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Streisand to bring fall tour to Auburn Hills

Of the Oakland Press

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People who love Barbra Streisand in Oakland County will the luckiest people -- especially if they can score tickets to the singer/actress/activist's October 18 concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Palace show is one of 20 Streisand plans to play this fall in her first tour in 12 years. Tickets go on sale June 26, with top prices at $750 and other seats at $350 (the top level when Streisand played three shows at the palace in 1994) $200 and $100. There will be a six-ticket limit.

American Express, meanwhile, is holding a special pre-sale for its card holders from June 19-25 for the Palace show.

Streisand announced 11 of the shows on Monday, beginning in Philadelphia on October 4 and ending November 20 in Los Angeles. It's not known whether the other nine dates will be multiple plays in the same cities or in different locales. The Streisand Foundation will use proceeds from the tour for donations to several environmental, educational and women's health organizations.

The vocal group Il Divo will tour with Streisand and is expected to open the show and to perform with her. Streisand's latest album, "Guilty Pleasures" -- a second collaboration with the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb -- came out last fall.

Streisand -- whose first long-term engagement outside her native New York City was in 1961 at Detroit's Caucus Club -- did not tour for decades due to intense stage fright. She began playing live again in 2003 and performed some concerts in 1999 and 2000, though it not as a formal tour.

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