In addition to performing, Welch also sat down with host James Corden and fellow guest Nick Kroll to talk about engorging herself with horror movies during the Covid-19 lockdown. “Rom-coms, with all the touching… it felt like a lost world,” Welch said:
The gender-challenging “King” was the first single off the band’s new LP, arriving in February of this year before Welch even announced Dance Fever.
“As an artist, I never actually thought about my gender that much,” Welch said of “King” in a statement at the time.
“I just got on with it. I was as good as the men and I just went out there and matched them every time. But now, thinking about being a woman in my 30s and the future, I suddenly feel this tearing of my identity and my desires. That to be a performer, but also to want a family might not be as simple for me as it is for my male counterparts. I had modelled myself almost exclusively on male performers, and for the first time I felt a wall come down between me and my idols as I have to make decisions they did not.”
Following a pair of warm-up shows, Florence and the Machine kicked off their headlining trek on Sept. 2 in Montreal. The tour concludes this week with a show in San Diego before a pair of gigs at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 14 and 15.