George Benson for summer 2010 UK Arena tour
Posted: 27th January 2010
George Benson has announced that he will be heading to the UK this May/ June for a number of arena dates.
The soulful and jazzy singer/ guitarist rose to commercial success in the UK with the release of the pretty-darn-excellent 'In Your Eyes', released in 1983 produced by soul singer/ producer Kashif. This led to the UK's "rediscovery" of his earlier material, including the album which marked his "crossover" stage where his soulful voice started to take centre stage: 'Give Me the Night', produced by uber-producer Quincy Jones.
In the US, he had been a star in the jazz world since his early collaborations with brother Jack McDuff, providing the jazzy riffs to Jack's organ and vocal skills, with his later releases 'Bad Benson', 'Breezin' and personal fave 'In Flight' topping the US jazz charts in the 70s. Breezin' even topped the US pop charts back in 1974 which even the more commercial 'In Your Eyes' failed to do, ironically.
Never one to stand still, he has continued to work with the great-and-good of the music world, with the majority of his recent output still topping the US jazz chart, including the most recent albums 'Giving' it Up (feat. Al Jarreau)' and last year's 'Songs and Stories', produced by omni-present bassist Marcus Miller. And very nice it is too, opening with a nice rendition of the Isley Brothers' 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely' - but it's not a cover album.
So, back to the UK tour, and who can we pick to share the stage with this American legend? Hmm... let me see, we'll pick a UK legend, jazzy, bit of a crooner ... oh, how about Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet. (cue, the jazz-heads hitting 'close' on their browser window). Well, don't shoot the messenger, but that's who the support act is - which I suppose will do well with the Heart/ Magic FM audience.
Tickets go on sale this Friday (29th January) at 9AM, costing £45 for all but the London O2 Arena dates, which will cost £50 + booking fee.
- Thu 17th Jun 2021 George Benson First Direct Arena (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Mon 21st Jun 2021 George Benson The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Tue 22nd Jun 2021 George Benson Symphony Hall (Birmingham) Buy Tickets
- Thu 24th Jun 2021 George Benson Royal Concert Hall/ Strathclyde Suite (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Sat 26th Jun 2021 George Benson St David's Hall (Cardiff) Buy Tickets
- Sun 27th Jun 2021 George Benson Bournemouth International Centre BIC (Bournemouth) Buy Tickets
- Tue 29th Jun 2021 George Benson Cliffs Pavilion (Southend) Buy Tickets
- Wed 30th Jun 2021 George Benson Royal Albert Hall (Kensington) Buy Tickets