The American singer/songwriter, Fiona Apple, has extended her North American tour this summer in support of her latest album “The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.”
The summer tour kicked off on June 19, the same day of her album release, in her home state of New York at the State Theater in Ithaca. She will make her way along the East Coast and wrap it up in Pittsburgh, PA on October 21. Some notable venues include the Chicago Theater in IL, Chicago; the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA; and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The 49-citiy theater and auditorium excursion will also make three stops in Canada. At first her tour only consisted of 27 dates, but she added 21 additional stops to her comeback tour.
Tickets for the additional stops went on sale June 22 while tickets to earlier performances were released on April 13. Fiona had a successful Spring tour with two sold out shows in Chicago and another sold out show in New York at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. A handful of songs from “The Idler Wheel…” were performed on her Spring tour. The first single, “Every Single Night” was released on April 23. Two other singles, “Anything We Want” and “Valentine” were debuted in March. Apple was welcomed back enthusiastically by loud screams during her Spring tour and she could hardly rest between songs, according to WMagazine.com.
Apple recently performed at the Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island in New York. The New York Times stated “Sunday’s most riveting performance belonged to Ms. Apple and her songs about romantic strife and self-torment.” The article goes on to describe the high energy performance Apple gave fans by dancing to the music.
“The Idler Wheel…” is Apple’s fourth album and her first studio set since 2005’s “Extraordinary Machine,” and was released on June 19, 2012 via Clean Slate/Epic Records. Apple told NPR’s Guy Raz, “The only reason that it takes me seven years to do stuff is because I just don’t really have a plan. I got a lot of problems, but I’m really good at intuiting what I need to do to be happy with whatever I create. I know when to stop myself, I know when to start, I know when to leave something alone. I guess I just kind of indulge that completely, and so I just take my time.”
The album was recorded around four years ago and then stayed at Epic records until changes were made. The album’s long title is not unusual for her, given her 1999 release, “When The Pawn…,” which was a 90 word poem. Apple talked about the long title of her newest album with NPR, “These two lines represent two places where I am in my life right now — where I’ve gotten past the place of being somebody who [thinks], ‘I’m just going to hit this thing until it’s right. And turned into this person who feels a lot more powerful and a lot wiser.'”
Apple came onto the scene at the age of 19 in 1996, with the triple platinum album “Tidal,” and in 1998 her single, “Criminal” earned a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
For the full list of tour dates visit: www.fiona-apple.com.