Courtney Love and Lana Del Rey: a match made in heaven?
The '90s grunge queen and somber alt-pop sensation will hit the road together beginning in May as part of Del Rey's “Endless Summer Tour,” the singers announced Monday. Love will appear during the first half of the North American run, which kicks off May 7 in The Woodlands, Texas. Love previously teased a collaboration between the two on Twitter, stating: “See you in London in ten hours @LanaDelRey we are going to own that town xxc #excitingnews2come.”
It's an interesting collaboration, not least because Del Rey raised the ire of Frances Bean Cobain – Love's daughter with late grunge superstar Kurt Cobain – over comments she made in a recent Guardian interview that seemed to glorify early death. The rock progeny responded by tweeting (among other things): “@Lana Del Rey the death of young musicians isn”t something to romanticize…I”ll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it”s “cool”…Well, it”s fu**king not. Embrace life because u only get one life. The ppl u mentioned wasted their life. Don”t be 1 of those ppl.”
Del Rey subsequently backpedaled on the comments, suggesting the Guardian reporter (who later posted audio from the interview on SoundCloud) baited her into making the statements by asking leading questions. Still, one can't help but wonder if teaming with Love is in part a way of making amends for the controversy (though there's zero evidence that Love herself took umbrage at the Guardian interview).
Speaking of Love, the singer has been on something of a comeback trail as of late, both musically and in Hollywood. In addition to a four-episode arc on FX's “Sons of Anarchy,” she's set to recur on the forthcoming FOX drama “Empire” opposite Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe. Further, she recently released the double A-side single “You Know My Name”/”Wedding Day,” both said to be tracks from her prospective second solo album “Died Blonde.”
You can check out a list of “Endless Summer” tour dates (and Del Rey's cover of Nirvana's “Heart-Shaped Box”) below.
What do you think of Del Rey and Love's upcoming tour? Will you be buying tickets? Let us know in the comments.
“Endless Summer” tour dates:
05-07-15 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
05-09 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion *
05-12 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
05-14 Phoenix, AZ – AkChin Pavilion *
05-16 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater *
05-18 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl *
05-20 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre *
05-22 Ridgefield, WA – Sleep Country Amphitheater *
05-28 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
05-30 Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
05-31 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
06-03 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
06-04 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
06-11 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
06-13 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
06-14 Atlanta, GA – Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
06-16 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater
* with Courtney Love