Anita Baker fans rapturous over the songstress’ new tour (and it has a stop in L.A.)
Anita Baker fans have been buzzing since news broke that her next U.S. tour will stop in Hollywood.
The ‘All Night Long’ singer will be performing at Disney Hall on May 2, before she hits up L.A. for a two-night engagement at the Masonic Auditorium on May 12 and May 13.
The two-night show will offer up a bevy of tunes and a slew of pop-culture references, including one of Baker’s biggest hits, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The song, which she recorded for the 1984 movie “Stepin Fetchit,” originally peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the longest-tenured charting songs in history at the time.
“It’s a great story,” Baker tells USA Today. “My dad had a recording studio in his bedroom so that’s where I was when I was a kid. So my parents put me in a band when I was 5 or 6. It was called a ‘band.’ We made a record with the music teacher in my school.” That studio would later become Baker’s home studio, which she used to record her first two albums, “Disco Dancer” and “Bakes, Bakes, Bakes.”
“It all kicked off with the ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’ with George Harris & the Temptations,” she added. “I grew up in the south where we had a music studio, and my parents would give us a bunch of records of classic songs like ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’ and ‘Sugar, Sugar Pimp’ and we would do our version of that with the band. So that was how I learned to play the drums and sing and play the bass.”
Baker was a huge fan of the Temptations in the late ’70s and early ’80s, so she decided to re-