DONOVAN–’60s legend, icon, poet and one of the world’s most enduring singer songwriters, whose fingerprints can be seen throughout the last half-century of popular music–has announced additional dates for his forthcoming 50th Anniversary ‘Sunshine Superman’ North American Tour this fall. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his landmark 1966 album Sunshine Superman, DONOVAN’s tour has now expanded to 21 shows (all dates below), due to various dates having sold out. Presented by ASTRELLA INC, tickets for the 50th Anniversary ‘Sunshine Superman’ North American Tour are on sale nowat donovan.ie/.
The City of Los Angeles will officially declare September 3 “Donovan Day.” September 3, 2016, marks the actual, to-the-date 50-year anniversary of when the single “Sunshine Superman” reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1966. The day before, on Friday, September 2 at 10:00 AM, DONOVAN and the Los Angeles City Council, led by Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District and other city leaders will be on-hand for a special press conference and ceremony to mark the annual “Donovan Day” at L.A. City Hall in downtown Los Angeles (John Ferraro Council Chambers, L.A. City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012).
DONOVAN’s 21-city tour will launch with a benefit concert on Tuesday, August 30, in East Hamptons, at Guild Hall, for the David Lynch Foundation. He’ll return to New York City on Thursday, September 15 for a concert at Carnegie Hall and continue across North America before wrapping up on Friday, October 21 for a sold out concert at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.
2016 also celebrates the 50th anniversary of DONOVAN’s hit single “Sunshine Superman” when it reached #1 on the Billboard chart. The album of the same name is considered a classic masterpiece and was cited during DONOVAN’s induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012: “Donovan single-handedly initiated the Psychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman.” Audiences during The 50th Anniversary Tour will be treated to DONOVAN’s history of hits, including “Sunshine Superman,” “Mellow Yellow,” “The Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Jenifer Juniper” as well as his legendary storytelling and other cult classic songs.
A deeper reason for DONOVAN’s tour is his important world-wide work with Transcendental Meditation. A percentage of the proceeds from his fall tour support the “Donovan Children’s Fund”–a division of the David Lynch Foundation–which helps bring Transcendental Meditation to tens of thousands of at-risk students in schools throughout the United States.
The Sundazed Sunshine Superman vinyl reissue is available now (here) has been sourced from the original analog Epic tapes in the rare U.S. MONO mix. Sony/Legacy Recordings release of “The Essential Donovan”–a collection of DONOVAN’s hits and other innovative album selections is also available now. Meanwhile, Gibson Guitars has created a special “Donovan Model J45 Guitar,” the guitar on which DONOVAN composed, recorded, and performed all his 60s works.
DONOVAN’s daughter, Astrella Celeste, will celebrate her father’s achievements with a special release of a Sunshine Superman musical t-shirt from her unique “Astrella Inc” collection. To view all DONOVAN selections, visit: www.astrellainc.com/#!donovan/vwwnz.
It’s all a long way from that heady 60’s decade that birthed him, but 2016 will confirm DONOVAN as much more than a mere heritage act. DONOVAN embodies the history of British rock and pop. DONOVAN is an institution, and his legacy and influence will ensure that he is part of its future, too.