Andrea Bocelli makes early plans for U.S. holiday run
Following a scattered European trek, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will make his way to the U.S. this holiday season for a tour of major markets.
The multi-instrumentalist will spend parts of June and July on the European tour trail, followed by a four-month break. The newly-announced U.S. leg kicks off Nov. 23 in San Jose, CA, and pushes through six cities nationwide before closing Dec. 5 in Brooklyn, NY. .
Bocelli has embarked on a Christmas tour each year since the release of his most recent album, "My Christmas," in 2009, a set that has sold more than 5 million copies to date. The celebratory collection follows his 12th studio set, entitled "Incanto," which surfaced in 2008 and features Neopolitan love songs from Bocelli's childhood.
"I don't think one decides to become a singer," Bocelli said at his website "It is decided for you by the reactions of the people around you."
The crossover artist, who was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998, earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1999, making him the first and only classical musician to to earn a nomination in that category since Leontyne Price in 1961.
5 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
6 - Fano, Italy - Teatro Della Fortuna
14 - Herning, Denmark - Jyske Bank Boxen
16 - Malmo, Sweden - Malmo Arena
17 - Halden, Norway - Fredriksten Festning
12 - Lajatico, Italy - Teatro del Silenzio
6 - Dublin, Ireland - The O2
8 - Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey Arena
10 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - LG Arena
11 - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Echo Arena
14, 15 - London, United Kingdom - The O2
23 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
24 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
28 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
30 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
2 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
5 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclay's Arena