.

Alanis Morissette Gets Personal at Intimate New York Gig

May 23, 2008 4:32 PM ET

"Every time I go through something difficult, I think, this is the mother lode. I'm not going to get through this one," Alanis Morissette said last night during an intimate performance in New York. "And then six months later I'm like, what's his name again?" And with that, the journal-spewing Queen of '90s Rock quashed any rumors that she was heartbroken over her ex-fiancé Ryan Reynolds' recent engagement to Tom Waits admirer Scarlett Johansson.

Looking casual in jeans, green T-shirt, cropped blazer and sparkly scarf, the 33-year-old and her five-piece backing band played an eight-song acoustic set for a for a mostly middle-aged crowd of media and music industry types at the Cutting Room. Besides hits like "You Learn" and "Thank You," Morissette performed three songs from her upcoming album, Flavors of Entanglement, including piano ballad "Not As We," which she says is the "most rock bottom moment" on the album. "It might be the second single, but I don't know," she said. "I gave up choosing singles years ago. I just work here."

Though the audience clearly wanted a longer set (shouts of "you're perfect" and "I love you" peppered the show), an encore was not on the bill. "We will continue," teased Morissette, "if you'd like to come to the Today show tomorrow. I have to get up at five."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com