Ben Harper news: tour, Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan - Rock N' Roll Is Free video

Ben Harper announces North American tour

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After playing a series of international festivals this summer, Virgin Records recording artist Ben Harper will launch a North American headlining tour.

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The run will kick off on August 25, 2011 at The Warfield in San Francisco, CA and include a show at Terminal 5 in New York City (October 1) and a two-night stand at Washington, DC's 9:30 Club (October 4 and 5).

Ben Harper will celebrate the May 17 release of his new album, Give Till It's Gone, with a series of national television appearances.

Ben Harper to release new album Give Till It's Gone - feat Ringo Starr

He'll perform the collection's first single, "Rock N' Roll Is Free," on "Late Show with David Letterman" on May 18 and follow the taping with a live multi-platform concert at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater.

The event is part of CBS Interactive Music Group's leading concert webcast series, LIVE ON LETTERMAN, presented by AT&T. The concert will be webcast live and on-demand through CBS Properties and VEVO.

He'll also appear on "The Early Show" (May 19), "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (May 24) and "Conan" (May 25).

Harper's interview with NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" host Liane Hanson will air this Sunday, May 15.

Give Till It's Gone is Harper's first solo record since 2006's Both Sides of the Gun. He recorded most of the album at the Los Angeles studio of Jackson Browne, who harmonizes with him on the wistful "Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn."

The album also features two tracks written and performed with Ringo Starr - the psychedelic-tinged "Spilling Faith" and the improvisational "Get There From Here."

The video for "Rock N' Roll Is Free," which was directed by Liam Harrison, recently premiered on Fans can check out the animated clip on

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Ben Harper 2011 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

June 2011

6/4 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Festival
6/5 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
6/6 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
6/7 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
6/12 Fès, Morocco Festival de Fès
6/30 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre SOLD OUT

July 2011

7/1 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre SOLD OUT
7/2 Sioux City, IA Saturday in the Park
7/3 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
7/5 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy SOLD OUT
7/6 Ottawa, ON Bluesfest
7/8 Quebec City, QC Quebec City International Summer Festival
7/16 Aix-les-Bains, France Festival Musilac
7/18 Lucca, Italy Piazza Napoleone
7/19 Rome, Italy Fiesta Ippodromo delle Capannelle
7/20 Milan, Italy Arena Civica
7/22 Nîmes, France Festival de Nîmes
7/23 Carcassonne, France Festival de Carcassonne
7/25 Saint-Malo-du-Bois, France Festival de Poupet
7/28 Lucerne, Switzerland Swiss Blues Fest
7/29 Tarvisio, Italy Piazza Unita
7/30 Verona, Italy Castello Scaligero Di Villafranca

August 2011

8/1 Monte Carlo, Monaco Sporting Summer Festival
8/3 Corsica, France La Citadelle
8/5 Avenches, Switzerland Festival Rock Oz'Arènes
8/6 Colmar, France Festival Foire aux Vins d'Alsace
8/7 Dranouter, Belgium Festival Dranouter
8/25 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
8/26 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheatre
8/27 Seattle, WA Marymoor Amphitheatre
8/28 Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl

September 2011

9/2 Stateline, NV Harvey's Lake Tahoe
9/3 Las Vegas, NV Pool at Cosmopolitan
9/4 Del Mar, CA Del Mar Racetrack - concert following the races
9/10 Dana Point, CA Doheny Days Music Festival
9/27 Montreal, QC Metropolis
9/29 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
9/30 Boston, MA House of Blues

October 2011

10/1 New York, NY Terminal 5
10/4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Additional dates will be announced soon.

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