Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sigur Rós’ Jónsi announces final American tour for 'Go'
Photo credit: Eva Vermandel
Following his incredible North American spring tour for his album, Go, Sigur Rós front man Jónsi has announced his second and final set of U.S. dates for this album. With an exclusive pre-sale on jonsi.com from now to Friday, July 30, this is the last chance for American fans to see what the Boston Globe has described as "nothing short of a revelation from start to stop."
Jónsi’s recent North American tour was met with an outpouring of enthusiastic praise from media and fans alike. He played material from his gorgeous recent release, Go (out now on XL Recordings), which received glowing reviews upon its release earlier this year. Jónsi’s collaboration with 59 Productions, a London-based design team known for their incredible stage shows for theatre and opera, has created a live experience that is truly like no other, complementing the album’s innate beauty and complexity. The combination of lighting, animation and set elements transform Jónsi’s music, making the live experience truly unique for the audience. The show is full of nature motifs, ranging from animals and insects to fire and rain, all of which serve to intensify the show’s emotional resonance.
Check out the list of dates below to see what everyone is talking about. Presale is going on now!
Praise for Jónsi’s live show:
"This Icelandic singer-songwriter’s solo album go is already one of my favorites this year, and the chance to see him showcase cuts off the newly-released nine-song disc drew me to the Outdoor Theatre early on Sunday. My expectations were high, yet the Sigur Rós frontman’s potent set exceeded them handily. When Jónsi (above) closed with an extended and emotive “Grow Till Tall,” it was as if the desert sky had been shattered by his tenor voice soaring high into falsetto amidst the layered backdrop of percussion, keyboards and other instruments.
One of the most original artists of the modern rock era, his blend of world music, rock, classical and experimentation continues to challenge, thrill and touch listeners on levels that defy most writers (this one included) to adequately convey it in words. If you haven’t seen Sigur Rós or Jónsi, please do — it’s a must." — my review of Jonsi's performance at Coachella 2010 published in the Orange County Register on April 20, 2010.
“Jonsi’s high, clear voice was not only the carrier of insistent pop hooks, but also a messenger of ecstatic hope.” – New York Times
“Jónsi played a lot of the real thing — a pop music of naked restraint and delighted release...” – David Fricke, RollingStone.com
“That voice…It was surely the evening’s main attraction, the most hypnotic sound you could ever want to experience in a concert hall with good acoustics.” – Boston Globe
“Sigur Ros is a beautiful thing, but when he goes solo, Jonsi does something amazing – he lets his freak flag fly.” – Spin.com
“The audience bursts into cheer, some with tears running down their cheeks, others embracing their lovers, and many still staring in wide-eyed, jaw-dropped amazement at the five musicians while they clasp hands and take a bow.” – KEXP
“The hour-and-a-half flew by in five minutes but I would've stayed for years…Jonsi seamlessly performed the most emotionally arresting night of music I've seen in as long as I can remember, both in its effervescent, life-affirming orgasmic joy and when it choked me up.” - Portland Mercury
“A performance so transcendent that many audience members seemed rooted in place"…”– UndertheRadar.com
“Jonsi’s gorgeous, angelic voice placed within inventive settings – remained a hallmark of the night.” - Kansas City Star
10/15/10 San Diego , CA @ 4th and b
10/17/10 Los Angeles , CA @ The Wiltern
10/19/10 Oakland , CA @ Fox Theater
10/21/10 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/22/10 Salt Lake City , UT @ The Complex
10/23/10 Tempe , AZ @ The Marquee
10/25/10 Grand Prairie , TX @ Verizon Theatre
10/26/10 Austin , TX @ Austin Music Hall
10/27/10 Houston , TX @ Verizon Music Theater
10/29/10 New Orleans , LA @ The Voodoo Festival
10/30/10 Asheville , North Carolina @ Moogfest
10/31/10 Atlanta , GA @ The Tabernacle
11/2/10 St. Louis , MO @ The Pageant
11/3/10 Chicago , IL @ the Vic Theatre
11/4/10 Detroit , MI @ The Fillmore
11/6/10 Columbus , OH @ Newport Music Hall
11/8/10 Washington , D.C. @ 9:30 Club
11/10/10 New York City , NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
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