Reggae Iconoclast Jimmy Cliff Returns With Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction And Most Extensive U.S. Tour In 20 Years

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Jimmy Cliff

Grammy-winning musician/actor/singer/songwriter/producer Jimmy Cliff returns to the world stage in 2010 with his fullest slate of activity in decades. On March 15, he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City. Wyclef Jean will induct Cliff, who is also scheduled to perform that evening. The ceremony will air live on Fuse TV.

Following the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Jimmy Cliff will mount his most extensive North American tour in over twenty years. Kicking off June 11 at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, the tour will include stops at Bonnaroo’s main stage, Toronto’s Massey Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl, with many more dates and major festival performances to be announced soon. See below for a select itinerary.

Jimmy Cliff is also putting the finishing touches on his first album of new material in six years, to be released later in 2010. He shares his thoughts on the new album here:

Jimmy Cliff is the only living musician to receive Jamaica’s Order of Merit, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts & sciences. In 2007, he was also honored with a doctorate from The University of the West Indies. In a career that spans nearly fifty years, he has sold more than twenty million albums, with over twenty-five releases to his credit. He has appeared in several films including, most famously, ‘The Harder They Come,’ whose impact on reggae and pop music in general can scarcely be overstated. He has collaborated with countless other legends including The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer and Annie Lennox. Bob Dylan has called Cliff’s “Vietnam” the best protest song he ever heard, and a short list of artists who have covered Cliff’s compositions ranges from Willie Nelson and Cher, to New Order and Fiona Apple.


06/11/10 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
06/12/10 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo (main stage)
07/19/10 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
07/24/10 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay – Beach Stag
07/25/10 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl – KCRW’s World Fest
08/05/10 Detroit, MI Chene Park Amphitheater
08/08/10 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove @ Harrah’s Casino
08/10/10 Calgary, AB Jack Singer Hall
08/11/10 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre for Music
08/14/10 Del Mar, CA Del Mar Racetrack