DUO SETS OUT BEST OF RUFUS
Over the course of a career that spans three decades, Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the greatest male vocalists and songwriters of our time.
Since the release of his selftitled debut record in 1998, Wainwright has gone on to release seven chamber popladen studio albums, collaborated with the ilk of Elton John, David Byrne and Lou Reed, and continued to expand his creative palette by exploring the worlds of film, theatre and beyond.
Last year saw the release of Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright – a career-spanning compilation depicting the most poignant moments of his illustrious back-catalogue.
“The reason that this album came about was because of my close friend, Barbara Charone, who always insisted that I needed to do a ‘best of’,” he says.
“She’s also a good friend of Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, another close friend of mine. When it came to compiling my bodies of work, I really let those two create the list. I didn’t want it to just be what I thought was important.
“In the initial stages, it was very important for me to listen to other people’s opinions. I wanted the perspective of two other people that I hold dearly.
“Of course I made a few tweaks to their selections and added a few things that I thought were definitely necessary.”
Wainwright returns to Australian shores this week for the first time in three years for a run of headline shows. He promises to traverse the many broad musical spectra of his career.
“I haven’t actually performed a show solo in Australia for a long time,” he says.
“However I’m bringing along my younger sister, Lucy Wainwright-Roche. She’s an amazing musician,” he says.
Rufus Wainwright is back in the country.