In celebration of the 15th year anniversary of her groundbreaking album “Exile in Guyville,” which is being reissued June 24, Liz Phair will perform the entire album during special concerts in New York, San Francisco and Chicago this summer.
The June 25-26 shows at the Hiro Ballroom in New York sold out in minutes; no additional shows are expected for the Big Apple. However, the quick sellouts prompted Phair to add the shows in San Francisco on June 23 at the Fillmore and in Chicago on June 24 at The Vic Theatre. Tickets for the San Francisco show go on sale tomorrow, May 31, and on Sunday for the Chicago show.
“Exile in Guyville,” which was out of print, will be available on CD, vinyl and — for the first time — in digital format. The special reissue package will include three never-before-released songs from the original recording sessions: “Ant in Alaska” with Phair simply accompanying herself on guitar; “Say You” which features Phair and a full band, and an untitled instrumental with her on guitar. Phair has also just completed a new, 80-minute DVD, “Guyville Redux,” for the reissue.
Conceived as a song-by-song response to the Rolling Stones’s classic “Exile on Main Street,” “Exile in Guyville” was released in 1993, and ranked #1 that year on both the Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll and Spin magazine’s year-end critics poll. Incredibly influential to this day, its place as a seminal rock album has been reaffirmed by its inclusion in countless historical “best of” lists over the past 15 years, including: “Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” Spin’s “100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005,” Rolling Stone’s “Women in Rock (the 50 essential albums),” Blender’s “Best Indie Rock Albums of All Time,” Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Albums of the 1990’s,” and VH1’s “Greatest Albums Of All Time.”