Courtesy of The End Records/BMGPetula Clark released a new studio album last Friday called Living for Today, and is supporting it with what, amazingly, is the British pop legend’s first-ever full tour of the U.S. The trek got underway last Sunday in Modesto, California, and is mapped out through a December 26 concert in New York City.

“I’ve done concerts here and there, and I was on tour with [stage productions of] Sunset Boulevard [and] Blood Brothers,” Clark, who celebrated her 85th birthday on Wednesday, explains to ABC Radio. “So yes, I’ve done a little bit of touring in the States, but not with my own show. So this is really quite exciting for me.”

As for what fans can expect at her concerts, Petula says, “It’s me and a…five-piece band…And some good songs, hopefully a good sound system and a good audience. And I just go on and have fun.”

She adds, “Obviously I’ll be singing some of the old songs, ’cause they’re so great…But, the new stuff as well. I’ll be playing piano a little bit. I might even do something in French. Anyone who comes to see me, I think they’ll leave the theater knowing a bit more about me.”

Speaking about Clark’s new stuff, Living for Today is a 13-track collection featuring nine songs that Petula wrote or co-wrote and a few select covers, including Steve Winwood‘s 1980 hit “While You See a Chance,” the Paul McCartney-penned Beatles gem “Blackbird” and the R&B classic “Fever.”

Clark is showcasing a healthy sampling of tunes from Living for Today, alongside her classic 1960s hits such as “Downtown” and “Don’t Sleep on the Subway,” on the tour.

“For me this is an adventure,” she says of the trek.

Here are all of Clark’s upcoming tour dates:

11/17 — San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/18 — Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon Club
11/19 — Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
12/3 — Austin, TX, One World Theatre
12/5 — San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center
12/7 — Lake Worth, FL, Duncan Theatre – Palm Beach State College
12/10 — Avon Park, FL, Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts – South Florida State College
12/11 — The Villages, FL, Sharon Morse PAC
12/12 — Largo, FL, Central Park Performing Arts Center
12/14 — Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
12/15 — Kent, OH, Kent Stage
12/16 — Niagara Falls, NY, Bear’s Den – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
12/17 — St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theater
12/18 — Parkerburg, WV, Smoot Theatre
12/20 — Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
12/22 — Northhampton, MA, Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
12/26 — New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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