Tori Amos has just unveiled a release date for her upcoming album, as well as a 27-city North American tour this summer, set to kick off July 16th in Vancouver, Canada.
After its first night north of the border, Amos will visit Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, Nashville and Atlanta, among other places, before wrapping up the North American leg of her tour with a show in Miami on August 24th. The North American stint will follow a lengthy European trek, which kicks off on May 5th in Cork, Ireland and include stops in France, Belgium, Italy and Russia before culminating with a show in Bucharest, Romania on June 19th.
Unrepentant Geraldines will be Amos’ 14th album and is set for release on May 13th via Mercury Classics. It follows Gold Dust, which was released in October 2012, and featured Amos reworking highlights from her back catalog with classical orchestration provided by the Netherlands’ Metropole Orchestra.
According to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the record is all about the singer’s interest in the visual arts.
“I’ve always been inspired by visual artists of all mediums because, as with music, art is not a job you can go to and leave from, but it is something that defines who and what you are. Visual artists shake up our brains and force us to look at everything, from objects we don’t normally think twice about to people we might not have cared about. In one image, they can remind us of nature’s power to enchant, as well as humankind’s fruitless attempt to overpower her or simply second-guess her. Through the visual artist’s application of tone, shape, pattern and pigment, I not only begin to see, but I can honestly say I begin to hear.”
Tori Amos has just revealed details of her upcoming (and 14th, can you believe it?) album, Unrepentant Geraldines (your guess is as good as mine) and an accompanying world tour.
The extensive world tour is scheduled to kick off on May 7th 2014 in Dublin and will see the alternative singer songwriter make her way across Europe, with shows set to take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall as well as dates in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow, Warsaw and other major cities. Dates in the U.S. and the rest of the world are due to follow later in 2014, so watch this space for those show announcements.
Unrepentant Geraldines will be Amos’ 14th studio album and is set to be a return to her core musical identity after the singer released a series of more classically-inspired and perhaps more challenging musical projects over the last four years. These have included the seasonal collection Midwinter Graces, the classically influenced Night of Hunters, and Gold Dust, a collection of orchestral ‘re-imaginings’ of songs from her career. Released way back when in October 2012, Gold Dust included “Flavor,” which was remixed by the late DJ Peter Rauhofer and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Club Dance Chart in February 2013.
Last month, Amos also launched her most ambitious project to date as a composer, along with book writer Samuel Adamson, when their musical “The Light Princess” premiered at London’s National Theatre for the start of an initial run which is confirmed until at least February 2014. “The Light Princess” was nominated for Best Musical and leading lady Rosalie Craig won the Best Musical Performance category at the UK Evening Standard Drama Awards earlier this month too. In short, to call Tori Amos ‘busy’ would be an understatement and it looks to stay that way across 2014.
Tori Amos is hoping to present “The Light Princess,” her first stage musical, sometime next year.
The production of the musical is expected to play at the National Theatre in London, according to a report by the BBC. The project was put on hold in October of last year, but now Amos reveals that she is working with the National Theatre’s Sir Nicholas Hytner and says the musical will be “better than good.” No official dates for the production have yet been announced.
“The Light Princess” is the stage adaptation of the 19th-century Scottish fairytale by George MacDonald. It was originally scheduled to open at the Lyttelton Theatre last April before the project was put on hold indefinitely.
“If the fairies are with us, I’d like to say that before the end of 2013 it will be playing at the National,” Amos told to the Guardian. That paper reports that the singer-songwriter has been working on the production for over five years.
“We’ve been spending the last year getting it to a place where we’re feeling really good about it,” Amos told the BBC. The trick has been to have a fairy tale story on one hand, but on the other hand, that it’s a 21st century story for teenage girls and young women, and it has to resonate and be valid with what women are going through today. Marrying those two up has been a great challenge.”
The fairytale tells the story of a princess who has no gravity unless she is in contact with water. While swimming, she falls in love with a prince she encounters, but trouble arises when her spiteful aunt sets out to deplete all the water in the kingdom. The princess then tries to master the art of crying so she can marry the prince.
Good things sometimes do come for those who wait. Tori Amos has announced dates for her latest tour of U.S. cities. However the venues have been left out until later.
However, you don’t need to wait until before you start making plans. You will at least know the time frame and cities where Amos will be playing to plan your concert schedule.
The U.S. portion of Amos’ “Night Of Hunters Tour” will kick of in late November and run until the latter part of December. Stops include November 29 in Atlanta; December 1 in Philadelphia; December 2-3 in New York City; December 5 in Washington, D.C.; December 6 in Boston; December 8 in Toronto; December 10 in Chicago; December 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia; December 14 in Seattle; December 16 in Oakland, CA; December 17-18 in Los Angeles; December 21 in Austin, TX and December 22 in Dallas.
While you wait for the venues to be announced for Amos’ tour, there’s “Global Inspiration City Competition” to checkout. The contest has fans submitting photographs of cites on the tour. Fans can submit photos at Lomographic Society International’s website of “10 exciting cities” that are part of Amos’ world tour, which include Amsterdam, Chicago, Rome, Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, Philadelphia, London, Moscow and New York.
In a statement Amos said, some of the more creative people are my fans. I want them to help represent some cities that our part of my tour using their analog photography. My program will be then feature some of their best photos. At all the “Night Of Hunter Tour” shows the program will be made available. We selected only ten from all the great cities the tour will be visiting for inspiration. I’m looking forward to viewing the photos and having fun choosing the winning shots.
Winners will get a tour t-shirt, “Night Of Hunters” album, a tour book personally signed by Amos, and a Diana F+ Amos limited edition camera.
The contest will end on August 15, so get snappin’. More information is available at toriamos.com and lomography.com.
Tori Amos is set to drop her album, which has a distinctly classical flavor, in September. It is entitled ‘Night Of Hunters,’ and she plans to tour in support of the album in the United Kingdom in November.
This will be her first release since she began recording under the Duetsche Grammophon classical music label. Amos also intends to tour in other parts of Europe and in the United States to promote her new album.
Tori stated on her website, Toriamos.com, that the album is a “21st-century song cycle inspired by classical music themes spanning over 400 years. The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night, she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself, allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter. One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted, and how both exist within us.”
Tori Amos will begin her European tour on September 28 in Helsinki. In November, she will begin her UK tour on November 2 with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Other dates scheduled for the tour include a November 4 stop at Manchester Apollo, a November 6 concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and a November 8 visit to Belfast Waterfront.
Tickets for all concerts except the one at Belfast Waterfront will go on sale on May 13 at 9:00 a.m. (BST). Tickets for the Belfast concert will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on May 10.