RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Announces European “Unfollow the Rules Tour”
The London Times’ 4 star review of his London Palladium
show comments “when he unleashes that velvety truffle of a
voice…you want it to go on and on.”
Photo by Carsten Windhorst
On the heals of a successful UK band tour, Rufus Wainwright announces a European tour
that brings him and his band to Scandinavia, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France and
Spain from March 16th through April 3 rd 2022.
The tour is in support of his 2020 BMG released Grammy-nominted pop album UNFOLLOW THE RULES . Since then Rufus has released another album with BMG and a second is slated to be released later this year. “Unfollow the Rules – Paramour Session” released in September 2021 is a live recording of a stripped down version of Unfollow the Rules plus some new tracks recorded and filmed in Los Angeles prior to the studio album’s release and “Rufus Wainwright and Amsterdam Sinfonietta” is a live recording of a 2017 tour with the famed Amsterdam based 21 piece string orchestra featuring covers of Jacques Brel, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen plus Wainwright classics and previously unreleased songs in lush new arrangements.
Known for his incredibly engaging live performances, Rufus returns to Europe with a brand
new band for the tour: LA musician Brian Green (John Legend, Michael Bublé,
Pomplamoose) as music director, guitar and backing vocals; Jacob Mann on keyboard, piano and backing vocals; and Alan Hampton on bass, guitar, ukulele and backing vocals.
Playing a set list of classics and new cuts from his highly anticipated new album, the dates
are sure to be one of the highlights of the year.
Speaking of the tour Rufus said ‘I am excited to tour Europe with Unfollow the Rules. I have
always felt very much at home artistically there and my husband and I actually have a home
in Berlin so I get to spend some time there and even play his home town. A lot of my musical
references have European roots. I consider Unfollow the Rules my first fully mature album; it
is like a bookend to the beginning of my career.” He continues ‘For me with every concert that
is happening, mine or others we are returning a bit more towards our normal lives.
Experiencing music together gives me hope and confidence that we will rise above the
isolating and heartbreaking experience of the past two years collectively’.
Rufus Wainwright plays the following in Europe this coming March and April:
Wednesday, March 16, 2021 – Filadelfia – Stockholm, Sweden
Friday, March 18, 2021 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, Norway
Saturday, March 19, 2021 – Konservatoriets koncertsal – Copenhagen, Denmark
Monday, March 21, 2021 – Musikhuset Aarhus – Aarhus, Denmark
Tuesday, March 22, 2021 – Kampnagel – Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, March 24, 2021 – De Roma – Antwerp, Belgium
Friday, March 25, 2021 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Saturday, March 26, 2021 – Concertgebouw De Vereeniging – Nijmegen, Netherlands
Monday, March 28, 2021 – Admiralspalast – Berlin, Germany
Wednesday, March 30, 2021 – Le Grand Rex – Paris, France
Friday, April 1, 2021 – Guitar Bcn at Palau de la Musica – Barcelona, Spain
Sunday, April 3, 2021 – Auditorio Kursaal – San Sebastian, Spain