*Stevie Wonder will hit the road before year’s end for a North American tour highlighting his Grammy-winning 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life.
The trek – beginning Nov. 6 in New York City and continuing through 10 more cities, ending in Oakland, California, in December – will include performances of new songs culled from the 40 to 50 tunes Wonder wrote for an upcoming album, he said in an interview Wednesday with Billboard.com.
He hopes to begin releasing singles from the album, titled “Through the Eyes of Wonder,” in February.
Wonder said his new music was partly inspired by monitoring world news, from clashes in the Middle East to the racial tension in Ferguson.
“Obviously the good, the bad and the ugly, I’ve seen it all. I check out all of it,” he said. “I am always challenged (by) anything that’s negative to write something like … how can we take it from that wrong place to getting it back to the right place?”
“Unfortunately we’re living in a time of disposable love and we’ve got to get it from that place to really valuing life, valuing love and valuing each other.”
Wonder said the mayor of Ferguson isn’t seeing the full picture a month after unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer.
“I don’t know if the mayor has blinders on,” Wonder said in an interview Wednesday. “But to say that he didn’t know that there was a racial or cultural problem in the city is unfortunate.”
Wonder said he approved of how President Barack Obama has responded to protests in the city following Michael Brown’s death last month.
Pre-sale tickets for Wonder’s tour will become available to Citi card members on Sept. 16 through Citi’s Private Pass Program. General tickets for select cities will be sold via Live Nation beginning Sept. 22.
2014 SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE PERFORMANCE TOUR DATES
Nov. 6 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov. 9 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Nov. 11 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Nov. 14 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Nov. 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 20 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Nov. 25 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Dec. 3 – Seattle, WA Key @ Arena
Dec. 5 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena