Rufus Wainwright in Poughkeepsie Feb. 2010 (more by Eric Townsend)
Rufus Wainwright

NY TIMES: So the new album incorporates a bunch of recent projects.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT. It has my own album, songs, life, imagination; it has the Shakespeare sonnet project I worked on with Robert Wilson in Berlin; and it has an aria from my opera, which premiered in London a couple of weeks ago and is coming to Toronto. And people in New York, you can start holding your breath -- that's all I'm gonna say...

Rufus Wainwright's newest LP, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, came out April 20th. He'll be touring Europe in support of that through most of May into June. This summer he'll keep busy with various shows including a bunch in Canada, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Island on July 11th, and a Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Tuesday, July 20th. Tickets for the Brooklyn show go on Live Nation, Venue and WFUV Radio (password = SONGS) presale today at 10am. A non-Ticketmaster presale is happening now. General sale starts Saturday (5/8) at 10am. According to Rufus's website, "This special [Brooklyn] performance will include a selection of songs from the Judy Garland show performed with piano accompaniment." Whether that applies to all or part of the show seems unclear.

Speaking of ticketed shows in Prospect Park this summer, it was just announced that The Dead Weather are playing one too. Tickets for that go on sale Friday.

All Rufus tour dates and a video from his recent appearance on IFC show Dinner With the Band, below...

A message to everyone attending his shows on the tour:

The first part of the program will be performed as a song cycle with visuals by Douglas Gordon. During the first set, Rufus has asked that you please do not applaud until after he has left the stage. His exit is part of the piece. After a brief intermission, Rufus will return for the second part of the show during which you may applaud to your heart's content. Please also refrain from photography during the first set.

Rufus Wainwright - 2010 Tour Dates
MAY 05, 2010 - MADRID, SP Teatro Circo Price
MAY 06, 2010 - PORTO, POR Coliseu
MAY 07, 2010 - LISBON, POR Aula Magna
MAY 09, 2010 - BILBAO, SP Palacio Euskalduna
MAY 11, 2010 - BARCELONA, SP Grand Teatre del Liceu
MAY 12, 2010 - LYON, FR Le Transbordeur
MAY 13, 2010 - FIRENZE, IT Teatro Communale
MAY 15, 2010 - MILAN, IT Conservatorio
MAY 16, 2010 - ZURICH, SW Kaufleuten
MAY 17, 2010 - MUNICH, GER Muffathalle
MAY 19, 2010 - BERLIN, GER Volksbuhne
MAY 21, 2010 - LUND, SWE Lundakarnevalen
MAY 22, 2010 - OSLO, NORWAY Sentrum Scene
MAY 24, 2010 - TALLINN, EST Nokia Concert Hall
MAY 25, 2010 - HELSINKI, FIN House of Culture
MAY 27, 2010 - STOLKHOLM, SWE Filadelfiakyrkan
MAY 29, 2010 - WARSAW, POL Palladium
MAY 30, 2010 - COPENHAGEN, DK Radio Concert Hall
MAY 31, 2010 - HAMBURG, GER Kampnagel
JUN 02, 2010 - COLOGNE, GER Theater am Tanzbrunnen
JUN 03, 2010 - AMSTERDAM, HOL Carre
JUN 04, 2010 - AMSTERDAM, HOL Carre
JUN 05, 2010 - ATHENS, GR Lycabettus
JUN 15, 2010 - TORONTO, ON Elgin Theatre
JUN 17, 2010 - TORONTO, ON Elgin Theatre
JUN 18, 2010 - BUFFALO, NY Albright-Knox Art Gallery
JUN 20, 2010 - SAINTE-FOY, PQ Salle Albert-Rousseau
JUN 21, 2010 - MONTREAL, PQ Theatre St-Denis
JUL 03, 2010 - HAMPSTEAD HEATH, LONDON Kenwood House
JUL 04, 2010 - BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX Brighton Centre
JUL 11, 2010 - WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
JUL 20, 2010 - BROOKLYN, NY Prospect Park Bandshell
AUG 04, 2010 - PHILADELPHIA, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts
AUG 23, 2010 - SARATOGA, CA The Mountain Winery
NOV 22, 2010 - LONDON, UK Royal Albert Hall

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