Alanis Morissette is reflecting back on her decades of touring in the emotional new single “I Miss The Band.” On April 16, she debuted a nostalgic video for the track, which features various footage that was shot throughout her years on the road.
For the video, Morissette is raising for Backline Care, a nonprofit organization that offers free mental health and wellness resources to music industry professionals and their families. All donations to the organization can be made on the video’s YouTube page.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, the tour industry was completely flipped upside down. As tours and festivals were postponed and canceled, live music industry personnel soon found themselves out of work while ticket holders were left without any shows to attend.
Now, Morissette is looking back on her days on the road in the “I Miss The Band” video. The sentimental visual offers numerous snapshots of her touring with her band around the world. As well, various footage also features Morissette’s dedicated fanbase who have shown up to her shows with posters, personalized shirts and, above all, love for her music.
The “I Miss The Band” lyrics depict personal moments she has experienced while on the tour. From getting off a plane in Japan to arriving at baggage claim not knowing what city she is in, the narrative behind the song offers an intimate look at what life on the road is like for her.
In the YouTube video’s caption, Morissette briefly opens up about her optimism that she will be reunited with her band and fans on tour again soon.
“Deeply yearning to play live music again,” she writes on YouTube. “The sweat, the rapture, the movement, the love. I miss seeing your faces and being with my bandmates. Soon we’ll be back together.”
With the video, Morissette is helping raise money for Backline Care which offers various resources for any individual working within the live music industry.
“Life in this industry can be incredibly isolating and difficult,” Morissette writes on her YouTube page. “Backline provides a safe, private and immediate place to go for help. Available for free to artists, managers, agents, crew, producers, labels and their families, Backline programs offer case management, support groups and wellness programs to meet the needs of this unique community.”
The “I Miss The Band” visual was directed by Victor Indrizzo who has worked with Morissette as a drummer. In recent years, he provided percussion and drums for her 2012 album Havoc And Bright Lights and 2020’s Such Pretty Forks In The Road.
More information on Backline Care can be found here, and the “I Miss The Band” video is available to watch below.
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“I Miss The Band” marks the second song Morissette has released this year. Back in March, she unveiled a demo of “Predator,” one of the songs from Jagged Little Pill: The Musical. The Broadway production is inspired by Morissette’s 1995 album of the same name. Earlier this year, the songs from Jagged Little Pill: The Musical led to the production winning Best Musical Theater Album at the Grammy Awards.
Back in 2020, Morissette celebrated the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill with a staggering 29-track reissue of the album. Along with the original tracks, Morissette re-released 16 live tracks that were recorded during her concert at the historic O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London last year. Back in November 2020, Morissette first released these live recordings as a special double LP Record Store Day offering.
For the Jagged Little Pill 25th anniversary, Morissette was set to hit the road with Liz Phair, Julia Stone and Garbage last year. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was postponed to this year.
As it stands, the North American tour is set to kick off July 10 in Toronto at the Budweiser Stage. Both Phair and Garbage are supporting the North American tour while Phair will be playing with Morissette for the U.K. and European shows. Meanwhile, Stone is supporting the New Zealand, Australia and Philippines tour later this fall.
The full list of dates is available below and more information can be found here.
07/10 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
07/11 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/31 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
08/01 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
08/03 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
08/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
08/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheatre
08/12 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/13 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
08/14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amp
08/17 – Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/18 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/20 – Alpharetta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/21 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
08/22 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek
08/25 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
08/26 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
08/28 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
08/29 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater
08/31 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
09/01 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
09/03 – Gilford, NH @ Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion
09/04 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
09/05 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
09/08 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
09/10 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
09/11 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/12 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/15 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
09/17 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
09/18 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/18 – Birmingham, UK @ Utilita Arena
10/20 – London, UK @ The O2 Arena
10/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
10/25 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
10/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Barclaycard Arena
10/29 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
10/31 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
11/03 – Budapest, HU @ László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
11/06 – Warsaw, PL @ Expo XXI
11/08 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Form
11/10 – Madrid, ES @ Wizink Center
11/13 – Paris, FR @ Accor Arena
11/25 – Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena
11/27 – Melbourne, AUS @ Rod Laver Arena
11/28 – Melbourne, AUS @ Rod Laver Arena
11/30 – Sydney, AUS @ Qudos Bank Arena
12/04 – Perth, AUS @ Rac Arena
12/07 – Manila, PHL @ Mall Of Asia Arena
12/08 – Manila, PHL @ Mall Of Asia Arena
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