This week, Lana Del Rey dropped her fourth full-length studio album Lust for Life. Lana’s new glacial, bass heavy and hip-hop kissed album has already met critical acclaim among her fans and the charts, in addition to reaching No. 1 on iTunes. Lust for Life, recorded in the same studio as her debut album Born to Die and produced by longtime friend Rick Nowels, is Lana at her best. By using two historically progressive genres—folk and hip-hop—to influence the album, Lana Del Rey succeeded to create a purposeful piece of art worth listening to.
Though Lana Del Rey has been a studio junkie for most of her career—all four of her albums having been released in the past five years—she hasn’t toured as extensively as fans would’ve hoped. Her last album, Honeymoon, was only promoted through festival dates, and though she performed some great sets in both America and Europe, plenty of Lana Del Rey fans had to go another year without seeing her live.
Though Lana Del Rey hasn’t made an official announcement concerning a North American “Lust for Life” Tour, we’re optimistic that one will be coming soon. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Lana Del Rey went into detail about how the changes in American politics have influenced how she wants to bring to life her withstanding discography, specifically songs from Born to Die which are known for their Americana vibes.
When asked if it was difficult for her to remain romantic about America with Donald Trump as President, Lana didn’t hold back in her feelings of disappointment and discomfort. “It’s certainly uncomfortable. I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos. I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing “Born to Die.” It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now—it didn’t feel weird in 2013.”
Since Lana Del Rey mentioned tour visuals, we can only assume that she has something in the works for 2017. But fans shouldn’t expect a long, 60-date stint, as she tends to do smaller scale tours. In the interview, she even mentioned turning down a chance to open for Stevie Nicks on her latest tour because of how long her schedule was. Though we’re not one hundred percent sure, we think it’s highly unlikely that Lana Del Rey could release two albums in a row without touring semi-extensively for at least one of them.
Lana Del Rey’s last tour, 2015’s “Endless Summer Tour”, only lasted for a single season. If Lana’s record label lets her get away with it, we can see the pop-folk artist doing this again, possibly in the Fall. And if this is the case, we think she will be announcing her “Lust for Life” Tour dates soon. So Lana fans, we suggest making your schedules flexible September-November 2017, just in case she plans to take her incredible record on tour.
At the moment, Lana Del Rey only has five one-off shows scheduled for 2017, including the surprise Brixton show at The O2 Academy on July 24th. If Lana Del Rey decides to extend her tour further, we think she will perform at the following venues, based on past tour schedules: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hollywood Bowl, Gorge Amphitheatre, PNC Music Pavilion, and Shoreline Amphitheatre. Lana Del Rey said in her latest interview with Pitchfork that she is happiest when outdoors and performing outdoors, so if she has any control as to where her “Lust for Life” Tour takes place, we think it will mainly be in outdoor venues.
When it comes to openers, we can see Lana going in any number of directions, especially since Lust for Life has some stark hip-hop influences contributed by A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti. For her last tour, Lana Del Rey was joined by Courtney Love and Grimes.
We hope to update this with upcoming Lana Del Rey tour dates soon. In the mean time, enjoy listening to Lust for Life, a record Lana and her fans should be incredibly proud of.