We are delighted to partner with US Streaming site Veeps to bring you this very special opportunity to take a trip through over 20 years of Rufus Wainwright’s music from the comfort of your living room!
These special events will see Rufus perform all nine of his studio albums every Friday night from 9 October - 27 November 2020. Tickets are available for individual shows and show bundles with the opportunity to participate in Q&A's and more.
Rufus Wainwright is one of the greatest male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation. He released his debut solo album in 1998, and has since then released a series of albums, including 2007's 'Release the Stars', and ‘Out of the Game’ in 2012. 'Unfollow The Rules' - his latest release, arrived this year. His Unfollow The Rules Tour of the UK has been rescheduled due to the pandemic and we can’t wait to welcome him back to Edinburgh in October 2021.
'Join me on my trip into the past and on this virtual world tour of my entire studio album catalogue' Rufus Wainwright
Live Stream Dates
October 9 - Rufus Wainwright Side 1
October 9 - Fireside Chat about “Rufus Wainwright” (only for 4 show pass purchasers)
October 16 - Rufus Wainwright Side 2
October 23 - Poses Side 1
October 23 - Fireside Chat about “Poses” (only for 4 show pass purchasers)
October 30 - Poses Side 2
November 6 - Want One Side 1
November 6 Fireside Chat about “Want One” (only for 4 show pass purchasers)
November 13 - Want One Side 2
November 20 - Want Two Side 1
November 20 - Fireside Chat about “Want Two ” (only for 4 show pass purchasers)
November 27 - Want Two Side 2
Rufus Wainwright explains why he's decided to do this
'Special times need special artistic ideas. They also need leadership and unity but we are far from that here in the US. So we as musicians, can give the world our voice, to offer reflection and vision at the same time. I cannot tour my new album 'Unfollow the Rules' which is why I have had ample time to reflect. I have said before that I consider 'Unfollow the Rules' a bookend to my first album, both were recorded and produced in Los Angeles, in a lot of the same studios and with a lot of the same session musicians. I consider 'Unfollow the Rules' my first album of maturity as a songwriter, following in the footsteps of the greats a lot of them have left us already or will very soon. I consider 'Unfollow the Rules' the end of the first chapter of my career as a singer-songwriter. Time to look back to look forward. Over the next few months I am going to perform every single song from my 8 studio albums of original material from the first on 'Rufus Wainwright' to the last song on 'Unfollow the Rules' from my living room in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles. I will be accompanied on this journey by the wonderful Brian Green on guitars and Jacob Mann on piano and keyboard. You will hear songs you have not heard live in a long time in new arrangements, songs like 'Go or Go Ahead', 'Peach Tree', 'The Dream', '14th Street' or 'OId Whore’s Diet'. In the museum world one would call this a mid-career retrospective and for me it is a way to move forward, to bundle up the past and start a new journey.
We are going to do a show every Friday for the next while. You can buy individual tickets, monthly bundles that let you in on intimate fireside chats with yours truly and maybe some other surprises thrown in here or there. You can also vote for cover songs from a list of around 100 songs that I have covered in the past or want to cover in the future that I will sprinkle over the offerings throughout the 'Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective' as I decided to title these shows. I promise by the end of the run you will be able to make sense out of our subtitle '9 Albums in 18 Shows: Rufus Wainwright and Lulu want one to release the stars and two to unfollow the rules because Shakespeare poses to be out of the game.'