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hoping he extends the tour to take in the antipodes

Motown legend Stevie Wonder is to perform a series of concerts in Europe for the first time in a decade.

 

The Grammy Award-winning musician will begin his tour in the UK on 8 September in Birmingham, followed by dates in Manchester and at London's O2 arena.

 

Wonder will perform in seven other countries, culminating in a concert in Paris on 28 September.

 

"We are going to have some intimate nights of wonderful excitement," said the 58-year-old.

 

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale from 0900 BST on 13 June.

 

I want to thank everyone for the contribution you've made over my life

 

Stevie Wonder

 

Wonder announced the tour at a London press conference where he performed eight songs including Superstition, Happy Birthday and Master Blaster.

 

He told the press conference that he began planning a return to the stage last year after his mother - who died in 2006 - came to him in a dream.

 

"I want to thank everyone for the contribution you've made over my life," he said.

 

"Had it not been for you I would never have had the chance to get the support for my music. And I would never have been able to allow my mother to have a far better life than she would have had."

 

Asked who he thought would win the US presidential election, he said: "The spirit I see in Barack Obama is a combination of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jnr so I think that with those two spirits - and the one he has himself - he just can't lose."

 

If we can work it out time wise I'd love to do it

 

Stevie Wonder on Mandela concert

 

Wonder denied rumours that he had been confirmed to perform at the concert marking Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park on 27 June.

 

But the singer, who will be performing dates in the US on 26 and 28 June, told BBC News: "If we can work it out time-wise I'd love to do it.

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He's coming to Oz as well.

 

From the Herald Sun.

 

 

STEVIE Wonder will tour Australia for the first time in a decade in October.

 

The singer also threw his support behind US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama as he launched the European and Australasian legs of his world tour in London yesterday.

 

"The spirit I see in Senator Obama is a combination of JFK and Martin Luther King," Wonder said. "With those two spirits, and the one he has himself, you just can't lose."

 

One of his hits, Signed, Sealed, Delivered has often been used as the theme for US political campaigns.

 

Wonder revealed one of his seven children - from five mothers - was born in Australia after his mother escaped persecution in South Africa.

 

Wonder, who was signed by Motown when he was 11, will play throughout Australia and New Zealand in October, with tickets to go on sale in July.

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