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Donovan to Celebrate 50 Years Since “Sunshine Superman” Hit #1 with a Performance in Milwaukee

The Artist Who Inspired “Flower Power” to Play The Pabst Theater on June 8th

By - Jun 5th, 2017 12:00 pm

Milwaukee, WIMarch 3, 2017 —To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his #1 hit “Sunshine Superman,” Donovan has announced additional dates to his U.S. tour that will include a performance at the classic Pabst Theater on June 8th, 2017. The single “Sunshine Superman” rose to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 3, 1966.

Tickets for “Donovan: The Retrospective/Sunshine Superman Fiftieth Anniversary Tour 2017” at The Pabst will go on sale at, and at the Pabst box office. A small number of VIP “meet and greet” tickets are being sold on to benefit the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.

After a breakthrough and historic period of hit recordings, Donovan actively and consistently performed live, and today remains a towering icon of rock’s golden age. He played with and influenced generations of music’s greats while releasing a canon of music that changed the world.

Donovan met and traded songs with Bob Dylan during Dylan’s 1965 U.K. tour and was a friend of, and an influence on the Beatles. For a time, his sidemen were John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page (with John Bonham occasionally coming by), a pairing that would lead to great things, to say the least.

It was said at his 2012 Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame induction that, at age 16, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the psychedelic revolution with (the album) Sunshine Superman.” The recording announced “flower power” for the first time. It has also been said that Donovan is “chiefly responsible for introducing meditation and Eastern philosophy into modern lifestyle and songwriting.” Now, 50 years after his historic debut U.S. appearance, he returns for an anniversary tour, putting our musical history and the genesis of a vast music culture once again before our eyes.

There are dozens more, but his best loved songs include “Catch The Wind,” “Sunshine Superman,” “Season of the Witch,” “Lalena,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Atlantis,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “Epistle to Dippy,” “There Is A Mountain,” “Jennifer Juniper,” “Barabajagal,” “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting,” and “Happiness Runs.”

About Donovan and Gibson

A long time player of Gibson Guitars, Donovan, will use his signature Gibson J-45 guitar on stage at Jordan Hall. This J-45 is the same guitar he used to write “Sunshine Superman”, as well as most of the songs featured on the “Sunrise Superman” album.

About Donovan and Astrella

Donovan’s daughter Astrella will launch the “Musical T’s Collection” to coincide with the 50th anniversary tour. The new luxury T-shirt line features reimagined renderings of Donovan’s classic album covers. The shirts come with a patent-protected technology that allows buyers to download music from the albums depicted on the shirts. A portion of each T-shirt sale benefits Donovan’s lifelong mission to teach transcendental meditation to school children in his home country of Scotland.

Donovan: The Retrospective/Sunshine Superman Fiftieth Anniversary Tour 2017”

Thursday, June 8, 2017 – The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
Friday, June 9, 2017 – The Paramount Theatre – Aurora, IL
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Adler Theatre – Davenport, IA
Sunday, June 11, 2017 – Capitol Theater – Madison, WI

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One thought on “Donovan to Celebrate 50 Years Since “Sunshine Superman” Hit #1 with a Performance in Milwaukee”

  1. Christina Zawadiwsky says:

    My brother and I are attending the Donovan concert tonight – it’s almost 4:30 and the concert starts at 8! – and I really appreciate this press release, especially the information about how Donovan started a psychedelic revolution with the Sunshine Superman hit at age 16 and how he introduced meditation and Eastern philosophies into our culture and songwriting (thank you!). So excited – we have first balcony seats!

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