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Christmas time in October: John Legend announces first Christmas album and holiday tour

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Columbia RecordsJohn Legend is in the holiday spirit: He announced Monday he’s releasing his first Christmas album on October 26.

“I’ve been wanting to do this a long time,” he says in an Instagram video. “The album is called A Legendary Christmas, and we’re about to have the Legendary Christmas tour.”

Raphael Saddiq produced the album, and Legend will kick off a 25-date holiday tour on November 15 in Clearwater, Fl. Tour stops include, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston.

“We recorded eight classic Christmas songs plus six brand new Christmas songs just for you,” the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony-winner adds.  Stevie Wonder is featured playing harmonica on the first track, “What Christmas Means to Me.”

Fans can register now on Legend’s website for the tour pre-sale which begins Tuesday at 10 am. Tickets will go on sale Friday for the general public Friday.

Here’s the track listing for A Legendary Christmas:

1.”What Christmas Means to Me” (feat. Stevie Wonder on harmonica)
2.”Silver Bells”
3.”Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (feat. Esperanza Spalding)
4.”No Place Like Home”
5.”Bring Me Love”
6.”Merry Christmas Baby / Give Love on Christmas Day”
7.”Christmas Time Is Here”
8.”Waiting for Christmas”
9.”Purple Snowflakes”
10.”The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”
11.”Please Come Home for Christmas”
12.”Wrap Me Up in Your Love”
13.”By Christmas Eve”
14.”Merry Merry Christmas”

Here are the Legendary Christmas tour dates: 

11/15 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/17 — Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore at The Jackie Gleason Theater
11/20– Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre??
11/23 — Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Resort Spa and Casino
11/24 — Mashantucket, CT, Grand Theater at Foxwoods??
11/25 — Boston, MA, Boch Center
11/27 — Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
11/28 — Oxon Hill, MD, MGM National Harbor
12/03 — New York, NY, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
12/4 — Philadelphia, PA, Metropolitan Opera House
12/6 — Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre??
12/7 — Verona, NY, Event Center at Turning Stone Resort Casino
12/9 — Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre??
12/10 — Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
12/12 — Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
12/13 — Chicago, IL. Civic Opera House
12/15 — Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre??
12/16 — Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall
12/18 — Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater
12/19 — Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
12/21 — Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
12/23 — Los Angeles, CA, Microsoft Theater
12/29 — Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
12/30 — San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre

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