Rufus Wainwright Announces Tour Behind 20th Anniversary of Debut Album: Exclusive

Greg Gorman
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter sensation, has been in the business for two decades. His self-titled debut album was released in 1998, and ever since, he's been a mainstay in the genre, earning the respect of various legends in the industry. Even Sir Elton John once referred to the "Dinner at Eight" singer as "the greatest songwriter on the planet."

Now, 20 years after his debut, Wainwright has announced a new tour commemorating the success of his debut and sophomore albums, Rufus Wainwright and Poses. The Rufus Wainwright All These Poses Anniversary Tour will feature the singer backed up by a full band — something audiences haven’t seen Wainwright do in years.

“A lot of the questions I was asking 20 years ago still haunt me today, though I may seem much more confident and experienced,” the singer said in an exclusive statement to Billboard. “Listening to this old material I'm reminded of how curious and affected I was by the mysteries of life back then. Funny how one totally changes and totally doesn't at the same time.”

Wainwright is currently performing in Northern Stars, a live concert series in which the singer covers legendary Canadian artists like Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. The artist will then premiere his second opera, Hadrian, in Toronto this October, followed by his new tour starting in November.

“[I’m] looking forward to singing the longing melodies of a boy with the voice of a grown man,” Wainwright said.

Head here for tickets. Check out the videos for two of Wainwright’s songs from Rufus Wainwright and Poses, “April Fools” and “Chocolate Milk & Cigarettes” below.