Singer-songwriter supreme Rufus Wainwright announces the release of his long-awaited, critically-acclaimed, new album, UNFOLLOW THE RULES, which is out now via BMG.
Listen to UNFOLLOW THE RULES HERE
Rufus has also announced the rescheduled dates for his UK headline tour, including two shows at the London Palladium on 18th and 19th October 2021. Tickets are available HERE
2021 Tour Dates
Sat 26th BATH, UK, Forum
Sun 27th LLANDUDNO, UK, Venue Cymru
Thurs 1st RUDOLSTADT, DE, Rudolstadt Festival
Sat 3rd CALDAS DE REIS, ES, Port America Festival
Weds 7th MADRID, ES, Noches del Botanico
Mon 12th AMSTERDAM, NL, Live at Amsterdam Bos
Tues 20th CARTAGENA, ES, La Mar de Musicas
Sat 31st GLASGOW, UK, Kelvingrove Bandstand
Weds 6th SOUTHAMPTON, UK, O2 Guildhall
Fri 8th NEWCASTLE, UK, The Tyne Theatre & Opera House *
Sat 9th EDINBURGH, UK, Usher Hall
Sun 10th MANCHESTER, UK, Bridgewater Hall
Tues 12th SHEFFIELD, UK, City Hall
Weds 13th YORK, UK, Barbican
Fri 15th CAMBRIDGE, UK, The Corn Exchange
Sat 16th LIVERPOOL, UK, Olympia
Mon 18th LONDON, UK, The London Palladium
Tues 19th LONDON, UK, The London Palladium
Weds 20th BRIGHTON, UK, Brighton Dome
Fri 22nd SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, UK, Leas Cliffs Pavilion
Sat 23rd EXETER, UK, The Great Hall
Mon 25th BIRMINGHAM, UK, Symphony Hall
Tues 26th OXFORD, UK, New Theatre Oxford
Weds 27th CARDIFF, UK, St. David’s Hall
* = moved from The Sage in Gateshead
To announce the album Rufus shares the video for “Devils and Angels (Hatred)” which was directed by the singer’s husband/co manager Jorn Weisbrodt with costumes by renown designer Zaldy.
Wainwright says of the song, “My Queen moment? I wouldn’t go that far, but ‘Devils and Angels (Hatred)’ is the single and I think it’s an important song. It’s about what’s going on in the world today. We’re in the midst of a “war” that has to be won and to do that requires a dog spirit, a triumphant attitude. The concept comes from an opera I saw in Italy with my mum many years ago–Gluck’s Armide, premiered merely 10 years before the French revolution.
There’s an amazing scene where the main character has to summon hatred in order to save herself. She sings an aria and hatred rises. Of course, hatred isn’t great, but it’s not all negative. It is an energy required in battle. That’s my sister Martha Wainwright on backing vocals. All of my albums have a Martha moment and this song required the big guns,” as for the video he remarks, “ we shot the video on the last day before the lock down in California. I think it captures a little bit of that end of the world spirit that people felt when this happened.”
Following the success of ‘Want One’ in May, Rufus will join Tim Burgess again for a special release week #TimsTwitterListeningParty to share stories surrounding ‘Unfollow The Rules’ on Tuesday the 14th July at 19:00 BST.
Fans are also invited to attend an #UnfollowTheRules VIP Virtual Record Release Party on July 11 at 11 AM PT/ 2 PM EDT/ 7 PM BST / 8 PM CDT. Attendees will have a first look at some exclusive one-of-a-kind Unfollow The Rules merchandise, and will get a private virtual concert, including meet and greet and a tour of Wainwright’s Laurel Canyon home. For tickets and special merch bundles, visit rufuswainwrightvip.com.