amed musical showman, producer and songwriter David Foster and some of his talented friends will be embarking on a l0-city tour of â€œDavid Foster and Friendsâ€ starting in Chicago on October 21st, including stops in New York, Boston, LA, Vancouver, Miami and other markets, it was confirmed today by Warner Bros. Records. In addition to such artists as Philip Bailey from the chart-topping Earth, Wind and Fire, Oprah protÃ©gÃ© Charice, Chicagoâ€™s Peter Cetera and American Idolâ€™s Michael Johns, fans can expect surprise visits at every show.
Foster, who has an unparalleled four-decade career producing, writing, discovering and nurturing some of the greatest talents in music, has added a special event to the â€œFoster and Friends Showâ€ – a HIT MAN Talent Search for emerging artists that will take place in each city. Talent in each market will compete to be the next mega-artist by submitting video performances to NAMEDROP.COM. Following the pre-selection, radio and TV stations in their markets will air the selected video/audio clips and viewers/listeners will vote for the two finalists via station websites. The two finalists get to perform with Foster in front of a live audience during the Foster and Friends Concert. The audience and Foster will choose the final winner, who will be flown to Vancouver on November 8th for a final showdown in Fosterâ€™s home town.
With one of Hollywoodâ€™s most impressive phone books, Foster has yet to reveal which guests might visit him on stage during the tour. â€œCher and Donny Osmond both surprised me in Las Vegas so I think people wonâ€™t be disappointed. I can certainly say each show will be very special and loads of fun. You never know whatâ€™s going to happen with this much talent on stage,â€ commented Foster who performed two sold out shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas recently.
Foster, a 15-time Grammy winner whose PBS Great Performances Special, â€œDavid Foster and Friendsâ€ was the highest pledged PBS show in history, will perform with his friends some of the hits that have paved the way for the many artists that he has worked with over the years, including Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Michael BublÃ©, Andrea Bocelli, Chaka Khan, Madonna, Chicago and The Corrs. Foster recently produced Sealâ€™s critically acclaimed, â€œSoulâ€ CD, Michael BublÃ©â€™s upcoming â€œCrazy Loveâ€ CD and a cut on Whitney Houstonâ€™s new CD. He is also in the studio with Oprah discovery Charice, who received five standing ovations during her recent performance in Las Vegas. David Fosterâ€™s current DVD/CD â€œFoster and Friendsâ€ is available on 143/Reprise Records.
Tour dates are as follows:
New York, NY
WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
St. Pete Times Forum
Hard Rock Live
Los Angeles, CA
Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk
San Jose, CA
General Motors Place
Ticket prices are $125, $85 and $55 and can be purchased by logging on to http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or by calling 1-800-745-3000 (except for Vancouver, Canada, 604-280-4444, or http://www.ticketmaster.ca/).