Bacharach To Test New Material In Buffalo
Friday (Oct. 28) and Saturday night's concerts in Buffalo, N.Y., with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will give Burt Bacharach his first stateside feedback on his deeply personal new album, "At ThiFriday (Oct. 28) and Saturday night's concerts in Buffalo, N.Y., with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will give Burt Bacharach his first stateside feedback on his deeply personal new album, "At This Time." As previously reported, the set is due Nov. 1 via Columbia.
"At This Time" features Bacharach's first lyric writing (in collaboration with Tonio K.) and takes a decidedly political turn for the composer, whose classic songs with Hal David generally focused on romance.
The set includes such songs as "Where Did It Go" (which compares Bacharach's relatively safe youth with the more fearful environment facing his own kids today) and "Who Are These People?" (a biting commentary on politicians with Elvis Costello).
"I'll try to break in a couple things from the album in Buffalo, maybe 'Where Did It Go?' and 'Who Are These People?,'" Bacharach tells Billboard.com. "We'll see if they throw anything at me!"
But looking ahead to his Nov. 10-13 stint at the Orleans in Las Vegas, he adds, "I don't know if I'll do them there. I'll let my music talk for me."
Bacharach is clearly aware of Linda Ronstadt's expulsion from the Aladdin last year after she praised Michael Moore and his controversial film "Fahrenheit 9-11" from the stage. "We'll see how it goes in Buffalo," he says. "Maybe I'll lose some of my hardcore fans, but maybe I'll gain some more. But it's not about gaining or losing fans, but being honest with yourself."