Gladys Knight has revealed she will be returning to the U.K. stage for a final time in 2024 for her “Farewell Tour.”
The legendary ‘Empress of Soul’ – who began her career in the 1950s performing with The Pips and went on to produce an iconic songbook including hits “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” James Bond theme “Licence to Kill” and “The Way We Were” – is launching her shows on June 24 in Glasgow, Scotland. She’ll also play in Birmingham, Swansea, Bournemouth, Nottingham and Southend, along with a date at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall – the same venue where the star performed two shows last year. Tickets for Knight’s “Farewell Tour” go on general sale on Friday 6 October.
Earlier this year, Knight opened the Hampton Court Palace Festival open-air concert series in London this summer. She also played concerts in Manchester and Dublin.
Few singers over the last 50 years have matched Knight’s artistry, with the seven-time Grammy winner landing No1 hits in genres from pop and R & B to gospel. She has written more than 40 albums and scored and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Her Motown-era classic “Midnight Train to Georgia” was voted one of Rolling Stone’s greatest songs of all time, while Knight has also been in a huge range of TV shows, films and theatre productions.
The iconic soul star will be joined by guests Mica Miller, 33, one of the U.K’s most critically acclaimed modern soul stars.
Gladys Knight plays the following U.K. shows on her “Farewell Tour”:
June 24: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
June 25: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
June 27: Royal Albert Hall, London
June 29: Arena, Swansea
June 30: BIC, Bournemouth
July 2: Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
July 3: Cliffs Pavilion, Southend