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Lana Del Rey covered Joni Mitchell, planning covers LP, discussed Ann Powers

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Lana Del Rey at WaMu Theater in Seattle – 10/2/19 (photo via @__michelle__k)

Lana Del Rey began her Norman Fucking Rockwell tour at Jones Beach last month, and had a few surprises in store, including a Leonard Cohen cover on Leonard Cohen’s birthday with Leonard Cohen’s son Adam joining her, the first-ever performance of her Sean Ono Lennon duet “Tomorrow Never Came” with Sean on stage, and the live debut of “Bartender” from NFR. The tour headed West and continued in Vancouver on 9/30 and Seattle last night (10/2), and as Stereogum points out, she had more surprises in store at those shows. She covered Joni Mitchell‘s “For Free” (from Joni’s 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon) at both shows, and she made the live debut of “Cinnamon Girl” from NFR in Seattle. Watch videos of her playing both of those songs and see the setlists from both shows below.

Lana’s tour continues in Portland tonight (10/3), and then hits Sacramento, Berkeley, LA, and San Diego. And, very excitingly, Lana revealed on Instagram that she’ll be playing the Joni cover at the LA show with Weyes Blood, as well as Zella Day. See her full post (including a video of her soundchecking with the Joni cover in Seattle) below.

Lana was also interviewed by Molly Lambert for a new LA Times feature, and she revealed in that interview that she’s been sitting on the idea of a “concept covers album” called Pacific Blue with “like acoustic Beach Boys stuff, Elvis, Chris Isaak.” She adds, “People usually think your career is over when you record a covers album or a Christmas album. But my musician friends and I are always playing covers. We could probably do that album in a week.”

She also addressed the Ann Powers controversy:

Did you think about reaching out to Powers instead of clapping back on social media?

No. By the way, I didn’t know she was a big journalist. It probably would have been a good time to exercise some restraint. But I felt that she wasn’t taking me seriously. My album’s not good because I overcame things from my childhood. It’s good because the melodies are great, and because I have a natural-born ability to put words together.

Even so, why do you think her piece stuck with you the way it did?

There’s probably a reason that I’ll understand in time. I think part of my response was showing myself I do have a voice. All I wrote was, “I’m not uncooked and I don’t have a persona.”

You say you don’t have a persona, but you do have a stage name…

True. But I also don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Onstage, I wear the same shoes and dress that I go lunch in. It’s always just a dress off the rack. I’ve never had a costume maker. I do my own makeup. But everyone says I have a “persona.” Just because I wear short dresses doesn’t mean I can’t write my own narrative.

Lana also discussed Greta Thunberg, Don Henley, The Bachelor, and more in the interview. You can read the rest here.

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Lana Del Rey at WaMu Theater in Seattle – 10/2/19 Setlist (via)
Norman Fucking Rockwell
Bartender
For Free (Joni Mitchell cover)
Mariners Apartment Complex
Born to Die
Blue Jeans
Cherry (with Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel outro)
Cinnamon Girl (Live debut)
White Mustang
Pretty When You Cry
Change / Black Beauty / Young and Beautiful
Ride
Video Games
Summertime Sadness
Doin’ Time (Sublime cover)
Happiness Is a Butterfly (acapella; audience request)
Off to the Races
Venice Bitch

Lana Del Rey at Rogers Arena in Vancouver – 9/30/19 Setlist (via)
Norman Fucking Rockwell
Bartender
For Free (Joni Mitchell cover)
Mariners Apartment Complex
Born to Die
Blue Jeans
White Mustang
Cherry
Pretty When You Cry
Change / Black Beauty / Young and Beautiful
Ride
Video Games
Summertime Sadness
Doin’ Time (Sublime cover)
Off to the Races
Shades of Cool
Venice Bitch

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