As we previously told you, Bill Murray is heading out on tour with a program of classical music in support of an upcoming album called New Worlds. That tour hasn't started quite yet, but Sunday night, he did give his debut musical performance, at the Dresden Music Festival in Germany. Sporting a black tuxedo, he performed a cover of Van Morrison’s “When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God?” with a group of collaborators from the album: cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez (via Consequence of Sound).
In fan-shot footage, you can see Murray really belting out on his Morrison cover. Ever the showman, he also tossed roses to the crowd at the conclusion of his performance:
Aside from the Morrison cover, New Worlds is also set to include music from West Side Story, and readings from Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. As of April, he was working on the show and album in a Manhattan studio, so maybe this performance means he's nearly done?
Whatever the case, Murray also announced his tour dates for 2017, so check those out below and let us know in the comments what other songs you'd be thrilled to see Murray take a stab at.
Bill Murray 2017 Tour Dates:
7/20: Napa, CA @ Festival Napa Valley
10/06: Santa Barbara, CA @ Granada Theatre
10/07: Palm Desert, CA @ McCallum Theatre
10/08: San Luis Obispo, CA @ Christopher Cohan Center
10/10: Chicago, IL @ Symphony Center
10/11: Buffalo, NY @ Kleinhaus Music Hall
10/13: Toronto, ON @ Koerner Hall
10/16: New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
10/26: Dallas, TX @ AT&T Performing Arts Center
11/29: Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
12/01: Escondido, CA @ TBD
12/02: Palo Alto, CA @ TBD
12/04: Arcata, CA @ TBD
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