Monday, February 3, 2014

Rufus Wainwright U.S. live dates and DVD ahead

On March 4, Rufus Wainwright’s private 2012 concert in an historic Greenwich Village church, filmed and recorded for PBS’ “Live from the Artists Den,” will be released on CD, digital album, and Blu-ray video by Artists Den Records/UMe.

This release includes five songs that were not included in the TV broadcast, and the Blu-ray features an additional 50 minutes of behind-the-scenes bonus material.
“Candles” is the closing song on Wainwright’s acclaimed 2012 album, Out of the Game, but it was an a cappella opener for his “Live from the Artists Den” performance at the Church of the Ascension, on Manhattan’s lower Fifth Avenue. Built in 1841, the National Historic Landmark church was a breathtaking backdrop for the tale of searching for a place to light a memorial for his late mother, singer Kate McGarrigle.
Wainwright performed 16 songs, paying tribute to Kate during the set with an emotional, solo piano rendition of her “On My Way to Town,” before bringing out producer Mark Ronson, who worked with Wainwright on Out of the Game. Wainwright and his band, with Ronson on guitar, close the show with “Bitter Tears.”
The Blu-ray's bonus materials include an exclusive, extended interview with Wainwright, an additional interview with the Church of Ascension’s since-retired rector, Father Andrew, “Inside the Den,” a behind-the-scenes look at the concert shoot and location, and a “Night in Pictures” slideshow.
“I’ve found that the venue essentially dictates everything,” Wainwright says in the filmed program.  “For someone who is pretty focused on the capabilities of the voice, as I am, churches are our friends.”
Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright will also be released on March 4 by Universal Music Enterprises. The new collection’s single-disc and digital edition features 17 songs, as well as a new recording, "Me and Liza." A 2CD and digital deluxe edition adds 16 rare live and studio tracks.
Wainwright will tour Europe in March, and he has confirmed five U.S. theater concerts in April to support the release of the retrospective. Tickets for the U.S. concerts are on-sale now at

US tour:
April 15            New York, NY             Town Hall
April 16            Washington, DC          Lincoln Theatre
April 18            Los Angeles, CA         Orpheum Theatre
April 19            San Francisco, CA     Palace of Fine Arts
April 20            San Francisco, CA     Palace of Fine Arts

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