Rufus Wainwright Announces 20th Anniversary Tour, Will Revisit Earliest Songs

“Looking forward to singing the longing melodies of a boy with the voice of a grown man.”

Oh, what a world he’ll tour in.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced plans for a North American tour commemorating the 20-year anniversary of his self-titled debut album. Tickets are now on sale for the All These Poses tour, which kicks off November 9 in Los Angeles.

Wainwright, whom Elton John once called “the greatest songwriter on the planet,” will hit the road with a full band and perform classic material from his 1998 debut and his 2001 follow-up, Poses.

“In life, one stands the test of time but in music, thankfully, one reaps the rewards,” says Wainwright, 44, in a statement. “Come savor a very fine vintage of songs, those were some pretty good years!”

“Funny how one totally changes and totally doesn’t at the same time,” the out artist writes on Instagram. “Looking forward to singing the longing melodies of a boy with the voice of a grown man.”

“A lot of the questions I was asking 20 years ago still haunt me today, though I may seem much more confident and experienced,” Wainwright tells Billboard. “Listening to this old material I’m reminded of how curious and affected I was by the mysteries of life back then.”

Wainwright is also performing later this month at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse in Northern Stars, a concert series in which he covers legendary Canadian artists. His second opera, Hadrian, is set to premiere October 13 at Toronto’s Canadian Opera Company.

Wainwright has released eight studio albums and three live albums, including Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, his recreation of Judy Garland’s 1961 comeback concert. His latest album, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, was released in 2016.

Wainwright shared a Grammy victory in January for his contribution to Tony Bennett Celebrates 90

Some of the brightest stars on New York’s theater scene came together last year to celebrate Wainwright in 54 Sings Rufus Wainwright.
 

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