legend Stevie Wonder will return to the North American touring circuit for the first time in five years to present a unique live show celebrating one of his greatest works. At each stop on the upcoming venture, this 22-time GRAMMY Award winner will deliver a full performance of his seminal 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life.
Boasting Stevie Wonder staples like “Sir Duke” and “Isn’t She Lovely,” Songs in the Key of Life dropped in Sept. 1976, and in the nearly four decades since, the 21-track double album has sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone. In addition to earning Diamond certification, the influential funk record won the 1977 GRAMMY for Album of the Year and was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2005. It also ranks in the top 60 of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The initial Stevie Wonder tour announcement included just 11 dates in cities across North America. Wonder will kick off the venture from New York’s Madison Square Garden and wrap the tour on Dec. 5 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, Calif. One of the more notable shows will be the Nov. 20 performance at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan, just north of Wonder’s hometown of Detroit.
Although the 2014 trek will mark the first time Wonder performs Songs in the Key of Life in full on the road, the accomplished Motown star did showcase the full 21-song track list at a Los Angeles benefit concert last December. Accompanied by more than a dozen rotating musicians, Wonder worked his way through the complete album to rave reviews from his adoring audience.
Less than a month before the Stevie Wonder tour launches, the vocalist’s countless contributions to pop music will be honored in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 11. During the musical gala dubbed “A Soulright Evening,” Wonder will be receiving the inaugural Epitome of Soul Award from songwriter David Porter’s The Consortium MMT organization. Numerous celebrity guests are expected to pay tribute to the brilliant work of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist at the Saturday night event.