Motown legend Stevie Wonder will visit Birmingham this September as part of his first European tour in more than a decade.
The Grammy Award-winning musician will perform at the NIA on September 8, followed by dates in Manchester and London’s O2 arena.
Wonder, who has sold more than 70 million albums since he was signed by Motown Records at the age of 11, announced the tour at a press conference in London, where he performed eight songs including his hits Happy Birthday and Master Blaster.
He told the press conference that he decided to return to the stage last year after his mother, who died in 2006, came to him in a dream. He added: “I want to thank everyone for the contribution you’ve made over my life."
“Had it not been for you I would never have had the chance to get the support for my music. And I would never have been able to allow my mother to have a far better life than she would have had.”
The star's best-known hits include I Just Called To Say I Love You, which won him an Oscar in 1985, and Superstition. He was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1996 and was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years later.
He also answered questions on the US presidential election.
“The spirit I see in Barack Obama is a combination of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Junior so I think that with those two spirits - and the one he has himself - he just can’t lose,” he said.
The tour will prelude the release of two his new albums, Gospel Inspired by Lula and Through the Eyes of Wonder. He will also perform in seven other countries, culminating in Paris on September 28, with tickets going on sale for the European dates on June 13.