Leon Russell Plans 21-City Tour of U.S.
By Staff Reports
May 2, 1976
1/16/13 at 2:25 AM
Leon Russell, Tulsa’s resident rock music superstar, will begin a five-week, 21-city national tour Sunday in Memphis, Tenn.
The tour, which includes a concert in Tulsa, will be Russell’s first tour in two years.
The concert is billed “The Leon Russell Show, but Russell won’t be the only person in the spotlight.
He’s being joined by his wife, the former Mary McCreary. Leon and Mary Russell recently released a new album (“Wedding Album”) but this will be the first time the two perform together on a scheduled concert, a spokesman said.
Spokesmen said the concert will feature a combination of music from the “Wedding Album,” old Leon Russell standards and new tunes.
Russell’s Tulsa concert will be May 21 at the Tulsa Assembly Center.
After the opening show in Memphis, Russell will perform two shows in Atlanta, Ga.
From there he will tour other cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.
His Midwestern stops before the Tulsa show are in Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis.
After the Tulsa Concert he plays three dates in Texas before concluding with seven concerts in California, the last show being June 6 in Los Angeles.
Russell, who now records at his Maple Ridge mansion, also has a residence in Encino, Calif.
He received a Grammy award in 1973 for his contribution on “The Concert for Bangladesh” album.
Though known more recently as primarily a rock music star, Russell’s music also has included blues, country and gospel.