The first time I met Amanda Palmer, I was the official photographer for the SLAM Rally and I couldn't believe that a popular international touring artist was getting involved in our little local issue. There she was in the street, holding the banner, cheering us all on. On an amazing day when 20,000 Melbourne music loving fans got together to save live Australian music. She is truly a wonderful human being to take time out of her tour to get be a part of this special day.
Since then I have photographed all of her tours in Melbourne, including The Dresden Dolls reformation and many smaller shows. I love that fact that she really connects with her fans via social media, crownfunding and that she loved Melbourne Rock Central so much.
Tonight was like the full circle was complete. With Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jherek Bischoff, she formed a new band called The Grand Theft Orchestra. They went into Bakehouse Studio to whip up some new tunes. Then over to Sing Sing Recording Studios to record her latest opus, "Theatre Is Evil". Developed, created and recorded in Melbourne, these songs were finally played live in front of her ecstatic fans at the iconic Forum Theatre at her SOLD OUT show. She announced on the night that she will be performing at a Sydney festival but in February next year with her husband, notable author Neil Gaiman, they will be taking some time to live in Melbourne.
The night before was a special treat when Jherek Bischoff headlined his own concert performing songs from his latest album 'Composed' with a string quartet. What made it extra special was that suddenly we had Missy Higgins and Amanda Palmer joining Jherek on stage. My photographs and a news story about this concert are being hosted on the popular aussie music website, Music Feeds:
Tonight's show was amazing! It was the cream on top of the cherry of the musical cake of life. Over two and half hours the amazing Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra performed at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne. The very muscular Thor Harris replaced Michael McQuilken on drums in the GTO. The endless list of special guest include Kate Miller-Heidke, Missy Higgins, Meow Meow, Die Roten Punkte, Brendan Maclean and Sabrina D'Angelo. Kate performed "Are You F*cking Kidding Me?" AKA The Facebook Song. Missy performed a new unfinished song that she just wrote called "I Can't Find You". What an extra special treat and an extra special night!
Here is the press release information about this tour.
The Frontier Touring Company is thrilled to be bringing the talented, passionate and provocative performer Amanda Palmer and her Grand Theft Orchestra Down Under for a set of shows that are set to tear the house down.
A pioneer of the punk cabaret genre as both a solo artist and one half of The Dresden Dolls, Palmer has introduced the world to a brand of music that’s ‘all whistles and no whimper’ (The Brag).
Palmer’s latest offering Theatre Is Evil (out now through 8ft. Records/Inertia), is her first new studio album in four years and debuted at #10 in the Billboard 200 charts. Working with a full band for the first time: The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jeherek Bischoff, the album was recorded in Melbourne and takes listeners on a journey into Palmer’s magnificent mind and perfectly honed songwriting craft.
The story of Palmer’s campaign to raise funds for the album’s creation will go down in modern musical history with $1.2 million donated by almost 25,000 generous backers via Kickstarter.
These dedicated fans and backers were far from disappointed with the end result, Theatre Is Evil is a rollercoaster of emotions, laughs and phenomenal storytelling all rolled into fifteen songs:
-5/5 Time Out
“Brilliant… If this doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will.”
- 4.5/5 The Australian
Tracks from Theatre Is Evil will be intertwined with some of Palmer’s much adored classics from previous albums like ‘In My Mind’ and ‘Map of Tasmania’ when she takes the stage for headline performances across Australia and New Zealand next year.
Be quick to grab your tickets for a run of performances that are set to be equal parts burlesque show, punk rock concert and one of the best nights of your life.
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