In her first appearance in the Middle East, Alannis Morissette kicked off a 10-stop “self indulgent” tour, in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday, reported a Lebanese daily Newspaper, The Daily Star.
The concert, which commenced at approximately 9:00pm, included cuts from both of her CDs, Jagged Little Pill and the less successful Former Infatuation Junkie as well as newer releases and covers such as Police’s hit King of Pain.
Tickets to the event, which took place at the La Marina hotel, sold for US$22 and $35.
“I call this tour my self-indulgent leg ... going to places that I’ve been and yearned to return to, or places that I’ve not been and have been drawn to,” the multi award winning Canadian said recently, upon announcing the tour.
“Touring deeper into cities around the world further confirms my love of communicating through art ... how universal the language is,” the 25 year-old added.
Morissette, who will also appear in Croatia, is scheduled to end her tour on July 22nd at another new stop for the singer/songwriter; Turkey.
Other more commercial stopovers include repeat performances in France, Italy and Switzerland; stops on the singer’s 14-month 1998-99 world tour.
It has been a year of firsts for Morissette; last month, she performed in Beijing, China, guest-starred in an episode of an acclaimed US cable series, Sex and The City, and in the spring, she made her theatrical debut in New York where she performed off Broadway for 10 days. Last year, she also debuted on the big screen, taking on the role of God in the controversial film staring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Dogma.
Although she was virtually an unknown until 1994 when her Jagged Little Pill CD erupted on the US charts, Morissette has been in the industry since the tender age of 12—albawaba.com.
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