Liz Phair – The Guitar Goddess Joins Smashing Pumpkins On US Tour
Along with Billy Corgan, Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder, Liz Phair will also be romping into the nostalgia season. The band and Phair are ready to recreate 90s’ alternative rock music, treating the fans to an acoustic electro tour. The 19-date trek starts March 22 from Portland and the final show will take place in Houston on April 20.
Elizabeth Clark Phair, fondly known as Liz Phair appeared out of nowhere in 1993 and released her debut album “Exile in Guyville”. Causing an instant uproar, the record sold more than 200,000 units and had the indie-rock gurus going gaga over her. It ended up being the album of the year in 1993 and Phair became the first woman to receive the honor since Joni Mitchell in 1974. The stage was set for her to release her sophomore album and all eyes were on Liz Phair, waiting to see if the first hit was fluke or was she the real deal. She certainly was the latter, as the “Whip-Smart” Chicago girl pulled another stunner. In fact the critics stated that it was an even better effort from her debut and she showed progression in style and arrangements.
With her debut album Liz Phair had established herself as a bold songwriter who was anything but timid about her choice of words. On “Whip-Smart” she unflinchingly examined romantic relationships and blended words with rocking guitar strumming. Despite being new, Phair had complete control over the album, from cover art to production to music video to the first track “Supernova”, she was confidently sitting in the director’s seat. While the album peaked at 27 position on the Billboard 200, the single “Supernova” earned Liz her first Grammy Award nomination.
Liz has been largely quiet since her last album “Funstyle” came out in 2010 and it will be her first tour in six years. The revival tour will bring two of the biggest names in 90s alternative rock music scene under one roof, and it has become one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Liz Phair’s True Calling And An Eventual Rise To Stardom
Phair enrolled in Oberlin College in Ohio as an art student and ended up walking straight into the thriving band scene. Everyone around her had a band and rock n roll spirit was at its peak. She started writing songs and made friends with Come’s guitarist Chris Brokaw, who was also studying in the same university. Musically nothing developed between the two at that time, but after both graduated, their paths once again crossed in San Francisco. Brokaw was in the city for a gig and met Liz by chance. They spent the time jamming, playing songs together and Liz shared with him “Johnny Sunshine” and “Fuck and Run” that later ended up on her debut album.
Since the time she made an outstanding debut, Liz Phair hasn’t looked back and has released albums from time to time, if not frequently. With six albums in her collection, her latest one hit the shelves in 2010 and reflected her personal view of the world.
Liz Phair rose in the era when rock music was dominated by men. She made her place in the industry with her brutally candid and clever songs, and continued to make waves with her commanding vocals. She’s ready to return to the music scene and what better way than live shows to announce her comeback. Come support the diva when she heads to your town – buy Liz Phair tickets now.