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Title Houston Voice, No. 1136, August 2, 2002
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date August 2, 2002
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript -fr SPORTS: Members of the Montrose Softball League head for the Gay Softball World Series. Page 16 THEATER: Comedic talent Rob Nash offers his own twist on 'Romeo and Juliet' Page 15 Out on the Bayou HOUSTON VOICE AUGUST 2, 2002 PAGE 13 Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge puts emphasis on the hopeful flip side of her 'Skin' album in this year's tour By PENNY WEAVER THIS YEAR'S SUMMER CONCERT TOUR IS ALL ABOUT celebrating for lesbian rock'n'roll star Melissa Etheridge, who brings her musical party to Texas next week. "It is so wonderful. I think it's the most fun I've had on tour — ever," says Etheridge, taking time for an interview with the Houston Voice via cell phone while driving en route to her Los Angeles home. "It's so easy It's such a celebration. The band is phenomenal. The crowds have been — that's probably the best part — I didn't know what the crowds would be like this summer, and they have been insane and really wonderful." Surely Etheridge's legions of fans would describe her as "wonderful" too, as they eagerly await the eighth album from this Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter known for hits such as "Bring Me Some Water," "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window." Etheridge's walk on the road of fame began with her self-titled — and Grammy nominated —1988 debut and has since been punctuated with events including her 1993 coming out, launch into parenthood five years ago, widely publicized break-up with ex-partner Julie Cypher, and recent hook-up with actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. Oh, and she's produced six more CDs, a best-selling autobiography and crisscrossed the nation on fan-pleasing concert tours in the meantime. The current tour reunites Etheridge with her band after last year's acoustic "Live and Alone" venture. "It was very introspective; it was very intimate with the audience and there was something to be said about that," she says. "I would love to do that again some time because it was really a very special thing. It was kind of healing and a growing and a journey, that whole thing, and this [year's tour] is just a big party. "It's a big celebration; it's a lot of fun," Etheridge adds. "Skin" is divided almost in half, with the first five songs focusing largely on heartbreak and despair, and the second half more hopeful, including her release, "I Want To Be In Love." "It's funny because...the last tour, 'Live and Alone,' it's like I did the first half of the album, and this tour I'm doing the second part of the album," Etheridge explains. "It's the healing. It's cool." In an interview a year ago, the singer prepared to go on the road just after her autobiography, "The Truth Is...", was published. The book included stories behind many of her songs, and she was anxious to see what it would be like to perform the tunes knowing that her fans were "clued in" to their origins. "The audience was very supportive, very much so," she recalls. "It turned out to be a lot less painful than I thought it would be. They turned it into a healing experience, getting all that out." New hope, new music NOW, ETHERIDGE CELEBRATES HOPE AND HAPPINESS while on tour. That is a hint at the feel of her next album — so far — which she expects to have out as early as next spring. She's debuting some of the tunes in concert over the summer. "On tour I've been doing at least one a night and sometimes two," Etheridge relates. The new album is still in its eariy stages. "I'm writing," she says. "It's a lot different material Second 'Skin' Mr* .W. "We recorded and filmed the last couple of shows on live and Alone.' There's a lot of new and yummy stuff on that." — Melissa Etheridge Lesbian rock star Melissa Etheridge makes three concert stops in Texas beginning Aug. 9, with an Aug. 10 show in The Woodlands on the north side of Houston. [than 'Skin']. Actually, the music is more rocking than I've done in a long time. "It's not that depressed, sad person — it's a very happy person who's having sex and really enjoying herself," she adds with a laugh. Last year, Etheridge described "Skin" as "like throwing up." Her upcoming album — like her personal life — is headed in a different direction. "This one feels like after you've been sick and then you get well and you look back and you say, 'Wow I'm going to really appreciate well, 'cause I never want to be sick again,'" she explains. "And now I'm well and well is great and I'm celebrating well. "It's a real celebration, like this tour is," says Etheridge, but that's as specific as she can get so far about the new work. "I haven't put enough of it together yet to say exactly what it is." She notes she'll have a new DVD coming out in a couple of months with material from her last tour. "We recorded and filmed the last couple of shows on the 'Live and Alone' show. There's a lot of new and yummy stuff on that," she hints. Happiness at home ETHERIDGE, 41, CONTINUES TO FIND JOY IN raising her children — Bailey, 5, and Beckett, 3. She shares custody with Cypher. "They are wonderful. They make life worth living. They're insanely great," Etheridge says of her children. Gay parenthood has been increasingly a political topic in recent years, particularly with Rosie O'Donnell coming out and supporting the fight to repeal Florida's ban on gay parents. But even though Etheridge is several Please see MELISSA on Page 14
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