Stevie Wonder to tour Europe in summer

12 dates include England, France, Germany

LONDON -- Stevie Wonder is hitting the road in the late summer for a rare European trek.

The legendary artist on Thursday confirmed plans to play 12 dates, beginning Sept. 8 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. He will perform a handful of concerts in Britain, before moving on to the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Italy and France, where he will wrap his tour Sept. 28 at the Paris Bercy.

Live Nation is producing the tour, Wonder's first in Europe for more than a decade.

The singer was on hand to relay the news at a media gathering in London's Hard Rock Cafe, where he played an exclusive set. "I am looking forward to performing in these venues in Europe. We are going to have some wonderful nights of intimate excitement," Wonder said.