The Controversial Songstress Returns After a Long Hiatus … And Austin, Texas Will Never Be The Same Again!
Fiona Apple made her return to the stage Wednesday night in a rare live appearance at this year’s SXSW conference and festival, and even though the controversial singer hasn’t performed live in five years, the music world has been put on notice. She’s back, and she’s better than ever!
“She took the stage, and simply owned it,” noted Hustle co-creator Mitchell K. Stuart of The Looking4Larry Agency (our parent company), “there was a strong buzz and anticipation going into the show, especially since she’s coming out with new music this June, but no one could have been prepared for just how powerful she was!”
Fiona, who is now 34 years old, unveiled three new tunes, “Anything We Want” … “Valentine” … and “Every Single Night.” Her upcoming tour, which includes 2 nights at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, followed by Washington DC, Brooklyn, Atlantic City, The Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and The Royale in Boston is completely sold out. Not a single ticket available.
The day after the stunning performance, Laura Ferreiro of Variety wrote a review, stating One of the most highly anticipated events of the first full day of Austin’s SXSW Music Festival was Fiona Apple’s return to the stage to preview her forthcoming album — her first since 2005’s critically acclaimed “Extraordinary Machine.” The new album is slated for a June release on Epic Records, and its title is a whopping 23 words long: “The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do” (unusual capitalization intended). Judging from her performance tonight, she still has plenty to say.
The complete set list for Fiona Apple’s memorable concert at SXSW:
1 “Fast As You Can”
2 “On The Bound”
3 “Paper Bag”
5 “Anything We Want”
7 “Sleep to Dream”
8 “Extraordinary Machine”
9 “Every Single Night”
The concert, which took place at the NPR Showcase at Stubb’s BBQ, was of course packed. “Fiona is a singular artist. She has always impressed me as someone who creates her music and art without worrying about where she will fit in as an artist,” said Stuart. “With this live show, it’s obvious she’s fit in just fine.
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