Yanni Slates Ambitious North American Tour

New age icon Yanni will kick off the first leg of a world tour March 1 in Las Vegas. The 58-city arena trek, his first tour in five years, will keep the artist on the road in North America through a J

New age icon Yanni will kick off the first leg of a world tour March 1 in Las Vegas. The 58-city arena trek, his first tour in five years, will keep the artist on the road in North America through a June 1 show in St. Louis. He'll be touring in support of his forthcoming studio album, "Ethnicity," due Feb. 11 via Virgin.

"Many of the world's cultures are represented on this album. It has a lot of ethnic color -- in other words, it has ethnicity," Yanni says of his third album for the label and his 13th overall. "Ethnicity has to do with race and culture, and -- in the way I use it for this album -- the color and beauty of a multicultural society."

To coincide with the album's release, Miramax Books will publish "Yanni in Words," the instrumental artist's memoir, written in collaboration with David Rensin. "For the past few years I've had more of an opportunity to think deeply about life, about where I've been, where I came from, where I'm going next -- and the miracle of creativity that has made it all possible," Yanni said in a statement. "I have tasted and felt so many things in my life and been welcomed all around the world. I have surpassed the wildest dreams I ever had as a child. I thought that now was the right time to talk about it."

Last month, PBS premiered Yanni's latest television special, "Live at Royal Albert Hall, London." Along with performance clips at the famed theater, the special also showed Yanni at home in Greece and in his Florida recording studio.

"Ethnicity" is the follow-up to 2000's "If I Could Tell You." That set debuted on top of Billboard's Top New Age Albums chart and No. 20 on The Billboard 200. The Virgin album has sold 627,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are Yanni's North American tour dates:

March 1: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay Events Center)
March 3: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
March 6: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
March 7: Sunrise, Fla. (Office Depot Center)
March 8: Orlando, Fla. (Orlando Centroplex)
March 9: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
March 11: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
March 12: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)
March 14: Dayton, Ohio (Ervin J. Nutter Center)
March 15: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
March 16: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
March 18: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
March 20: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
March 21: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
March 22: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
March 23: Cincinnati (U.S. Bank Arena)
March 25: Moline, Ill. (Mark of the Quad Cities)
March 27: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
March 28: Chicago (United Center)
March 29: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
March 30: State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
April 1: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
April 3: Boston (FleetCenter)
April 4: Montreal (Bell Centre)
April 5: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Casino)
April 6: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless Arena)
April 8: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
April 10: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
April 11: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
April 12: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
April 13: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
April 15: Richmond, Va. (Richmond Coliseum)
April 16: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (First Union Arena)
April 17: New York (Madison Square Garden)
April 25: Houston, Texas (Compaq Center)
April 26: Bossier City, La. (CenturyTel Center)
April 27: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
April 29-30: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
May 2: San Diego (Cox Arena)
May 3: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond)
May 4: Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)
May 6: Fresno, Calif. (Selland Arena)
May 8: Sacramento, Calif. (ARCO Arena)
May 9: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)
May 10: San Jose, Calif. (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
May 11: Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center)
May 13: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
May 15: Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena)
May 16: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena)
May 17: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
May 18: Seattle (Key Arena)
May 21: Denver (Pepsi Center)
May 22: Colorado Springs, Colo. (World Arena)
May 28: Green Bay, Wis. (Resch Center)
May 29: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
May 30: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
May 31: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
June 1: St. Louis (Savvis Center)