When Melissa Etheridge considers her new album, One Way Out, she says, “Sometimes growing up involves looking back and getting power from it.” Etheridge’s One Way Out tour is powered by new perspectives on life-changing milestones, as well as the reunion of her original touring band, including Kevin McCormick on bass, Fritz Lewak on drums, and John Shanks on guitar.
The core of the album is composed of seven songs Etheridge wrote in the late 80s and early ‘90s: “One Way Out,” “As Cool As You Try,” “I’m No Angel Myself,” “For the Last Time,” “Save Myself,” “That Would Be Me, and “Wile Wild Wild.” Rounding out the set are two other previously unreleased songs, “You Have No Idea” and “Life Goes On,” recorded at an intimate and boisterous 2002 concert at the Roxy in West Hollywood.
In 2013, Etheridge found these songs spoke to her with fresh vantage on all that had happened in the intervening years since their original recordings. She had come out, become a parent, risen to status of multi-platinum album sales and top concert headliner, was diagnosed and recovered from breast cancer, won an Academy Award (for her song “I Need to Wake Up” from Al Gore’s climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, gotten married, taken on activist roles on various fronts, and had continued to record and tour at as fierce a pace as always. The songs bristle with energy and emotion, the first seven from a time in which she was finding her first measures of fame with bolstered confidence and ambition – but before she was ready to be fully open about herself. One Way Out represents the excitement of standing up and saying who you are, and saying it loud, with rock ’n’ roll. For that, it couldn’t come at a better time.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 17, 2021 at 10am. Get tickets HERE.