Virgin Recommends artist Rufus Wainwright will begin his first-ever headlining tour with a full band beginning on Feb 8 at Boston’s Avalon Ballroom, and ending Mar 9 in San Francisco at the famed Fillmore. The coast-to-coast North American endeavor lies in the wake of the singer/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist’s critically-hailed album, Poses (Dreamworks), appearing in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s Chart. It also comes on the brink of a new emotive song, a Beatle’s cover featured on the I Am Sam soundtrack
, “Across The Universe,” where Sean Lennon accompanies him on guitar. Wainwright performed the song on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Jan 15.
Wainright, the son of singer-songwriter Loudon Wainright, hit the road as a solo performer and opening act for Roxy Music and Tori Amos in the last year, but he has never taken a full band on the road. Thus, making the upcoming tour the first time audiences will hear songs from Poses played by a full band. Joining Wainright on the tour will be his sister, Martha Wainwright, on guitar and vocals, bassist Jeff Hill, singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson on guitar and vocals, eels drummer/percussionist, Butch, and a guitarist/keyboardist not yet named.
Thompson will do double duty as Wainwright’s opening act for all shows except the Feb 14 gig at New York City’s Town Hall, where Antony Hegarty will be the opening act.
Dates Are As Follows:
Feb 8 – Boston, MA, Avalon Ballroom
Feb 9 – Albany, NY, Hart Theatre At The Egg
Feb 10 – Toronto, Canada, Convocation Hall
Feb 11 – Montreal, Canada, Le Spectrum De Montreal