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Joe Biden to visit Schenectady on 'Promise' tour

Joe Biden to visit Schenectady on 'Promise' tour

Former vice president will speak at Proctors
Joe Biden to visit Schenectady on 'Promise' tour
Joe Biden is seen during a visit in January 2014 to the state Capitol.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

SCHENECTADY — Former Vice President Joe Biden will speak at Proctors in November as part of his American Promise Tour.

Biden will appear at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the theater. The tour, which coincides with the upcoming release of his memoir, is a series of conversations “that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most,” according to a news release.

Biden will stop in 19 cities as part of the tour, with Schenectady one of the smallest among them. He will speak in the main theater, which holds roughly 2,700 people, said Michael Eck, Proctors’ publicist. The Capital Region stop falls on what will be Biden’s 75th birthday.

Tickets for the appearance go on sale at 10 a.m. July 28, though Proctors members and subscribers will have access to a pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. All ticket-holders will receive a copy of Biden’s book.

Prices range from $75 to $150, Eck said. There is also a VIP package available for $300, which includes a meet-and-greet, a photo opportunity, a ticket in the first five rows and a signed copy of the book.

The visit is part of a concerted effort to bring more big-name speakers to the theater, Eck said.

“It’s pretty special to have a vice president in the house,” he said, adding that Proctors had been in touch with Biden’s representatives for some time before recently receiving confirmation of his visit.

Biden’s book, titled “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” chronicles the year in which his son, Beau, battled brain cancer while Biden weighed whether to run for president in the 2016 election.

According to a prepared statement announcing the tour, Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. 

“It’s a lucky man who gets out of bed every morning, puts his feet on the ground, knows what he wants to do, and knows it still matters,” Biden said in the prepared statement. “I still count myself lucky.”

The tour runs from Nov. 13 through Dec. 14, with stops in New York City; Boston; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Philadelphia; Denver; Seattle; Chicago; and more.

A previous version of this story listed the wrong price for tickets, which start at $75.

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