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Stevie Wonder takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on tour, but no Los Angeles date

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Stevie Wonder is taking his classic double album "Songs in the Key of Life" on the road, but while the local music legend made the announcement at a Los Angeles press conference, he has yet to announce an L.A. tour date.

The tour is being described as a "live adaptation" of the 1976 album, which produced #1 pop hits "I Wish" and "Sir Duke," along with singles "Isn't She Lovely," "As" and "Another Star."

I Wish live

One reason L.A. may not make the list is that Wonder already performed the entirety of the album at his annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert last year at the Nokia Theatre, which he's done for 18 years.

"This has been a fantasy of mine for a while," Wonder said at the time, according to Billboard. "I wanted to do something that would thank everyone for supporting my career and also thank God for me being able to do the music I do. And listening to this album again, it is amazing to me how relevant it is today."

The benefit show is held around Christmas time every year — there's no word if this year's event will include a "Songs in the Key of Life" reprise.

The influential album, released when Wonder was just 26 years old, has sold over 10 million copies and made number 57 on Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all time. It's also been sampled and covered numerous times, including "Pastime Paradise" serving as the basis for "Gangsta's Paradise," "I Wish" being sampled for Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" and "Knocks Me Off My Feet" being later released as a single by R&B singer Donell Jones.

Gangsta's Paradise live with Stevie Wonder

Here are the announced tour dates:

Nov. 6 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Nov. 9 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Nov. 11 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Nov. 14 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
Nov. 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 20 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
Nov. 25 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Dec. 3 - Seattle, WA Key @ Arena
Dec. 5 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

You can watch fan video of last year's concert below:

Songs in the Key of Life part 1

Songs in the Key of Life part 2

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