Happy New Year! Burt’s Never Ending Tour continues in 2015 with three newly announced shows and, no doubt, more to come. In addition to the previously announced shows on Jan. 28 in Tucson and Jan. 30 in Las Vegas, Burt will perform on Feb. 22 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif., on March 4 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham in Durham, N.C., on March 6 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., and on March 7 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J.
As always, for my most up-to-date list of upcoming concerts, visit the On Tour page.
Mark Baker of the Eugene, Ore., Register-Guard profiles the 21-year-old Oliver Bacharach, Burt’s only biological son, who has recently been joining his father on tour as a guest keyboard player.
Blessed with his father’s good looks and quiet charm, Oliver, like a lot of young men his age, is not sure where life is leading him. But he does say this of his father over coffee at Allann Brothers on Hilyard Street: “He’s my best friend.”
To read the article in its entirety, visit registerguard.com.
In addition to the recently announced San Francisco show in January, I just received word of three additional upcoming shows.
As always, for the most up-to-date list of upcoming concerts, please see the On Tour page
Burt will perform two shows in December with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets for the shows, Dec. 10 & 11, are available via the San Francisco Symphony website.
The Australian has some comments from Elvis Costello about his recent work with Burt on the Painted From Memory and Austin Powers projects.
“He has the energy of a man many years his junior,” says Costello. “And he still has a phenomenal gift for melody. We wrote these songs for Painted from Memory that I’m really very fond of and that people seem to still hold with a lot of affection. So to write more of them and then have something totally in contrast like Austin Powers is fantastic. We’ve written about 30 songs since November.”
To see the article in its entirety, visit The Australian.
Simon Kelner of The Independent has a nice review of Burt’s performance at the Wilderness Festival.
The hits came with such rapidity – often, one merging into another – that we were left marvelling at the sheer scale of Burt’s oeuvre. Did he really write that? And that, too? “What the World Needs Now” was followed by “This Guy’s in Love”, which was followed by “Close to You”, which, in turn, was followed by “Trains and Boats and Planes”. And so it went on, Burt playing those unmistakable lilting melodies on the piano, deep into the night.
To read the review in its entirety, visit The Independent.
From Mark Beaumont’s review in The Guardian of the 2014 Wilderness Festival:
But Burt Bacharach owns Wilderness, tossing out stone-cold classics on Saturday night at a rate of roughly one a minute – What’s New Pussycat?, Walk on By, I Say a Little Prayer, a stunning Anyone Who Had a Heart – as if to show that he has more hits in a single medley than the rest of the weekend combined. The perfect dinner party digestif. Mint.
To read the review in its entirety, visit The Guardian.
Karen Price of Wales Online has this review of Burt’s performance at the 2014 Brecon Jazz Festival.
The veteran musician may have recently celebrated his 86th birthday but the six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Oscar winner from Kansas City shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, mouthing the words to his hit songs as he energetically played piano.
To read the review in its entirety, visit WalesOnline.co.uk.
Jade Wright of the Liverpool Echo wrote this article about Burt’s Aug. 3, 2014, performance at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.
After three standing ovations Burt was finally allowed to leave the stage, but not before a voice shouted from the crowd “when are you coming back again?” He laughed as he responded “I wish it was tomorrow.”
To read the article in its entirety, visit LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.
Thanks to my friend Armando for the link to this fan video of Burt and band performing in Lyons, France, earlier this week at les Nuits de Fourviere.