DONOVAN ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DATES FOR ’50TH ANNIVERSARY “SUNSHINE SUPERMAN” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR’ SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2016, PRESENTED BY ASTRELLA INC; CITY OF LOS ANGELES TO DECLARE SEPTEMBER 3 ANNUAL “DONOVAN DAY” OFFICIAL CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10:00 AM AT L.A. CITY HALL WITH THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL, LED BY COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KORETZ, 5th DISTRICT– IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

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DONOVAN
ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DATES FOR
’50TH ANNIVERSARY “SUNSHINE SUPERMAN”
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR’
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2016
–PRESENTED BY ASTRELLA INC–
 
CITY OF LOS ANGELES TO DECLARE SEPTEMBER 3 ANNUAL
“DONOVAN DAY”
OFFICIAL CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10:00 AM AT L.A. CITY HALL WITH THE LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL, LED BY COUNCILMEMBER PAUL KORETZ, 5th DISTRICT
IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
 
VINYL RE-ISSUE OF DONOVAN’S LANDMARK 1966 ALBUM
‘SUNSHINE SUPERMAN’
AVAILABLE NOW FROM SUNDAZED (here)
 
“I am delighted to be going on tour throughout North America, to thank all who have followed my work from the beginning–and all who have just discovered me now. I celebrate my 50th year in music to re-affirm my poet’s role to unite us with our deeper conscious Self. My ‘Sunshine Superman’ album led the way to establish the need for the journey within and T.M Meditation the way to go. My world-wide tour continues this work.”  –DONOVAN
 
DONOVAN60s 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 http://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 Donovana 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: http://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.
 

DONOVAN, vintage image. Photo credit: Donald Leitch (Donovan Discs  2016).
 

Sunshine Superman vinyl from Sundazed cover artwork.
 
DONOVAN Photos and Biography:
A  selection of  vintage images are above and  below.
Photos credit, Michael Collopy:Donovan Discs 2016: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2q5rvn9i8gwpykw/zy3kUvpe7
 
For all DONOVAN dates worldwide, click here.
DONOVAN: 50th ANNIVERSARY ‘SUNSHINE SUPERMAN” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR:
DATE
 
LOCATION
VENUE
TICKETS
TUE
8/30
East Hamptons, NY
Guild Hall
FRI
9/2
Los Angeles, CA
L.A. City Hall “Donovan Day” *Press conference.
MON
9/4
Fairfield, IA
Sondheim Center
WED
9/7
Clearwater, FL
The Capitol Theatre
THU
9/8
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Parker Playhouse
SAT
9/10
Port Washington, NY
Landmark on Main Street
SUN
9/11
South Orange, NJ
SOPAC
WED
9/14
Troy, NY
Troy Music Hall
THU
9/15
New York City, NY
Carnegie Hall / Zankel Hall *SOLD OUT
SAT
9/17
Boston, MA
Jordan Hall-New England Conservatory
SUN
9/18
Peekskill, NY
Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
TUE
9/20
Dallas, TX
The Majestic Theatre
WED
9/21
Houston, TX
TBA
 
THU
9/22
San Antonio, TX
Tobin Theatre
SAT
9/24
Austin, TX
The Paramount Theatre
SUN
9/25
Boulder, CO
Boulder Theatre
TUE
9/27
Phoenix, AZ
Musical Instrument Museum
FRI
10/7
Pasadena, CA
The Rose
SAT
10/8
Beverly Hills, CA
Saban Theatre
WED
10/12
San Francisco, CA
The Regency Ballroom *SOLD OUT
THU
10/13
San Francisco, CA
The Regency Ballroom
SAT
10/15
Seattle, WA
The Neptune Theatre *SOLD OUT
SUN
10/16
Seattle, WA
The Neptune Theatre
FRI
10/21
Toronto, Canada
Danforth Music Hall *SOLD OUT
 
About DONOVAN’s Sunshine Superman:
By 1966 Donovan had evolved beyond his initial folk troubadour style and fully embraced the budding “flower power” movement. Finding inspiration in jazz, blues, world music and West Coast U.S. rock, he partnered with top UK producer Mickie Most and arranger John Cameron to capture the sound he was pursuing in his mind. Their first collaboration, the “Sunshine Superman” single, was a smashing success, reaching #1 on the U.S. charts and establishing Donovan as a major pop star. Containing a prominent psychedelic vibe and featuring exotic instrumentation like sitar and tablas, it foreshadowed the Summer of Love zeitgeist by a full year. Recorded at EMI Studios London, it also featured session guitarist and soon-to-be Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page. Upon signing with Epic Records in the U.S., Donovan, Most and Cameron traveled to Los Angeles to continue recording at CBS Studios. The subject matter of the songs ran the gamut, reflecting Donovan’s interests and influences. “The Fat Angel,” a tribute to Mama Cass, also name checks The Jefferson Airplane (who returned the favor by covering the song on their live album Bless Its Pointed Little Head). “Bert’s Blues” honors UK folk pioneer Bert Jansch, a major influence on Donovan, Jimmy Page and many other British guitarists. “The Trip” salutes the L.A. club of the same name and mentions Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, director Federico Fellini and the Buddhist concept of Zen in the lyrics. Elsewhere, the foreboding “Season of the Witch” served as the dark reflection of the cheery “Sunshine Superman” and remains one of Donovan’s most intriguing songs. Sessions for the Epic album, to be titled Sunshine Superman, concluded in May 1966 and it was released in the U.S. in September of that year. Due to a contract dispute with his former label, Pye Records, the album was not released in the UK until 1967, and then in a greatly altered form. The dispute, stemming from Donovan’s move to Epic, delayed the UK release of future recordings as well. This legal wrangling put Donovan in the rare position of a UK artist whose records came out in the U.S. before they appeared in his homeland. The Sundazed Sunshine Superman reissue has been sourced from the original analog Epic tapes in the rare U.S. MONO mix. Cameron’s arrangements sparkle as the instrument lineup varies from song to song (listen closely for Shawn Phillips on sitar) as Most’s production expertly frames each track. Above all, Donovan delivers an incredible collection of songs, perfectly preserving a moment in time. Sunshine Superman vinyl re-issue is available by Sundazed (here).
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