Il Divo Launches North American Leg of 2012 World Tour On May 18
Everyone’s favorite all-male, pop-opera, international quartet, Il Divo, has announced plans for an epic world tour in 2012. The brainchild of Simon Cowell, Il Divo will visit six continents next year with a rather long stint in North America.
The foursome’s first performance in the New World is set for May 18 in Windsor, Ontario at the Colosseum. The highly anticipated trek wraps Aug. 19 at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Their itinerary includes more than a dozen Il Divo concerts in the Great White North.
Highlights of Il Divo’s Canadian Itinerary
>>May 19 – Il Divo tickets for Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
>>May 22 – Il Divo tickets for Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
>>July 25 – Il Divo tickets for Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
>>July 27 – Il Divo tickets for Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
>>July 31 – Il Divo tickets for Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
The quartet is selling Il Divo concert tickets to support their sixth studio album, Wicked Game. The oeuvre features songs made famous by Roy Orbison, Sarah Brightman, the musical Evita, and of course, Chris Iasaak (his song is the title track).
Il Divo is comprised of Frenchman Sebastien Izambard, Spaniard Carlos Marin, Swiss singer Urs Buhler, and American David Miller. The international composition of Il Divo inspired Land of Punt to create a list of our favorite bands with multi-national lineups. We couldn’t think of any as diverse as Il Divo, but then again Il Divo wasn’t formed organically.
Okay, stay with us here. Malcolm and Angus Young were born in Scotland and immigrated to Australia when they were very young (sorry for the pun). Drummer Phil Rudd was born in Australia but currently lives in New Zealand. Bassist Cliff Williams and singer Brian Johnson are both British. That’s quite a lot of diversity from a band known for three chords. AC/DC is one of the world’s best selling rock bands. Their 1980 release, Back in Black, is the second highest selling album of all-time.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
David Crosby is from Los Angeles. Stephen Stills is from Dallas. Graham Nash is British and Neil Young is Canadian. This also means that Crosby, Stills, and Nash are a multinational band. CSN formed in 1968 and released one album before adding Young. The result was the band’s best selling and most famous work, Déjà Vu. CSNY were great in concert and on vinyl but they could never really get along. Some of their most famous songs include “Teach Your Children,” “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” and “Southern Cross.”
The band’s current lineup features Englishmen Mick Fleetwood and John McVie and Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Former famous members are Great Britain’s Christine McVie and Dave Mason and America’s Bob Welch. Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumors is one of the greatest of all-time. It stayed on the top of the charts for more than 30 weeks and has sold in excess of 40 million copies worldwide.
The current lineup of Journey is comprised of four Americans—Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, and Dean Castronovo—and one Filipino—Arnel Pineda. The latter is not the only non-American to ever be an official member of Journey. The band’s drummer in the late 1970s was British subject Aynsley Dunbar. Going back to Pineda, the crooner was a very successful musician in his native Philippines before joining Journey in 2007. The current lineup has released two studio albums and extensively toured the world.
Like Il Divo, The Monkees are a fabricated band. Their lineup contained three Americans—Micky Dolenz Michael Newsmith, and Peter Tork—and one Brit—Davy Jones. Designed to compete with The Beatles, The Monkees began their rock and roll career as nothing more than actors but fought long and hard to wrestle creative control away from their corporate overlords. The Monkees never came close to rivaling the Beatles, either artistically or commercially, but they are the “Fab Four” of bubblegum music.