With sales of his White Ladder album recently crossing the 650,000 mark in the States, British singer/songwriter David Gray has announced plans for a spring North American tour, starting April 12 in Minneapolis.
"It'll be brilliant," Gray promised in a recent interview. "The last tour here was really great, when we played Roseland (in New York) and the Avalon in Boston. Some good venues and the crowds were brilliant, so this should be really exciting."
Backing Gray on the outing, his fourth North American tour since White Ladder was released in the U.S. in March, will be keyboardist/guitarist Tim Bradshaw, bassist Rob Malone and drummer Clune. The album was issued in Europe and the U.K. in 1999.
Gray is continuing to enjoy radio success with "Babylon," the first single and video off White Ladder, and he will issue a new single, "Please Forgive Me," right around the time of his tour.
The video for "Please Forgive Me" has already been completed by directors Kieran Evans and Russell Thomas and was used for the single's U.K. release last year.
"That was one where I got the chords while I was just messing around on the keyboard," Gray said of the song's genesis, "and I thought, 'Oh, I've got something here straightaway.' Then I wrote the first line and the whole song just tumbled down.
"It was just there in a half-hour," he added. "I love it when that happens, as it doesn't happen very often. It seems like quite a simple song, really, and not so much about falling in love for the first time, but perhaps re-falling in love. So, it's a love song tempered by experience, but sort of made more passionate for the rediscovery."
Speaking of rediscovery, RCA Records is in the process of lining up an American release for Gray's Lost Songs 95-98, a collection of songs written between White Ladder and his previous solo album, Sell, Sell, Sell, which is only available as an import.
Gray has also contributed another White Ladder track, "Sail Away," to the upcoming Robert De Niro-Edward Burns film "15 Minutes," due March 9.
(For more on David Gray, be sure to check out the MTV News Online feature on the singer/songwriter, premiering Wednesday.)
David Gray tour dates:
- 4/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
- 4/13 - Madison, WI @ Oscar Mayer Theatre
- 4/14 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
- 4/16 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
- 4/17 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
- 4/18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ A.J. Palumbo Center
- 4/20 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
- 4/21 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
- 4/22 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
- 4/24 - Toronto, ON @ Warehouse
- 4/26 - Burlington, VT @ Flynn Theatre
- 4/27 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
- 4/28 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
- 5/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
- 5/3 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
- 5/5 - Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
- 5/7 - Norfolk, VA @ Boathouse
- 5/8 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
- 5/9 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
- 5/11 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
- 5/12 - Austin, TX @ The Backyard
- 5/13 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl
- 5/15 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
- 5/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Saltair Resort Pavilion
- 5/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Amphitheater
- 5/19 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B Concert Theatre
- 5/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
- 5/22 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- 5/23 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
- 5/24 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
- 5/26 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
- 5/27 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
- 5/28 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom