When Jim Meets John
The blue-eyed soulster will round out the year with the one and only Captain Fantastic, hitting arenas across the U.K. and Europe.
Lidell’s Elton John supports kick off at The NIA in Birmingham, U.K., November 19 and wrap at the Manchester Evening News Arena December 20-21.
Stops include Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany (November 24), Parken National Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark (November 29), Stockholm Globe Arena in Sweden (December 4), Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (December 9), O2 Arena in London (December 13) and Echo Arena in Liverpool (December 17-18).
Lidell has been out on some big productions in the past (he toured with Beck last year), but told Pollstar he’s looking forward to touring with the piano man and all that comes with the territory.
“Beck’s production was fairly impressive but the Elton one will be another league,” he said. “This is really big time touring and I’m curious to see how everything works at that level. The catering alone is going to be worth the tour.”
But Lidell’s not letting those champagne wishes and caviar dreams go to his head. In fact, the electro-funk crooner showed his self depreciating side when it came to his expectations about opening for such a legendary performer.
“It could be a horrible beatdown every night – the lights of the venue still on, people shuffling to their seats and limp hands clapping between songs – just generally a soul destroying affair where everyone’s really oblivious to us and we’re just playing our hearts out for no return,” he said, laughing. “Or it could just be a really heartwarming experience playing in front of lots of people that are kind of keen to hear some new music. I’m sure it will be basically both of those things.”
The singer is used to strong reactions from crowds. He may be the frontman of a soul band on his current outing, but he keeps it fresh by incorporating his past as a solo electronic act into the show using voice processing, samples, synths and a mixing desk for parts of performances.
With followers from both genres, Lidell admitted the variety in his concerts may throw off certain camps of fans, but said being able to improvise and create a unique sound make it all worthwhile for him.
“I’m really happy to see all the different kinds of audience members out there,” he said. “I can’t make everyone happy but people realize at least you’re giving it everything you’ve got. They think, ‘Oh – he’s really into this. This is cool!'”