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Bring me some water… Melissa Etheridge is coming to Adelaide

Grammy-winning American rock musician and LGBTIQA+ icon Melissa Etheridge is coming to Adelaide next May as part of her I’m Not Broken tour.

Nov 23, 2023, updated Nov 23, 2023

Etheridge rose to prominence with her self-titled debut album in the late 1980s and went on to release a string of hits over the following decade, including “Bring Me Some Water”, “Come to My Window”, “Like the Way I Do” and “I’m the Only One”.

Adelaide is one of just four cities on the Australian leg of her upcoming tour announced today, with the singer-songwriter and guitarist kicking off with a concert in Perth on May 10 before performing at the AEC Theatre on May 12 and then heading to Melbourne and Sydney.

Her promoter says the concerts will be an opportunity “to walk down memory lane”, including both fan-favourite tracks and new songs from Etheridge’s latest live album, Beautiful Day, released last month.

Throughout her career the singer has released 16 studio albums and won two Grammy awards from 15 nominations, as well as an Oscar for “I Need to Wake Up”, the song she wrote for global warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth. She is both an environmental advocate and gay rights activist, having cemented herself as a lesbian icon after coming out publicly at an LGBTIQA+ ball celebrating Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.

Although Etheridge underwent treatment for breast cancer in 2004, her career has continued apace since then, with her latest projects including a one-woman show titled My Window ­– A Journey Through Life ­(recently performed on Broadway)­ and her memoir Talking to My Angels.

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Etheridge last performed in Adelaide in 2018 during a national tour with fellow singer and friend Sheryl Crow. She garnered impressive reviews on the tour, with the Sydney Morning Herald writing that “her idiosyncratic voice is as husky and sultry as ever – the crowd let loose on 1996’s ‘I Want to Come Over’ then got loose and rushed towards the stage for ‘Come to My Window’”.

Pre-sale tickets for the I’m Not Broken shows open on November 28, with general-release sales available from November 30.

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