Lana Del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence has been accused of being gloomy, doomy and outright dark. Now she’s out to prove her critics right by announcing a pair of concerts at a cemetery.
The American artist will play two special shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 17 and 18 in support of her latest Polydor/Interscope album.
Del Rey’s choice of venue will surely raise eyebrows, though she’s certainly done her homework. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for some of the entertainment industry’s finest and most famous, including rockers Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone, actors Mel Blanc and Rudolph Valentino, and the movie director Tony Scott.
The announcement comes soon after Del Rey canceled her entire slate of European performance and promotional commitments this month due to “medical reasons”. According to her official Website, Del Rey should be good to go from early next month beginning with a date Oct. 4 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Ultraviolence opened at No. 1 in 15 countries, including the U.K. and U.S. (where it registered 182,000 first week sales), and it has since sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, according to her publicists.
June's Ultraviolence release follows Del Rey's major-label debut album, Born to Die, which Polydor/Interscope Records released in January 2012. It debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 77,000 sold in its first week (ending Feb. 5, 2012). Del Rey has also charted two EPs: a self-titled effort that hit No. 20 and "Paradise," which reached No. 10. Ultraviolence has some way to go before it outpaces Born To Die, which is platinum certified by the RIAA and has sold more than 3 million copies globally.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery has a surprisingly busy schedule of events, from sunrise concerts, movie screenings and literary readings. Speaking to LA Mag earlier this year, Jay Boileau, executive VP and director of the cultural events programming at Hollywood Forever said, “The number one rule is no death metal here.”