Damien Rice Announces Tour for this Fall
Irish folk singer Damien Rice is releasing a new album in November, his first in eight years, and in the run up to the release American fans will have a chance to hear Rice perform the new material (and probably some of his older stuff) live in October. Rice will be kicking off his world tour in support of the album right here in the US of A. The first show will be at Sherith Israel in San Francisco on October 7, followed by a performance in Los Angeles. After that, Rice will take the stage at Chicago’s Athenaeum on October 13 and then head on to the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. He’ll be in New York City for three straight shows, first at the Box on October 16, then Warsaw in Brooklyn on October 17 and finishing up again at the Box on October 18. From there, Rice will fly back to Europe to play a series of shows from Milan to Paris, finishing up the tour on November 7 at the Palladium in London.
A multi-instrumentalist, Damien Rice’s first brush with musical fame was as the drummer for ’90s Irish pop rock group Juniper, which although made the charts with a couple singles never put out a full album. After leaving the group (which would eventually become the indie alt-rock act Bell X1), Rice worked as a farmer and street musician. He released his solo debut, O, in 2002, featuring on-again-off-again songwriter girlfriend Lisa Hannigan, followed by his sophomore release 2006’s 9. Both albums were smash hits in Ireland and the UK and made respectable chart appearances stateside.