Il Divo’s past sold out world tours have seen them performing to over 1.5 million people in thirty countries. They appeared at the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA 2006 World Cup singing the official theme song with Toni Braxton and they were special guests of Barbra Streisand on her 2006 tour of North America. Live Nation, the world’s largest live music company, announced last month that it had signed a global touring agreement with Il Divo.
The 2009 World Tour will see Il Divo perform across six continents, taking in many new cities and featuring a new large scale production. The tour will kick off February 21st in Manchester, followed by UK dates in London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham, Belfast, Newcastle and Glasgow. Performances will continue throughout Europe in March and early April and will visit arenas in Dublin, Belfast, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Cologne, Stuttgart, Milan, Vienna, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Munich, Berlin, Antwerp, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Zurich and Paris. Il Divo will then embark on their North American tour where they will perform in 13 Canadian cities interspersed and followed by dates in America including concerts in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Uniondale and E. Rutherford. Additional U.S. performances will include concert dates in Atlantic City, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Everett, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Omaha, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, St. Louis, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, & Tampa. Rounding out the year, Il Divo will also visit Australia and Japan and perform dates in SE Asia.
Local concert information for “An Evening with Il Divo” including venue, on-sale dates and ticket details will be announced shortly. Il Divo fans may check local listings for upcoming ticket information or visit http://www.ildivo.com/ and http://www.livenation.com/ for complete concert information updates.
The Il Divo world tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring and by arrangement with Octagon Music and Syco Music.
New Album: The Promise
On October 30th, Simon Cowell and Syco hosted a major fete in Barcelona to celebrate the release of Il Divo’s anticipated new album The Promise that will be released on November 18th in the U.S. and Canada and November 10th around the world (Syco/Columbia).
Last Friday on October 24th, Il Divo was invited by Oprah Winfrey to open her show with their new version of “Amazing Grace.” Introducing them as one of the “biggest musical acts on the planet,” Il Divo fans immediately reacted. Within hours, pre-orders of Il Divo’s new album The Promise soared to #1 on Amazon.com.
For The Promise, Il Divo members David Miller, Sebastien Izambard, Urs Buhler and Carlos Marin reunited with acclaimed producer and long-time collaborator Steve McCutcheon aka Steve Mac (Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Westlife) who produced Il Divo’s #1 albums Siempre and Ancora plus their self-titled debut. Sung primarily in Spanish, Italian and English, songs on The Promise include:
1. The Power Of Love (La Fuerza Mayor) - Spanish 2. La Promessa - Italian 3. Adagio - Italian 4. Hallelujah (Aleluya) - Spanish 5. I Knew I Loved You (L'alba Del Mondo) - Italian 6. Enamorado - Spanish 7. Angelina - Spanish 8. The Winner Takes It All (Va Todo Al Ganador) - Spanish 9. La Luna - Spanish 10. She - Italian 11. Amazing Grace - English
“People might be surprised by this album,” suggests tenor David Miller. “Our goal was to approach it with fresh ears and fresh spirits, and try some different things. We’ve still got all the cannons and fireworks, but there is more range, different dynamics, more light and shade, more color. It’s a more complete album.”
Il Divo, comprised of American tenor David Miller, popular French singer Sebastien Izambard, Swiss tenor Urs Buhler, and Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, were initially brought together by pop impresario Simon Cowell in 2004, following an extensive worldwide audition process. The virtuoso blending of operatic technique with romantic and popular song took the world by storm, with sales of over 22 million. Their first three albums, Il Divo, Ancora and Siempre, scored 39 #1 chart positions across the world. The group also released the platinum album The Christmas Collection in 2005. Sales of their debut self-titled album smashed Led Zeppelin’s 25 year-old record of being the only band to achieve a number 1 album without a single release.
Il Divo's 2009 tour plans include the following cities: EUROPEAN TOUR DATES: 21-February Manchester, UK 24-February Birmingham, UK 27-February London, UK 01-March Cardiff, UK 04-March Nottingham, UK 05-March Sheffield, UK 07-March Dublin, IE 09-March Belfast, UK 11-March Rotterdam, NL 14-March Copenhagen, DK 16-March Oslo, NO 17-March Stockholm, SE 20-March Koln, DE 21-March Stuttgart, DE 23-March Milan, IT 24-March Vienna, AT 25-March Ljubljana, SI 27-March Belgrade, RS 30-March Munich. DE 31-March Berlin, DE 01-April Antwerp, BE 03-April Barcelona, ES 04-April Madrid, ES 06-April Lisbon, PT 08-April Zurich, CH 09-April Paris, FR 12-April Newcastle, UK 13-April Glasgow, UK NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES: 28-April Halifax, NS 30-April Montreal, QC 02-May Ottawa, ON 03-May Kingston, ON 05-May Toronto, ON 06-May London, ON 08-May Uniondale, NY 09-May E. Rutherford, NJ 11-May Washington, DC 14-May Boston, MA 15-May Philadelphia, PA 19-May Chicago, IL 22-May Winnipeg, MB 23-May Regina, SK 25-May Edmonton, AB 26-May Calgary, AB 28-May Kelowna, BC 30-May Vancouver, BC 31-May Victoria, BC Itinerary subject to change. Additional dates and cities to be announced. Visit http://www.ildivo.com/ or http://www.livenation.com/ for ticket information. ABOUT LIVE NATION:
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Pre-orders of The Promise are available at http://www.amazon.com/.
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