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- Posted on Oct 8th 2007 2:45PM by Jessica Robertson
"It was very surreal," she tells Spinner of the gig with the late music icon. "It was at a really small venue in Hackney in London, and probably 3,000 capacity. I went up there with an acoustic guitar and I just thought, 'What am I going to do?' It was the first record and all the songs were completely morose -- I thought everyone wanted to kill themselves. I just went on stage, started clapping my hands and singing Etta James' 'Damn Your Eyes.' And the audience began clapping along. I was a statue of fear because I thought, 'When I get to the end of this song, I don't know what to do.' But I got through it and it was great."
A road-tested solo Round will add another name to her impressive list when she launches a 16-date tour with Annie Lennox, beginning tonight in San Diego. "It's just me and my guitar," Round says of the jaunt. "Luckily for me, I traveled the U.K. with just my guitar for five years. I knew that would come in handy one day. I'm really excited. I just keep thinking back to waking up in my mother's house and looking at the Eurythmics album. I just thought, 'Wow, that woman is incredible' -- with this bright red hair and this black mask that she had. Now I'm going on tour with her. I'm being blessed."
Meanwhile, Round has already begun writing the follow-up to her latest album, 'Slow Motion Addict.' She describes the material, only five songs in, as "Kate Bush on acid." "It's taken a Carina Round's bedroom-type direction -- which is quite the odd one," Round says. "I kind of hole myself up with my acoustic guitar and say, 'That needs a rhythm line, and I'm going to stomp my feet and clap my hands, and go, 'oooo' -- vocals everywhere. I can spend a whole day tracking vocals on a demo. I'm obsessed."
Carina Round tour dates with Annie Lennox:
10/08: San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre
10/10: San Francisco, CA, Nob Hill Masonic Center
10/11: Beverly Hills, CA, Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills
10/14: Dallas, TX, McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
10/16: Boulder, CO, Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
10/18: Minneapolis, MN, The State Theatre
10/19: Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
10/22: Detroit, MI, Music Hall Ctr. For The Perf. Arts
10/23: Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
10/25: Washington, DC, Lisner Auditorium
10/28: Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/29: Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/31: Miami, FL, Carnival Center For The Perf. Arts
11/03: New York, NY, United Palace
11/10: Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theatre
11/11: Boston, MA, Symphony Hall
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