THE clue is in the title for Dionne Warwick’s show at York Barbican on October 6 2020. “She’s back: One Last Time,” says the poster.
The six-time Grammy Award winner will be playing her farewell British and European tour next September and October, by when she will be 79.
Retirement, however, is not on her mind. “After almost six decades, I’ve decided it’s time to put away the touring trunk and focus on recording, one-off concerts and special events.
“I still love performing live, but the rigours of travelling every day so far from home, sleeping in a different hotel each night, one concert after the other, is becoming hard. So, I’ve decided to stop touring on that level in Europe,” says Dionne. “But I’m not retiring!” she insists.
Indeed not. In May, she released She’s Back, her first studio album since Feels So Good in 2014.
The tour’s UK leg will open at The Waterfront in Belfast on September 19 2020 and her shows will encompass her monumental career, not least the peerless Warwick/Burt Bacharach/Hal David recording catalogue: I Say A Little Prayer, Do You Know The Way To San Jose, Anyone Who Had A Heart and Walk On By.
Warwick previously played a North Yorkshire concert on her An Evening With Dionne Warwick, Me And My Music tour at Harrogate International Centre in February 2008.
Tickets for One Last Time go on sale on Wednesday, December 4 at 9am on 0203 356 5441, at yorkbarbican.co.uk or in person from the box office, should you walk on by the Barbican.