Marty Diamond, the agent who helped create the Lilith Fair tour with Sarah McLachlan and manager Terry McBride, is shopping a proposal for a Lilith-inspired TV show and associated tour based on mixed genders, genres, and spontaneous collaborations.
The working title of the proposed monthly cable program and mini-tour series is "The Living Room," and British electro-folk songstress Beth Orton is under discussion as the possible host.
Diamond told MTV News that the Lilith Fair's penchant for spontaneous onstage collaborations was his inspiration, along with his time spent working for legendary promoter Bill Graham. "I've seen the magic of Miles Davis opening for Janis Joplin," he said.
Diamond's television proposal suggests possible sessions featuring Orton, for example, performing with the likes of former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, gritty troubadour Tom Waits, and genre-bender Beck; another of Diamond's
ideas would be to team McLachlan with such diverse artists as techno guru William Orbit, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, and The Fugees' Wyclef Jean. Diamond is currently in discussion with a number of television outlets regarding the concept.
The tour aspects of the tentatively titled "Living Room," Diamond explained, sees taking three or four components of each TV show and staging up to a dozen live shows in a section of the country each season, with an emphasis on different staging concepts.
"I see this as creating an environment," Diamond explained. "I see the set changing, based on who the artists are. Beck's living room would look different from Jay-Z's living room. We also may do non-traditional settings in traditional venues, like maybe in New York, do Irving Plaza with the stage set on the side and people sitting on the floor, or something else that's totally different."
Diamond, who is working under his Little Big Man agency banner, told MTV
News that his Lilith Fair partners are not involved in the project.