Barbra Streisand will head to Europe later this year to continue support of her most recent album.
Streisand, who played a handful of U.S. dates late last year, will visit the O2 Arena in London on June 1. On June 6, she will appear at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, then she will travel to Paris to perform at the Bercy on June 10. Finally, she will end the short tour with two dates in Germany: the first in Cologne on June 12 and the second in Berlin on June 15.
All shows will feature a full orchestra backing Babs. Special guests at all shows will be trumpet aficionado Chris Botti, Streisand’s son Jason Gould and her sister Rosyln Kind. All three were featured at last year’s homecoming shows at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Streisand’s official website points out that the upcoming dates will be her first ever performances in Cologne and Amsterdam, and also will mark her first return to London and Paris in over six years.
The concerts will continue to support the singer’s most recent album, Release Me, which is a compilation work that was released in September of last year. The record collects unreleased tracks from throughout her career, from 1963 until the present.
“The thing I’m happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs,” Streisand said about the album in a statement before it was released. “They appealed to me at the time… and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, ‘The girl wasn’t half bad.’”
Release Me debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released. Her last studio album of new material was 2011’s What Matters Most, which went on to be nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2011.
As Barbra Streisand has been slowly revealing new fall concert dates this year, she’s effectively left the western half of the United States neglected. Three newly announced dates change that.
The first of the new shows will take place November 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with the second following on November 5 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Streisand will then head to Los Angeles to perform at the Hollywood Bowl on November 9.
These dates tack on to the previously announced fall tour dates that kick off October 8 in Philadelphia. After that, the legendary singer will perform two homecoming dates at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 11 and October 13. Throughout the rest of October, she will perform shows in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago and Vancouver.
There is no indication at this time whether more dates will be added to the tour in future weeks. All concerts will feature special guests Chris Botti and Il Volo.
The fall tour will support the upcoming compilation album, Release Me, which will be released on vinyl on September 25 (a CD version will be available October 9). The album features 11 previously unreleased tracks recorded by Streisand throughout her career from 1963 until now.
“The thing I’m happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs,” Streisand said about the album in a statement. “They appealed to me at the time… and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, ‘The girl wasn’t half bad.’”
Streisand’s longtime A&R man Jay Landers wrote the liner notes for the new compilation.
“All of Barbra’s glorious music… her ideas… the collaborative efforts of the fortunate songwriters, arrangers, mixers and producers who have come into her orbit… the experiments… the occasional missteps and the many triumphs – all driven by the unstoppable force of one woman’s vision,” Landers wrote in the liner notes.
Barbra Streisand recently made waves when she announced that she would be performing in her hometown of Brooklyn later this year for the first time since she was in high school, and now she’s announced a handful of other dates around North America, as well.
The Brooklyn dates will take place at the borough’s new arena, Barclays Center on October 11 and October 13, but Streisand will open the tour at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on October 8. Later in October, she will perform three shows in Canada in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto before heading south for a concert at the United Center in Chicago on October 26. The final show currently on the schedule will find her crossing the Canadian border once again to perform at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. There has been no word yet if other dates will be added to the tour in the future.
All of the performances around North America will be supported by guests Chris Botti and Il Volo. The latter group is a trio of teenaged Italian pop-opera singers that formed during the Italian music competition show “Ti lascio una canzone.”
Most of the tickets for the upcoming tour will go on-sale to the public on August 13, though the Philadelphia and Montreal dates will be available August 11. Both shows in Brooklyn are already sold out.
Additionally, Streisand’s official website says that a limited number of tickets will be available as a presale, and fans can receive a password for the presale through the Barbra Streisand Mailing List. The password will be sent out early on August 9.
Streisand’s most recent album, What Matters Most, was released in August of last year and is her 33rd studio album. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart.