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John Legend

You’ve no doubt already marked your calendar for July 15 for the Sade/John Legend show at the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale. But if it would be more convenient for you to catch the soulful R&B duo in Miami, you’re in luck: They’ve added a second show, July 16 at downtown’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Get your tickets for the new show starting Saturday, April 2 through or Ticketmaster ranging from $35-$148. John Legend talked to about what we can expect from the show and how excited he is to team up with Sade.


So are you looking forward to coming down to Miami?

Oh, always – I’m always looking forward to coming down to Miami. And particularly on this tour – I think it’s gonna be a pretty incredible tour and South Florida’s gonna love it. Me and Sade are gonna have a lot of fun.


You visit Miami quite a lot. What do you love most about the city?

Of course, the weather, and there’s no other major city in America that is also like a real vacation spot at the same time. There are plenty of vacation spots that aren’t major cities, but for there to be such a major city with great restaurants, great hotels, great clubs, with a lot of flavor – Miami’s a great place.


What can we expect from your shows?

Well, it’s me and Sade, so it’s gonna be sexy, it’s gonna be soulful, with great live bands. It’s gonna be a perfect show for a great night out.


Will you two ever share the stage?

We don’t know yet. There’s plenty of time between now and the tour, and a lot of times things happen during rehearsals and you kind of figure things out. So right now, there are no plans, but that certainly could change by the time we start out.


You’ve collaborated with all kinds of R&B royalty. Are there any surprise guests possible at your shows?

There’s always that possibility, but the thing with that is, you really play it by ear because it depends on who’s in town, and a lot of times you decide that day what’s gonna happen. It’ll be spontaneous, but right now we have no idea. That’s the thing with musicians – we’re all over the place, and if we happen to be passing in the night at the same time, then it’s fun and we do something cool. If Kanye [West]’s in town, then maybe he’ll come onstage, or whoever’s in town that I’ve worked with before, and we’ll make something happen. But otherwise, we’re gonna put on a great show regardless.


What led to adding a second show down here?

Ticket sales [laughs]. If tickets are going well and we feel like we can support another show, then we do it. And it’s such an important market for us, we want to maximize what we can do.


How did you hook up with Sade for this tour? Are you friends?

No, to tell you the truth, we actually haven’t even met yet. These things happen through agents and managers, and when it became apparent that Sade was gonna be touring, her agent and my agent talked and thought it would be a great combination. And then you work out all the fine points and make sure everybody’s getting paid, and do the right thing on the business side. But at the end of the day, everybody wanted it to happen, because it just makes sense and it sounds great.


Were you a big fan of hers before this came together?

I’ve been a fan since I was young, yeah. I love Sade and I’ve always loved Sade. [Her voice is] transcendent and so unique, and there’s no one that sounds like her in any way – vocally, musically. Her songs are just so clearly hers, and she’s been so reliably mesmerizing for so many years. And also, the fact that she rarely tours makes it even more exciting, because people have been waiting for this to happen for like 10 years.


What inspired you to work with The Roots on your most recent album?

I knew from the get-go what the mission of that album was – it was to cover some classic songs from the ’60s and ’70s. At first, we weren’t sure if it was gonna be just soul music, or a blend of different things – you know, would we cover The Beatles or Bob Dylan AND Stevie Wonder, or would we just focus on a certain type of music. And the more we got into it with The Roots, it really felt like we should focus on some of the great black music from that era, music that represented a movement and a point of view. In some ways it brought me back to the music I grew up playing and singing in church, and the Motown that my parents used to play in the house. So all of those things felt really good to me, and it brought out a certain passion and energy for me as a vocalist, trying to do justice to those songs and the spirit of that era.