Alanis Morissette To Play 12 Clubs In October

Singer/songwriter's October tour will precede release of her eagerly awaited Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.

Cathartic singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette will preview material from her

highly anticipated new album, Supposed Former Infatuation

Junkie, during an upcoming 12-date club tour.

The limited tour, a precursor to a more expansive swing in early 1999, will kick

off on Oct. 11 with a show at Santa Cruz, Calif.'s 800-capacity club the Catalyst.

That appearance will be followed by dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles,

Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta

and Toronto. The tour is the artist's first since completing an 18-month trek in

support of her smash album Jagged Little Pill in late 1996.

The new album (due Nov. 3) will be preceded by the angst-ridden pop singer's

first single, "Thank U," slated for release in late September, according to Mitch

Schneider of MSO, Morissette's publicity firm.

Her prior release, Jagged Little Pill (1995), is the best-selling U.S. debut

solo album in history, having gone platinum (1 million sold) 16 times over in the

U.S. alone on the strength of multiple hit singles. The new album will be

Morissette's fourth; as a teen, the singer released two dance-pop-oriented

albums in Canada -- Alanis (1991) and Now Is The Time (1992).

Among the songs to be included on the new album, which was recorded in Los

Angeles with co-producer Glen Ballard, who also produced the pop-fueled

Jagged Little Pill, are "Sympathetic Character," "Baba," "Front Row" and

"So Pure."

Morissette will embark on the tour with a reshuffled lineup of her band, which

includes bassist Chris Chaney, guitarist Nick Lashley and new drummer Gary

Novak, who replaced former drummer Taylor Hawkins, now with the

post-grunge rockers the Foo Fighters. The band will also feature guitarist Joel

Shearer, who performed on the song "Right Through You" on Jagged Little

Pill.

The decision to launch a major tour with a string of club dates has been en

vogue lately, with pianist/singer Tori Amos having taken the route last

spring and heartland rockers Hootie and the Blowfish about to launch a similar

tour in support of their latest release. It is especially fitting for Morissette, though,

according to a pair of industry veterans.

"I think it will do very well," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of touring-industry

trade magazine Pollstar. "She's still a new artist, and you never know

how fans will react until you go back to them and see how it feels."

Bongiovanni said the tour also makes sense because it will take Morissette

through major markets and build a buzz for the new album, as well as creating a

special, intimate event for her many fans. "It's a smart move on her part,"

Bongiovanni said, "because there are many of her fans who would die to see

her in a small space versus an arena, which she graduated to very quickly on

her first tour."

Morissette performed at the 1,100-capacity Metro club in Chicago on her

previous tour in 1995, and club owner Joe Shanahan said he was pleased to

have the singer back.

"She played here when she was fresh out of the box," Shanahan said. "I

remember getting a call from [Morissette's label] Maverick saying, 'This is an

artist you will really love,' and we put her into one of our Wednesday night

series, usually a local music night. It's where the [Smashing] Pumpkins started,

Sonic Youth, Liz Phair, Veruca Salt and Urge Overkill, and she came in when

she was already beginning to explode."

Shanahan agreed with Bongiovanni that the club tour was a smart move for the

Canadian singer, since it will likely allow her to get a feel for her band outside of

the rehearsal studio and also gauge her audience's reaction to the new

material. "There's only so much you can figure out in rehearsal," Shanahan

said. "In clubs you get to know right away how it will go."

Morissette co-wrote the lyrics and music for 13 of the album's songs with Ballard

and co-produced the album with him as well. Four of the songs were written

solely by Morissette, who sang all the vocals on the album as well as playing

harmonica, flute and piano.

In late June, a source at Maverick Records said it was unclear at that point

whether a trio of new songs debuted by the singer at last year's Bridge School

Benefit concert -- "No Pressure Over Cappuccinos," "Gorgeous" and a song

introduced by Morissette as "She Gave Me A Wink" -- would make the new cut.

The performance was one of the most recent by the popular singer/songwriter.

With just the teaser of

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"Uninvited" (RealAudio excerpt) -- the hit single from this year's film

"City of Angels" -- to hold them, rabid Morissette fans have been clamoring for

new material, and many were overjoyed to hear that the wait would finally be

over.

"Of course I'm very eagerly awaiting the new album, it has been too long since

anything new was being released by Alanis," wrote 22-year-old Tim Abidin of

Australia, webmaster of "Definitely Alanis Morissette," in an e-mail.

The Alanis Morissette Club Tour Dates:

Oct. 11; Santa Cruz, Calif., Catalyst

Oct. 12; San Francisco, Calif., Warfield

Oct. 14; Los Angeles, Calif., Palladium

Oct. 16; Dallas, Texas, Deep Ellum Live

Oct. 18; Chicago, Ill., Metro

Oct. 20; Detroit, Mich., State Theatre

Oct. 22; New York, N.Y., Hammerstein Ballroom

Oct. 23; Boston, Mass., Avalon

Oct. 26; Philadelphia, Pa., Electric Factory

Oct. 27; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club

Oct. 29; Atlanta, Ga., Tabernacle

Oct. 31; Toronto, Ont., Phoenix Concert Theatre