America’s feminist-bothering poster girl Lana Del Rey recently hit #1 on the Aussie album charts with her latest album, Ultraviolence, and now the singer has indicated that gifting Australian fans with a tour is near the top of her list of priorities.
In a recent interview with Triple J, Del Rey says she hopes to tour Australia “about at the end of this year,” she told Richard Kingsmill during his Sunday night program, 2014, when asked about plans to promoter her latest album Down Under.
Though a headline series of shows is possible, a late 2014 appearance puts the ‘West Coast’ hit-maker to to the top of the rumour mill for Australia’s summer music festival season, making her a likely contender for the lineups of Falls Festival, Southbound, or possibly even the newly announced camping NYE festival, Beyond The Valley – set to launch at Phillip Island this year.
The singer was last in the country for Splendour In The Grass 2012, headlining Adelaide’s accompanying Spin Off festival and playing a series of headline dates around the country – making up for cancelling her debut visit earlier that year.
Del Rey’s potential summertime visit will mark her first since releasing Ultraviolence, the follow-up to 2012’s Born To Die that very nearly didn’t happen, until she found a creative muse in producer and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach.
“A lot of people didn’t like the first record. And I thought: ‘I’m not really sure how much of that road I wanna go down, investing so much passion and love in another record’. But at the end of the day, it had been talked about so much that two years later I actually felt more free to just write whatever I wanted,” the singer explained to Kingsmill in her Triple J chat.
“The thing about Dan was that he was interested in me, and he was interested in the record, and he made me feel interesting again. Sometimes it’s down to you, and sometimes it’s down to another person, so for me it was about another person this time.”
The 28-year-old also touched on the media attention she generates, expressing concerns that telling press that “the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept” or that wishing “I was dead already” was distracting attention away from her music and stopping people from taking her seriously. (People like Kurt Cobain’s daughter, for instance)
“Sometimes it’s hard to listen to the words when you’re thinking about the person. I kind of felt my own story was in the way,” she tells Triple J. Adding: “I don’t even really know why it bothered me. It wasn’t a personal thing. I wanted to make sure that the music was okay. I wanted the stories in the songs to be intact, and when people have their own impressions about how you got to where you got to it can change their mind about the music.”