photos by Greg Cristman

Darlene Love @ B.B. King's Blues Club 12/23/2015
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Having sung with The Crystals (anonymously) and with many other Phil Spector wall-of-sound groups/productions, Darlene Love is one of the voices behind some of '60s pop's biggest hits. Believe it or not, she she hadn't released a new solo album since 1988...until this year's Introducing Darlene Love, that is. Produced by superfan Steven Van Zandt the album has an impressive cast behind the curtain, with songs written for her by Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Zandt, plus ones by Joan Jett, Linda Perry, Jimmy Webb, and more. You can stream the whole thing, via Spotify, below.

Darlene's powerful pipes are also, in a lot of ways, synonymous with the holidays as she was one of the featured performers on the classic A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. She also entertains NYC ever year with a holiday run at B.B. King's, and we caught the December 23 show where she played both holiday favorites and songs from the new album. Pictures are in this post.

You can catch the last of her "Love For The Holidays" show again at B.B. King's on Saturday (January 2). She's also playing BB King's on January 16 as part of the APAP Conference, and then again at the club on February 11. Tickets for all those BB King's shows are on sale. She'll also play play Brooklyn College's Walt Whitman Theatre on April 2 (tickets).

She's got a lot more tour dates coming up, including a few in NY & NJ and all are listed below.

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Darlene Love @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 12/13/2015
Set 1:
Among The Believers
Love Kept Us Foolin Around
Sweet Freedom
Just Another Lonely Mile
Forbidden Nights
Little Liar (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts cover)
Marshmallow World
Who Under Heaven
All Alone on Christmas

Set 2:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane cover) (Milton Vann, Ula Hedwig, and Baritone Williams vocals)
Oh Holy Night (Milton Vann - vocal)
He's Sure the Boy I Love
He's a Rebel
(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
Wait Til My Bobby Gets Home
Da Doo Ron Ron (The Crystals song)
Marvelous
Night Closing In
River Deep, Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner cover)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Darlene Love - 2016 Tour Dates
Jan 2 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Jan 16 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club
Jan 22 Riverhead, NY The Historic Suffolk Theater
Feb 6 Sugar Loaf, NY Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Cener
Feb 11 New York, NY B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
Feb 12 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall
Feb 13 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts
Feb 19 Lake Worth, FL Duncan Theatre (Palm Beach State College)
Feb 20 Fort Lauderdale, FL The Parker Playhouse
Feb 22 Stuart, FL The Lyric Theatre
Feb 23 Stuart, FL The Lyric Theatre
Feb 24 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
April 2 Brooklyn, NY The Walt Whitman Theatre
May 6 Asbury Park, NJ Tim McLoone's Supper Club