Dead Can Dance regroups for new album, tour
Ambient world-music duo Dead Can Dance are back with a 2012 world tour and their first new album since 1996's "Spiritchaser."
The tour starts rolling in North America Aug. 9 at the Orpheum in Vancouver, British Columbia and covers fifteen cities in all, including two nights at the Beacon Theater in New York City (Aug. 29-30), before winding down with a Sep. 7 taping of Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater in the Texas capital.
The European leg of the tour picks up Sept. 19 in Istanbul, Turkey and features an Oct. 26 performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London before wrapping in Dublin, Ireland two days later. These will be the first live shows since Dead Can Dance's sold-out tour in 2005.
"Myself and Lisa are genuinely excited to be working together again in the studio," said Brendan Perry, who together with Lisa Gerrard comprise the eclectic duo that originated in Australia in 1981, in a press release. "Writing began for the new album in the autumn of 2011 and the final recording sessions will take place at Quivvy Studios in Ireland in the early part of this year. It will be a spring album to coincide with both nature's reawakening and the group's subsequent rebirth."
About the impending tour, Perry said, "…we have assembled a fine group of performers for the live concerts who have kindly put their own careers on hold in order to perform the music from our new album as well as some new arrangements from the archives."
Dead Can Dance have a unique sound that draws on neo-classical and ancient traditions, weaving together influences from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and beyond, while still managing to appeal to alternative rock audiences. Their 1996 release, "Spiritchaser," reached No. 1 on Billboard Magazine's Top World Music Albums chart.
9 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Orpheum
10 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheater
12 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater
14 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
19 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyle Buell Theater
21 - Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium Park
23 - Toronto, Ontario - Sony Center for the Performing Arts
24 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
26 - Philadelphia, PA - Verizon Hall
27 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center (Wolf Trap)
29,30 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
4 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
5 Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
7 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits, Moody Theater
19 Istanbul, Turkey - HCTAT
21 Thessaloniki, Greece - Earth Theatre
23 Athens, Greece - Lycabetus Theatre
25 Utrecht, Holland - MCV
27 Paris, France - Grand Rex
29 Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal
1 - Frankfurt, Germany - Alte Oper
3 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
5 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH
7 - Munich, Germany - Philharmonie
8 - Cologne, Germany - Philharmonie
10 - Prague, Czech Republic - KCP
12 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Bkz Oktyabrsky
13 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus City Hall
15 - Warsaw, Poland - Sala Kongresowa
17 - Budapest, Hungary - Papp Laszlo Arena
19 - Milan, Italy - Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
20 - Geneva, Switzerland - Batiment Des Forces Motrices
22 - Barcelona, Spain - Auditori
24 - Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
26 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
28 - Dublin, Ireland - Grand Canal Theatre