Daniel Lanois and Tortoise Form An Unlikely Touring Team

Published: 2005-10-07
Rock and roll can sometimes create strange bedfellows. Elton John and Eminem. Morrissey and Nancy Sinatra. Hall and Oates. And now, add to that illustrious list the names Daniel Lanois and Tortoise. Yes, the venerable Canadian expat singer/songwriter/producer extraordinaire will be teaming up with Chicago's finest purveyors of angular post-rock artiness for a North American tour this month.

The two will be touring together as co-headliners but also as collaborators, with Tortoise doubling as Lanois' backing band to create, as the tour's press release modestly puts it, "a one-of-a-kind night of musical alchemy."

Lanois will be promoting his latest album, Belladonna, a record of instrumentals which CMJ Magazine called "an aural buzz of pedal steel guitar, dusty drum kits and layers upon layers of mood, mood, mood that reveal themselves after repeat listens" and which other people called "not very good." Tortoise, meanwhile have no new album to promote on the tour, but are gearing up for the November release of their anticipated collaboration with Will Oldham, a.k.a Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

There will be but one Canadian stop on this trip, and it is:

October 17, Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

Writer: Neil McDonald



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