Boyz II Men, Luther Vandross To Tour Together

Crooners from different generations mounting 20-show outing, beginning in late August and ending in late September.

Two generations of R&B vocalists will hit the road together for a late summer tour, as Luther Vandross joins Boyz II Men for 20 shows, beginning Aug. 22 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The tour will focus on the Midwest, South and East Coast, before heading west for four final shows, the last of which will be Sept. 21 in Irvine, Calif., said Angela Golightly of Boyz II Men's management office.

Boyz II Men, singers of such hits as "Uhh Ahh" (RealAudio excerpt), will release their first album since 1997 next month. Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya — the first names of the four singers — is due Sept. 11, according to a band spokesperson.

The album's first single, "Pass You By," entered the Radio & Records Urban AC chart at #25 in its first week out.

Vandross began making hits in the '80s, after getting his start as a singer and arranger on David Bowie's Young Americans. His mellow blend of soul and romantic pop, on songs such as "Never Too Much" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Creepin' " was a mainstay of '80s radio.

With his most recent album, 1998's I Know, Vandross added more of a hip-hop and funk element to his music, and the title track (RealAudio excerpt) earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

Boyz II Men/Luther Vandross tour dates:

Aug. 22; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Mars Music Amphitheatre

Aug. 24; Charlotte, N.C.; Blockbuster Pavilion

Aug. 26; Bristow, Va.; Nissan Pavilion

Aug. 27; Holmdel, N.J.; PNC Bank Arts Center

Aug. 29; Clarkston, Mich.; Pine Knob Music Theatre

Aug. 31; St. Louis, Mo.; Kiel Center

Sept. 1; Chicago, Ill.; Allstate Arena

Sept. 3; Cleveland, Ohio; Cleveland State University Convocation Center

Sept. 6; Mansfield, Mass.; FleetBoston Pavilion

Sept. 7; Wantagh, N.Y.; Jones Beach

Sept. 9; Philadelphia, Pa.; First Union Center

Sept. 10; Virginia Beach, Va.; GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater

Sept. 13; Raleigh, N.C.; Alltel Pavilion

Sept. 14; Atlanta, Ga.; Lakewood Amphitheatre

Sept. 16; Houston, Texas; Compaq Center

Sept. 17; Dallas, Texas; Starplex Amphitheatre

Sept. 19; Englewood, Colo.; Fiddler's Green Amphitheater

Sept. 21; Irvine, Calif.; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre