Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” turns 25 in 2020, and the musician is celebrating with a massive tour featuring special guests Liz Phair and Garage. Announced Monday, the 31-date outing begins in Portland this June and will include songs from her landmark best-seller, along with new work.
Originally released in 1995, the album climbed to the top spot on the Billboard chart and garnered the musician four Grammys in 1996, making her the youngest artist to receive the honor of “Album of the Year” (a feat beaten by Taylor Swift for her 2008 album “Fearless”). Selling 33 million copies worldwide during its lifetime, the album remains a cultural touchstone of the ‘90s, with the songs “You Oughta Know” and “Hand in My Pocket” enduring as send-ups to female rage.
The announcement comes days before the opening of the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill,” inspired by Morissette’s work. Opening Dec. 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre, the musical is written by “Juno”’s Diablo Cody, with direction by Diane Paulus, who reached critical success with “Pippin” and “Waitress.” Music is by Morissette and Glen Ballard, who co-wrote and produced the original album.
“‘Jagged Little Pill’ is such a transformative, iconic album for so many people,” Paulus said. “Every member of this creative team came to the project as if it were a calling. Listening to the songs in the context of the moment we’re living in today made me realize that Alanis was way ahead of her time — the songs feel like they were written for us right now. I am excited to give Alanis’s fans a theatrically visceral experience, and for a whole new generation of audiences to discover the power and relevance of her music.”
Morissette also gifted fans Monday with the release of “Reasons I Drink” from her forthcoming album, “Such Pretty Forks in the Road”— the first LP since her 2012 release “Havoc and Bright Lights.”
Pre-sale for the 2020 tour begins on Dec. 10, with tickets for the general public opening up Dec. 13.
Top Image: Single cover for Alanis Morissette's "Reasons I Drink."