KT Tunstall wants "a fairly Dylan-esque experience" when she starts touring to support her sophomore Virgin album, "Drastic Fantastic." "I just want to get on a tour bus and not come back, basically,"
KT Tunstall wants "a fairly Dylan-esque experience" when she starts touring to support her sophomore Virgin album, "Drastic Fantastic." "I just want to get on a tour bus and not come back, basically," she tells Billboard.com.
She'll likely get her wish. After a one-off on Sept. 17 in New York the night before the new album's release, Tunstall hits the road Oct. 16 in Glasgow, with plans to hit North America in November and December. Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South America, continental Europe and probably more U.K. and North American dates are on tap for 2008.
"The big difference with this album compared to the first one is it's a global release," Tunstall explains, "so I've got to try and fit an awful lot in. I'd hate to think I'm neglecting really supportive fan bases in different parts of the world, so it's going to require a lot of careful planning."
Tunstall has added two female backup singers to her touring band, "a big decision" she made in order to better replicate the "Drastic Fantastic" songs. "It's strange when there's more girls when you've been the only girl," Tunstall notes, "and it's all gone great. We're all getting along great, and it's a bigger family on stage."
Tunstall's stage will feature graphics by Robin Footitt, the artist who worked on "Drastic Fantastic." She's eschewing video images to instead use "clever static imagery on a kind of layered backdrop ... My lighting engineer and designer is pretty out there, so I'm looking forward to it myself, 'cause I don't know quite what it's gonna look like yet."
Tunstall is also hoping the tour will yield another project like 2006's "KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza" CD/DVD combo.
"I'd like to keep it a tradition," she says. "It's something I hugely enjoyed doing. It's easily possible to do, and I think it's a very healthy thing for us to do as a group of musicians, just to get completely down to the roots of it without all the fancy hoo-ha and really just do something for ourselves. It's very, very satisfying just to record yourselves playing totally, totally live like that. It's a real kind of release."