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Alanis Morissette tour announced - Jagged Little Pill and her lasting relevance

by Dana Andersen. Published Tue 07 Jan 2020 16:52, last updated: 10/01/20

The announcement of Alanis Morissette’s 2020 world tour to celebrate her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill, with Garbage and Liz Phail as guests, has excited fans across the world.

Only US and Canadian dates have been announced so far. With comments and support flooding social media, fans are hoping the tour will visit their country, but why are people so excited to celebrate an album that came out twenty five years ago?

We all know the 90s have made a major come back. Feminist Punk band L7 have said they owe their comeback to the internet and riot grrrl group Bikini Kill excited to have to add a second date (which also sold out) for their first visit to the UK in over twenty years.

Alanis Morissette, in my opinion, sits in a similar place as many outspoken female performers from pre 2000, in that she was heard but not listened to, and girls today are more than ready to listen.

Her lyrics have always been brutally honest, she holds little if anything back and isn’t afraid to be angry, upset, bitter or anything else from the list of things that don’t make a woman ‘attractive’.

Her audience connected with that from the start and it’s what gave her popularity in the first place. But unlike many pop artists from the same time period she maintains her popularity due to how unashamed and unabashed her songwriting was.

We all feel similar emotions in reaction to similar situations and there’s few things better than finding a song that relates to how you feel about something.

Whether you’re falling in or out of love, feeling like you’re not good enough or like you’re on top of the world, there will be an Alanis Morissette song that fits how you’re feeling.

She’s sits in your record collection, like a friend for all situations and over the decades her music has connected with so many people, because she allows us to see and hear her most base emotions, the ones that we all share.

Theres no bravado or rose tinted lens with Alanis, just honesty whether it be over something good or bad and I think the vast majority of people can appreciate that.

It’s important to also focus on the fact that Alanis has always very much been herself. We saw a million acts in the 90s with a perfectly curated look and personality, and we all love the Spice Girls or the Backstreet Boys. But musicians like Alanis, who have crafted their music as an extension of their personality, rather than the other way round weren’t the most mainstream.

Especially taking into account her unique vocal style and writes songs that have been known to make people uncomfortable. She's powerful because she’s honest, fierce, vulnerable and entirely unashamedly herself.

She chooses guests like Garbage to tour with, their front woman Shirley Manson being just as brutally honest and vulnerable in her music as well as being another female music icon from the 90s, not to mention how great it is seeing two such talented and outspoken female musicians supporting each other.

Alanis is fun, when she’s not being serious, loud when she’s not being quiet, she’s full of personality and steps out of any box that starts to be put around her.

She’s never tried to speak for anyone or any generation and that leaves her to be claimed by anyone who feels something because of her music, she’s ours without belonging to anyone but herself and if any album ever needed a whole tour to celebrate it, it’s Jagged Little Pill.

Tour dates announced so far:

Tue. Jun. 2 - Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Wed. Jun. 3 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
Fri. Jun. 5 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
Sun. Jun. 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Tue. Jun 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Wed. Jun. 10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri. Jun. 12 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Sat. Jun. 13 - Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
Sun. Jun. 14 - Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Wed. Jun. 17 - Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Thu. Jun. 18 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sat. Jun. 20 - Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Sun. Jun. 21 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Tue. Jun. 23 - Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Fri. Jun. 26 - Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sat. Jun. 27 - Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
Sun. Jun. 28 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
Wed. Jul. 1 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu. Jul. 2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Fri. Jul. 3 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Mon. Jul. 6 - Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Wed. Jul. 8 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Thu. Jul. 9 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
Sat. Jul. 11 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Thu. Jul. 16 - Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Fri. Jul. 17 - Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
Sat. Jul. 18 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO
Tue. Jul. 21 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu. Jul. 23 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Fri. Jul. 24 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Sat. Jul. 25 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena


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