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
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
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
"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
"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