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Melissa Etheridge digs in for different kind of solo show
She's not playing with the orchestras, but Melissa Etheridge says that playing in symphonic settings -- such as Detroit's Orchestra Hall on Monday, Oct. 12 -- is always special.
"An audience will come into a place like that and be more quiet and sit down," Etheridge, 54, says by phone from a Columbus, Ohio, stop on her current solo tour. "Usually they don't allow alcohol inside those places, so it becomes much more of a sober show. I take that into consideration. I always love to do the hits, but when I've got a quiet audience like that I can pull out some surprises and some old catalog stuff, like 'The Late September Dogs' from my first album which I haven't done in 10 years.
"So that makes those kind of places a lot of fun."
Etheridge has a good show to bring to those venues, too. She may be performing alone, but she's also using looping machines, sequencers and other technology to allow herself to create more intricate musical settings, which she says is an enjoyable challenge.
"It makes every night fun for me, 'cause I can do anything I want," Etheridge says. "I get to go into my catalog and rework songs. It gives me all kinds of freedom. And it's always fun to check out an audience and see where they're at and then play to it. I'm having a great time with it."
Etheridge is currently working on a new album, a follow-up to last year's "This Is M.E.," which she'll start working on early next year promises will be "something that's really different, but everyone's gonna go, 'Oh yeah, that's perfect!'" Etheridge isn't offering details on that yet, but she's confident that the fans who have followed her through numerous changes during her career will support this one, too.
"I look at the past as, like, chunks, little chapters," the two-time Grammy Award-winning mother of four explains. "It's like, 'Oh, that was that chapter, then there was this chapter, then that chapter, now I'm in this chapter...' When I look back time-wise, OK, it took 28 years to do that, but it's been an amazing journey.
"And it's 28 years of knowing my fans, and I know that they want me to do things that make me happy. So I'm excited to do that and then share it with them."
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Tickets are $30-$100
Call 313-576-5111 or visit dso.org.
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