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- Posted on Feb 13th 2010 12:00PM by Ashley Iasimone
As Wainwright closed his solo concert at the historic Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. that night, he announced that he'd decided -- just then, on stage -- that it was time for him to put the song to rest -- "ever since Justin Timberlake sang it," Wainwright added half-jokingly. Wainwright was, of course, referring to Timberlake and Matt Morris' recent performance on the 'Hope for Haiti Now' telethon.
Wainwright suggested that everyone in attendance should enjoy 'Hallelujah' while they could that evening, since he has no plans to play it again for quite a while after the weekend's one-off shows in Poughkeepsie, Northampton, Mass. and Atlantic City, N.J. -- even though he's set to tour soon. Incidentally, Wainwright forgot the lyrics to a verse of the song during the performance, so perhaps it is a fitting time for him to let it go.
The night felt like as much of a tribute to his late mother, Kate McGarrigle, as it seemed to be a rehearsal for the upcoming tour. In addition to playing over a dozen tunes from previous releases, Wainwright spoke warmly of McGarrigle and performed 'Zebulon' -- which he sang at her memorial -- as well as a series of four new songs. According to his set list, the segment of new music included the titles 'Give Me What I Want,' 'True Loves,' 'For Shame' and 'Rose.' Wainwright said that on his upcoming tour, he will be retiring his guitar and focusing only on piano.
The set, performed without a backing band, ended with a song from his forthcoming opera, 'Prima Donna.' The opera is scheduled to open in London on April 12, and Wainwright will embark on a tour in the U.K. and Ireland that same month in support of his to-be-released album, 'All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.'
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