Tour will visit scaled down venues.
Inspired by her 2004 tour, her first in over a decade, legendary singer/songwriter Carole King will return to the road this summer. The Living Room Tour 2005 will visit theaters and amphitheaters, which will be scaled down for more intimate performances.
The outing will begin with a July 3-4 stand in Rama, Ont., and run through Aug. 14 in Santa Rosa, Calif. The itinerary includes a July 13 show at New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Brooklyn native's first concert in the city in more than 12 years.
The 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee conceived the tour while playing one-off shows in private homes and small venues in recent years, many of them benefits for political and environmental causes. "I realized I could do the same thing in a large venue and make it feel like a living room," King says. "The idea of bringing the show back to basics really appealed to me."
The upcoming shows will largely feature King, 63, performing solo on piano, but she will also be backed on some selections by guitarists Gary Burr and Rudy Guess. Expect to hear such classics as the No. 1 Billboard pop hit "It's Too Late", "I Feel the Earth Move" and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (No. 1 for The Shirelles in 1960), plus hits penned for other artists, including "One Fine Day."
King has not released a new album since 2001's "Love Makes the World." Her 1971 solo debut, "Tapestry," has achieved diamond status from the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 10 million copies. The set spent an astounding 513 weeks on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog chart and sold more than 154,000 copies in the United States in 2004 alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Carole King's tour dates:
July 3-4: Rama, Ont. (Casino Rama)
July 6: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)
July 8: Chicago (Auditorium Theater)
July 9: Rochester, Mich. (Meadowbrook Music Theatre)
July 11: Hyannis, Mass. (Cape Cod Melody Tent)
July 13: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
July 14: Cohasset, Mass. (South Shore Music Circus)
July 16: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)
July 17: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
July 19: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 20: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
July 21: Birmingham, Ala. (BJCC Theatre)
July 23: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)
July 24: Memphis (Orpheum Theatre)
July 26: New Orleans (Saenger Theatre)
July 28: Austin, Texas (Backyard)
July 29: Woodlands, Texas (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
July 30: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Zoo Amphitheatre)
Aug. 5: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)
Aug. 6-7: Temecula, Calif. (Theater at Pechanga Resort)
Aug. 10: Las Vegas (the Colosseum at Caesars Palace)
Aug. 12: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
Aug. 13: Saratoga, Calif. (Mountain Winery)
Aug. 14: Santa Rosa, Calif. (Luther Burbank Center)