Live: Rufus Wainwright Announces UK Winter Tour

Photo Credit: Tony Hauser

Ahead of being the first guest for the Royal Albert Hall’s special isolation sessions ‘RAHome’ this evening, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced a run of UK dates this winter, including two nights at London’s Palladium on the 2nd and 3rd of November.

Rufus releases his eagerly anticipated new album Unfollow The Rules, on BMG on 10th July.

Known for his incredibly engaging live performances, Rufus returns to the UK with a brand new band for the tour: LA musician Brian Green (John Legend, Michael Bublé, Pomplamoose) as music director and guitar; Rachel Eckroth (KT Tunstall, Antelog) on keyboard and backing vocals; Jacob Mann on keyboard, piano and backing vocals; Kyle Crane on drums; and Sam Wilkes on bass and backing vocals.

Speaking of the tour Rufus said: ‘I am excited to tour the UK in the late fall with my new band, performing the songs from my upcoming album release. I consider Unfollow the Rules my first fully mature album; it is like a bookend to the beginning of my career. He continues ‘For me, thinking about this tour is like a light at the end of this dark tunnel that we are all in together. It gives me hope and confidence that we will rise above this collectively. And while it might seem that we are not moving forward swiftly in this dark long tunnel, I know that we will reach the light again and be able to be together and listen to and play music together. I cannot wait to be part of that moment for my fans and share this music live with them’.

Rufus Wainwright plays the following in the UK this October and November….

October 13th – SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
14th – CARDIFF, St David’s Hall
16th – OXFORD, New Theatre Oxford
17th – LIVERPOOL, Olympia
18th – CAMBRIDGE, The Corn Exchange
20th – SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Leas Cliffs Pavilion
21st – BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
23rd – SHEFFIELD, City Hall
24th – GATESHEAD, The Sage
25th – EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
27th – YORK, Barbican
28th – MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
30th – EXETER, The Great Hall
31st – BRIGHTON, Brighton Dome
November 2nd – LONDON, The London Palladium
3rd – LONDON, The London Palladium

Wainwright’s ninth studio LP and first new pop album since 2012, Unfollow The Rules finds the artist at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty, and a new-found fearlessness while remaining as creative, bold, and mischievous as ever.

Speaking of the album’s postponement Rufus said: ‘You know that I am an old school guy and for me the physical product is extremely important. I am incredibly proud of this album and the way I want you to experience it ideally is listening to it from front to back in the comfort of your living room, reading the lyrics, and looking at the booklet that I carefully designed.’

Produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney, Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega, Randy Newman) at a variety of legendary Los Angeles studios – including Sound City Studios, United Recording, and EastWest Studios – the album serves as both bookend to Act I of an extraordinary career which, like Unfollow The Rules, began in the studios of Los Angeles, but also now as the first lines of a remarkable new chapter.

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