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News: Burt Bacharach Announces UK Concert Dates

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(UK) Burt Bacharach needs little introduction. In a landmark 50+ year run on the charts, Bacharach’s music continues to set industry records and creative standards.

Following Bacharach’s sensational return to British shores last year, The Daily Telegraph declared they were in the “presence of genius” with The Independent saying the show was “a brilliant lesson in the logistics of modern concert performance”.

Now Bacharach announces six dates for 2014, starting with two shows at London’s Royal Festival Hall on July 23rd/26th, with the tour then moving to the Birmingham Symphony Hall on July 28th, Edinburgh Playhouse on July 30th, Manchester Bridgewater Hall on August 1st ending with a final show at the Liverpool Empire on August 3rd.

Performing with an orchestra at the London and Edinburgh dates alongside his band and singers, Bacharach will bring his most loved songs and more to the stage.

As a teenager, he was composing songs, and by the late 1950s his songs were hitting the charts in performances by artists from different segments of popular music.  Perry Como had a hit with “Magic Moments.” He wrote a number of country and rock classics for Gene Pitney and Marty Robbins.  Soon afterwards, he established himself as one of the music industry’s top writer/producers, working with singers like Chuck Jackson and, of course, Dionne Warwick.

Bacharach’s global audiences span several generations, and he is viewed as the unique combination of one of the greatest composers of all time and the ultra-cool cult hero of the contemporary music set who often has several songs on various music charts in many countries simultaneously.

This tour will see Bacharach perform some of his greatest and unforgettable hits, including The Look Of Love, I Say A Little Prayer, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head and (They Long To Be) Close To You. Along with Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon, Bacharach is a legend of popular music. His songs have been recorded by legendary singers, such as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin.

A recipient of three Academy Awards and eight Grammy Awards (including the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award and 1997 Trustees Award with collaborator Hal David), Bacharach revolutionised the music of the 1950s and 60s and is regularly bracketed with legendary names, ranging from Cole Porter to Sir George Martin, as one of a handful of visionaries who pioneered new forms of music from the second half of the 20th Century and continued into the 21st Century.

Bacharach and David were the recipients of the 2012 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award previously awarded to Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

Burt Bacharach 2014 UK Concert Dates

July 23             Royal Festival Hall, London

July 26            Royal Festival Hall, London

July 28            Symphony Hall, Birmingham

July 30            Playhouse, Edinburgh

August 1         Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

August 3         Empire, Liverpool