Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser to tour with Massive Attack next year in celebration of ‘Mezzanine’

Turns out Elizabeth Fraser’s brief re-emergence last month was no fluke: The Cocteau Twins singer is going on tour with Massive Attack next year as the trip-hop group celebrates the 21st anniversary of Mezzanine — which featured Fraser on three songs, including “Teardrop.”

The tour opens Jan. 28 in Glasgow, and features 16 announced shows in Europe — see full dates below — along with plans to hit 11 cities in North America. Those dates will be announced Friday, but, in a press release, the group reveals the cities they’ll play: Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, St. Paul, Minn., San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

UPDATE: North American dates have now been announced; see the full itinerary below.

Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja calls the tour the group’s “own personalized nostalgia nightmare head trip” in the press release. The shows will feature an audiovisual production “reconstructed from the original samples and influences.” More guests, in addition to Fraser, are still to be announced.

Since the demise of the Cocteaus in 1997, Fraser rarely has performed publicly. In 2012, she played three concerts tied to an appearance at the Meltdown festival in London, her first-ever solo shows and her first full concerts in 14 years. Last year, she appeared publicly at Royal Albert Hall to discuss the Cocteau Twins’ album Blue Bell Knoll with Grant.

And early last month, Fraser performed a short set in London, singing traditional folk songs, at an invite-only event hosted by The Society of the Golden Slippers.

Below, see Massive Attack’s European tour dates, and the video for “Teardrop.”

 

 

Massive Attack “Mezzanine XXI” tour dates:

EUROPE
Jan. 28: SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Jan. 29: Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Jan. 31: Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium
Feb. 1: AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb. 4: Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Feb. 5: Zenith, Munich
Feb. 6: Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy
Feb. 8: Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy
Feb. 9: Kioene Arena, Padua, Italy
Feb. 11: Zenith, Paris, France
Feb. 13: Zenith de Nantes Metropole, Nantes, France
Feb. 14: Bordeaux Metropole Arena, Bordeaux, France
Feb. 18: Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal
Feb. 22: O2 Arena, London, UK
Feb. 24: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
March 1: 3Arena, Bristol, UK

NORTH AMERICA
March 11: Place Des Arts, Montreal, QC
March 12: Sony Center For The Performing Arts, Toronto, ON
March 14: Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
March 15: Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
March 19: The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
March 20: The Anthem, Washington, DC
March 22: Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI
March 23: The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
March 24: Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN
March 28: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
March 29: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
March 30: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
April 2: Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU, San Diego, CA

 

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