Today, Cat Power – the singer/songwriter/producer Chan Marshall – announces details of a very special London show. On November 5th, Marshall will play the iconic Royal Albert Hall with a set recreating Bob Dylan’s legendary 1966 show at the same venue in full.
Dylan’s 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert was the culmination of one of the most consequential tours in the history of rock & roll—when he electrified his songs, and by doing so enraged his devoted audience. Recorded and released at first as a bootleg LP, the event actually occurred at Manchester Free Trade Hall, but was mistakenly attributed to Royal Albert Hall.
Cat Power will bring those songs to Royal Albert Hall on November 5th, performing them in the same order as Dylan himself: the first half of the show being an acoustic set before been joined by her electric band for the second half.
Cat Power is well known for her ability to “burrow right into the marrow of a song” (Mojo), and this November gig will be a showcase of that skill as she honours one of her biggest heroes.
Marshall says of the event: “When I finally got the opportunity to play The RAH, it was a no brainer. I just wanted to sing Dylan songs. And as much as any, this collection of his songs, to me, belong there.”
Marshall has previously covered Dylan several times on record, such as in 2007 for Todd Haynes’s film I’m Not There. Listen to her rendition of “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again” here.
The gig will follow Cat Power’s recent acclaimed album Covers. Produced entirely by Marshall, the music was highlighted everywhere from The New Yorker (“in reinterpreting classics, she has furthered her stature as one”), to NYLON (“hits like a freight train”), Pitchfork, Vulture, FADER, Rolling Stone and more. Covers completes a trilogy of sorts, following beloved past collections Jukebox (2008) and The Covers Record (2000), and showcases Marshall’s extraordinary chronicling of the ever-evolving great American songbook — featuring her own personal rendition of Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion,” Dead Man’s Bones’ “Pa Pa Power,” plus an updated rendition of the Cat Power song “Hate” from The Greatest (2006), retitled “Unhate” for the album. Marshall also recently shared her cover of The Rolling Stones’ “You Got The Silver”.
While she frequently delights and surprises with the songs she chooes to cover, it’s Marshall’s total commitment to the performance – imbuing the songs with a creative singularity that rivals her original work – that make Cat Power covers so special. Says Pitchfork, Marshall can “rearrange a song simply by squinting at it.”
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