Nelly Furtado has so many guests on her latest album, she's trying to see if they can all make it to her world party. The singer's in the midst of organizing her upcoming Get Loose Tour, and if it all works out, she's going to have surprise guests tailored to each continent the tour visits.
In Europe, for instance, Coldplay's Chris Martin "should get an invitation" to join her for their duet "All Good Things (Come to an End)" (see "Nelly Furtado Double-Dips With Two Soaking-Wet Videos"). In Latin America, she'd like to sing with Juanes on their collaboration, "Te Busque." And if their paths cross on their respective world tours, she'd like to hook up with Justin Timberlake, with whom she's recorded several unreleased tracks.
"We were thinking of touring together," Furtado said, "but it didn't make sense for both of us, so we went our separate ways. But I'll probably come up to some of the Justin shows, so hopefully he'll return the favor and come to some of mine."
Also on the guest list: frequent Furtado and Timberlake collaborator Timabaland. "He toured a little bit with me on my Whoa, Nelly! tour," she said, "so I'm sure he'll come back and do his thing. We love performing together, so that should be a lot of fun."
As for an opening act, she wants it to be a revolving door, with each artist doing 10 to 15 dates each. "One of the things that's cool is, in the States I'm going to bring some Latin artists out on the road with me and do a bilingual sort of thing," she said. "They'll do their regular Spanish material, and then I do my thing, you know, whether I sing in English or Spanish or Portuguese, or play guitar."
Furtado's thinking about inviting the Puerto Rican reggaetón group and recent Latin Grammy winners Calle 13, since they did a remix of her "No Hay Igual," to fill one of those slots. "They're getting big now," she said.
So far, only the Canadian dates have been announced, but the tour will also hit the U.S., Japan and Australia along with Europe and Latin America.
The singer is playing a brace of radio holiday shows next month, and after the holidays she's got "lots" of rehearsals scheduled, so that the show can become a "full sensory experience." "Like, it really has a beginning, middle and end, and takes you on a journey," she said. "It's important to have a fun show that's interactive, where the crowd's involved. I always leave room for spontaneity and rawness, because those are my roots, you know? I started by doing club shows, and that's the energy I love, the raw club energy of just feeling like you're rocking out."
While she'll have a choreographer and four back-up dancers with her on the road, Furtado insists that there won't be any real choreography in the way you might expect with a large stage show. "The way I am with movement, it has to be all natural," she said. "It's a pretty music-based show. It's not about any one thing. There's visuals and movement, but music plays the hugest role. Everything else is just to keep it sophisticated and sensual and fun."
Furtado said she got a taste of what's to come during a recent gig in Mexico City, where the audience knew the words to all of her songs and were even able to guess what the next song would be. "I was overwhelmed with emotion," she said. "I was actually tearing up on stage. I had to get a grip! It got me really excited for next year.
"I love what I do for a living more than ever," she added. "I'm really happy in this place, and I hope to make music my whole life. I can't wait to bring the show to the fans and thank them for sticking with me this whole time."
Nelly Furtado's tour dates, according to her record label:
- December 2 - Indianapolis, IN @ Pepsi Coliseum
- December 7 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
- December 9 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
- December 10 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
- December 13 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
- December 15 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- December 16 - Sunrise, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
- March 21 - Victoria, BC @ Save on Foods Memorial Centre
- March 22 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- March 23 - Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
- March 25 - Grande Prairie, AB @ Crystal Centre
- March 26 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
- March 27 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
- April 4 - Toronto, ON@ Air Canada Centre
- April 5 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
- April 6 - Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place