If you thought it would be a cold day in hell before you ever got to see Donovan Leitch live again — better get that parka on. The 60s Scottish King Of Grooviness, who will turn 70 in May, will be undertaking a full blast North American tour, dubbed The 50th Anniversary Sunshine Superman North American Tour. Because of the hit song from 1966 which turned him into a household name, and all that.
The trek gets rolling early in September and includes Canadian shows, at Vancouver’s Vogue on Wednesday October 19 and Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on Thursday October 20. Quoth a media release: “Audiences during the tour will be treated to Donovan’s history of hits, including ‘Sunshine Superman,’ ‘Mellow Yellow,’ ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man,’ ‘Jenifer (sic) Juniper,’ as well as his legendary storytelling and other cult classic songs.”
Some of the tour proceeds will benefit the Donovan Children’s Fund, a division of the David Lynch Foundation. The outfit’s mandate is to help bring transcendental meditation to “tens of thousands of at-risk students in underserved schools throughout the United States.”
In a cherub’s voice with a delightful brogue, Donovan said, “I am delighted to be going on tour throughout North America, to thank all who have followed my work from the beginning — and all who have just discovered me now.”
Tickets go on sale on Monday April 11 at Donovan’s website.
The 50th Anniversary Sunshine Superman North American Tour
08/30 E. Hamptons, NY – Guild Hall
09/02 Los Angeles, CA – City Hall
09/05 Fairfield, IA – Sondheim Center
09/08 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker Playhouse
09/14 Troy, NY – Troy Music Hall
09/15 NYC, NY – Carnegie Hall / Zankel Hall
09/20 Dallas, TX -The Majestic Theatre
09/22 San Antonio, TX – Tobin Theatre
09/24 Austin, TX – The Paramount Theatre
09/25 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
09/27 Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum
10/08 Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
10/12 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/15 Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theatre
10/19 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue
10/20 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
*UDATE* As of August 15 ir possibly earlier, the Vancouver date has disappeared from Donovan’s website, and ticket links for that show appear to be dead at various sites. I’m reaching out to Donovan’s crew for further clarification.