Amanda Palmer keeps up "Theatre Is Evil" tour amid controversy
Despite Amanda Palmer's self-described "kerfuffle" regarding crowdsourcing musicians, the former Dresden Doll will continue working the road behind her brand new release, "Theatre Is Evil."
The New York City native, along with The Grand Theft Orchestra, next takes to the stage tonight (9/24) in San Diego before moving up the coast for another five dates. The first portion of the North American leg wraps up Oct. 3 in Minneapolis, after which the group heads across the pond for a two-week European trek. Palmer and crew return stateside for a Nov. 9 performance in Toronto, followed by a handful of shows scattered across the eastern U.S.
Ticketing information for the entire schedule, including international dates, are available now via the performer's website.
Palmer unleashed "Theatre Is Evil," her first release since last year's "Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under," earlier this month via her own label, 8 Ft. Records. The effort, which was funded via a Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $1.2 million, debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200.
Earlier this month, Palmer offered an open invitation to string, sax and brass players in all the cities on the tour to join the Grand Theft Orchestra for the show in exchange for "beer, hugs, merch, free tickets, and love," according to her website. The crowdsourcing caused quite a stir, with critics flooding her website with comments as simple as "pay your band."
On Wednesday (9/19), Palmer released a statement at her website explaining her take on the situation, as well as her decision to pay the volunteer musicians, including those who performed previously on the tour.
"I'm sad to realize that our creative intentions of crowdsourcing -- something that I've done for years, and which has always been an in-house collaboration between the musicians and the fans, never a matter of public debate or attack -- are getting lost in the noise of this controversy," Palmer stated. "Me and my band have discussed it at length. And we have decided we should pay all of our guest musicians. We have the power to do it, and we're going to do it."
24 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
25 - Hollywood, CA - Fonda Theatre
26 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
28 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
29 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
30 - Seattle, WA - Neptune
3 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
23 - London, United Kingdom - Koko
24 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Manchester Cathedral
25 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - QMU
27 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
28 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
29 - Prague, Czech Republic - Palac Akropolis
30 - Zurich, Switzerland - Abart
1 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
2 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
3 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
5 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
9 - Toronto, Ontario - The Phoenix Concert Theatre
10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
13 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall
15-17 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
31 - New York, NY - Terminal 5