Sade Marks Triumphant Return to U.S. With Sold-Out Opening Night Performance at Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena

BALTIMORE, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Sade made their return to U.S. shores last night when they opened their 54-date North American tour with a jubilant, sold-out performance at Baltimore‘s 1st Mariner Arena.  Their first tour in over a decade, the 120-minute set featured all of Sade’s best known songs, including their recent Grammy-winning hit, “Soldier of Love.”

Directed by longtime collaborator Sophie Muller, and with production and lighting design by Baz Halpin, the tour is groundbreaking from a visual perspective.  With a 23′ x 52′ high resolution LED screen behind the band, and enormous projection screens all around the stage, beautiful, larger than life images accompany the music which has made Sade one of the most adored and enduring live bands in the world.  The result is a visually stunning setting in which to hear one of the world’s greatest bands on tour for the first time since 2001.

John Legend, the acclaimed singer, songwriter and pianist who is opening for Sade on all of the dates, treated fans to a long list of his well known songs.

The tour continues on to Pittsburgh on June 18th with a performance at Consol Energy Center and includes multiple nights in Atlanta, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles and Anaheim before finishing in mid-September.

Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-seven year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life, in 1984 the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 55 million albums worldwide to date. They’ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won four Grammy Awards – first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “No Ordinary Love,” again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock and most recently in 2011 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Soldier Of Love.”  The band also recently released The Ultimate Collection, a 28 track, 2-CD set of their best known songs.

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Sade and John Legend Summer Tour Dates:

June 16

Baltimore, MD

1st Mariner Arena

June 18

Pittsburgh, PA

Consol Energy Center

June 19

Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center

June 21

Uniondale, NY

Nassau Coliseum

June 22

Washington, DC

Verizon Center

June 24

East Rutherford, NJ

Izod Center

June 25

Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

June 28

Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre

June 30

Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

July 02

Atlantic City, NJ

Etess Arena – Trump Taj Mahal *Sade only*

July 03

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Arena

July 06

Boston, MT

TD Garden

July 08

Indianapolis, IN

Conseco Fieldhouse

July 09

Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

July 10

Columbus, OH

Schottenstein Center

July 12

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

July 13

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

July 15

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

BankAtlantic Center

July 16

Miami, FL

American Airlines Arena

July 17

Orlando, FL

Amway Center

July 22

New Orleans,

New Orleans Arena

July 23

Houston, TX

Toyota Center

July 24

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

July 26

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

July 28

St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

July 29

Memphis, TN

FedEx Forum

July 31

Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable Arena

August 01

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

August 03

Detroit, MI

The Palace at Auburn Hills

August 05

Chicago, IL

United Center

August 06

Chicago, IL

United Center

August 07

Chicago, IL

United Center

August 09

Minneapolis, MN

Target Center

August 11

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center  

August 13

Vancouver, BC

Rogers Arena

August 14

Seattle, WA

Key Arena

August 15

Portland, OR

Rose Garden Arena

August 17

Sacramento, CA

Power Balance Pavilion

August 19

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

August 20

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

August 21

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

August 23

San Diego, CA

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

August 25

San Jose, CA

HP Pavilion

August 26

Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena

August 27

Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena

August 30

Anaheim, CA

Honda Center

August 31

Anaheim, CA

Honda Center

Sept 02

Phoenix, AZ

U.S. Airways Center

Sept 03

Las Vegas, NV

MGM Grand Arena

Sept 04

Salt Lake City, UT


Sept 07

Austin, TX

Frank Erwin Center*

Sept 09

Raleigh, NC

RBC Arena*

Sept 10

Louisville, KY

KFC Yum Center*

Sept 11

Norfolk, VA

Scope Arena*

*Dates, cities and venues are subject to change.  On sale dates are TBA.