INCLUDING ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA – JUNE 13TH – ONLY LONDON SHOW
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Damien Rice has announced three UK shows for Summer 2015 in support of his critically acclaimed and Rick Rubin produced new album My Favourite Faded Fantasy. The live-dates will be Rice’s only UK performances across the summer and will include Live At Chelsea: London’s first ever open-air concert at the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners on June 13, taking place in a fully seated auditorium in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s central courtyard. Tickets for Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on June 9, Manchester’s Albert Hall on June 11 and Live At Chelsea will go on pre-sale at 09.00 Wednesday 25thFebruary and on general-sale 09.00 Friday 27th February. The dates follow significant success for My Favourite Faded Fantasy, debuting in the UK Top 10 Album Chart, and an acclaimed sold-out show at London’s Palladium in December 2014, described by the Guardian in a five star live review as “a truly staggering evening”.
My Favourite Faded Fantasy follows Rice’s seminal and two-million selling album O and the Brit-nominated and million selling9. It’s a record which might seem to address a lover or attempting to take it all back again. Here, however, is a selection of songs which – says Damien – are “sung straight into the metaphorical mirror”. Those reflections appear to shift and slide from the self-aware (‘It Takes A Lot To Know A Man’) to the self-critical (see the barbed humour of ‘The Greatest Bastard’) and, perhaps, to that place of moving forward (particularly the rousing uplift of ‘Trusty & True’). It’s a lyrical push-and-pull effectively based on the idea of being yourself, which can be felt in the ambitious scope of Rice’s new material (the longest track clocks in at just under ten minutes) but is also articulated into something more raw, heavy and focused (just eight final songs were selected for the record).
Keen to never stay in one place for too long, Damien Rice’s new material nonetheless found its spiritual home in Iceland, where he and co-producer Rick Rubin completed the record after an initial period in Los Angeles. Rice was drawn to Rubin by what he didn’t know about him, as opposed to what he did (he meditated, had a big beard, and some people called him a guru). Rubin first saw Rice play live around the release of ‘O’, and recalls that “he was my favourite new artist at the time. A lot of our work together was to help him see what was so clear to everyone else in the room.” Encouraged by Rick to open up and have faith in the songs he kept starting, criticizing and scrapping, Damien relocated from Los Angeles to the fittingly volcanic energy of Iceland, where he assembled a cast of friends and local musicians to complete ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’ against the stunning backdrop of Reykjavik (which can be seen in the album’s striking accompanying videos).
“I sat for a minute,” recaps Damien, “and imagined myself with one more hour on the planet. And I noticed that I didn’t care about whether I had sold more records, or less records. What was most important to me was wanting to shed whatever mask I’d been wearing so that I could at least be myself in the world, instead of some version of myself that I thought was appropriate.”
Tuesday, June 9 Edinburgh Usher Hall
Thursday, June 11 Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday, June 13 London Royal Hospital Chelsea
Praise for My Favourite Faded Fantasy:
“Unstoppable momentum and disarming candour. He claims not to care whether his comeback is a commercial success, but one suspects it will be regardless. It deserves to be” **** – The Observer
“The pioneering singer trailblazes once again with eight stunning ballads. It’s impossible to listen to them without being genuinely moved” ***** – Time Out
“Extraordinary beauty and vulnerability” – The Sunday Times
“More confident than ever. Rice still stands worthy of his heart-wrenching troubadour title” – DIY Magazine
“Superior troubadouring from the Irish Star. Emotive and elegant” **** – The Daily Mirror
“Tuneful, deep and ravishing. Rice exudes a rare sincerity” **** – Mail On Sunday
“Gut-wrenching…another tear-jerking rollercoaster” – Glamour
“A compelling exhibition of songcraft” **** – The Sun
“The most influential singer-songwriter of this century…utterly gorgeous” – Daily Telegraph
The Irish singer and songwriter could not have poured more of himself into a performance that laid bare the joys and torment of his soul with a combination of searing intensity and wry, knockabout humour. His songs were eloquence defined” **** – The Times
“My Favourite Faded Fantasy is a musically and emotionally momentous offering. It seems unlikely that he can convey its heartfelt, brittle nuances live along with a guitar, and he does so magnificently. A truly staggering evening” ***** – The Guardian