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Willie Nelson announces London and Manchester dates (2010)

Willie Nelson

Story by Jack Foley

WILLIE Nelson has announced two live dates at Manchester Apollo and London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo in support of his new album, American Classic.

The Nashville legend will play the Manchester venue on Thursday, June 10, 2010, and then London on Friday, June 11.

Tickets for Manchester are £45, £38.50 and £30 and for London are £55, £45 and £35 and they go on sale on Friday, March 12 at 9am.

On American Classic, which was released last year, Nelson is joined, on vocals and piano, by Diana Krall in an intimate rendition of If I Had You that feels more like pillow talk than mere wishful thinking.

He also duets with Norah Jones, countering playful protestations with romantic persuasion on Frank Loesser’s Baby It’s Cold Outside.

Backing musicians include such notable jazzmen as pianist Joe Sample, bassist Christian McBride, Krall guitarist Anthony Wilson, and drummer Lewis Nash; Nelson’s longtime sidekick Mickey Raphael, his memorable co-star on Two Men With The Blues, plays harmonica, adding evocative, bluesy inflections to Angel Eyes and Since I Fell For You.