Burt adds nine UK dates to 2015 tour schedule

Burt Bacharach performing at last year's Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire, U.K.

Burt Bacharach performing at last summer’s Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire. Bacharach will return to the U.K. this summer with a series of nine concerts.

Burt Bacharach and has band will return to the U.K. this summer with a string of nine dates in England, Wales and Ireland. This marks the second straight year Burt has visited  the U.K. for a series of summer concerts and festival dates.

Dates currently confirmed are listed below.

June 23
London, UK
Hampton Court Festival

June 26
London, UK
Royal Festival Hall

June 28
Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Festival  

June 30
Manchester, UK
Bridgewater Hall

July 1
Birmingham, UK
Symphony Hall

July 3
Nottingham, UK
Royal Concert Hall

July 5
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Millennium Concert Hall

July 6
Llangollen, Wales, UK
International Music Festival

July 8
Bristol, UK
Colston Hall

Burt has also announced an additional date in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor on April 11. As always for the most up-to-date list of concerts, visit the On Tour page.

A new year and new tour dates

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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.

 

For young Bacharach, dad’s classics hold enduring appeal

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsMark 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.

Elvis Costello has two projects with Burt Bacharach in the pipeline

364660-488fd548-2d97-11e4-8424-141fab601c36The 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.

“Anyone who had a heart would love Burt just as much as I do”

Burt-Bacharach-WildernessSimon 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.

“Wilderness Festival 2014 review – A Poshstock for foodies”

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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.

Brecon Jazz: Burt Bacharach opens the 2014 festival

JS43602745Karen 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.

 

Review: Burt Bacharach, Empire Theatre

JS43338610Jade 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.