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