Laurie Anderson, Thursday, March 2, at the Paramount Theatre, has been busy lately: She recently issued Bright Red, her first new recording in five years (another disc, The Ugly One With the Jewels, is due in mid-March); Stories From the Nerve Bible, a book-length retrospective of her career over the past twenty years; and Puppet Motel, a CD-ROM marketed by Voyager, a software company sponsoring her current tour. That outing--a multimedia presentation called The Nerve Bible--is a major project in its own right, presenting Anderson in a light that's both serious (themes include mortality and the limits of human consciousness) and playful (she makes her stage entrance hanging upside down from a rope). The 47-year-old techno empress and Lou Reed paramour, who once upon a time worked as a migrant cotton picker, says she creates at such a hectic pace because doing so helps her "feel her own freedom." "Tightrope," from Bright Red, is symbolic of this quest. During the song, Anderson describes standing on a tightrope, then meekly entreats those below with the request, "Remember me is all I ask/And if remembered be a task, forget me." No chance of that--as anyone who has ever seen her perform already knows.
Recommended For YouPowered by SailThru
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!