In one of the more intriguing pairings in recent memory, Chicago instrumental rock act Tortoise and famed Canadian producer/artist Daniel Lanois are teaming for a 13-city fall tour of North America. Tortoise will play its own set each night, then back Lanois for his performance. The tour will begin Oct. 6 in Boston.
Tortoise will be helping Lanois bring to life the material on his brand new instrumental Anti- album, “Belladonna.” As previously reported, the artist is playing select dates this summer, and will also make Sept. 30-Oct. 1 appearances at the Wall to Wall guitar festival at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
As for Tortoise, the group is at work on a covers album with fellow indie rock icon Will Oldham, its first to feature extensive use of vocals. The set is due in November. Tortoise also has a handful of live dates on tap through July 24 in Edmonton, Alberta.
Here are Tortoise/Daniel Lanois’ tour dates:
Oct. 6: Boston (Sommerville Theatre)
Oct. 7: New York (Irving Plaza)
Oct. 8: Philadelphia (TLA)
Oct. 10: Chicago (venue TBA)
Oct. 11: Madison, Wis. (Barrymore Theatre)
Oct. 12: Minneapolis (Fine Line)
Oct. 14: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 15: Salt Lake City (Suede)
Oct. 17: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Oct. 18: Seattle (Neumo’s)
Oct. 19: Portland, Ore. (Alladin Theatre)
Oct. 20-21: San Francisco (the Independent)
Oct. 22: Los Angeles (Avalon)