Since the beginning of her career, Melissa Etheridge has felt it was important to be truthful, honest and consistent.
Those thoughts have paid off with the dedication of a firm fanbase who has stuck with her for more than 30 years. They can see her Thursday, May 25, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.
“I’ve been committed to the live show being high-quality entertainment,” Etheridge explains. “This is going to be something different and it’s guaranteed to be a good time.”
In the midst of “gathering ideas” for a new record, Etheridge is known for her confessional lyrics in songs like “I’m the Only One,” “Come to My Window” and “I Need to Wake Up.” Her latest release took a different spin. On Memphis Rock and Soul, Etheridge pays tribute to Stax Records by covering classic songs from its catalog. To do so, she recorded the album in Royal Studios in the Tennessee town.
“Making the album in Memphis was just such a treat,” Etheridge says “I fell in love with everyone there. The songs are where I feel rock ‘n’ roll began. Not only did I get so much inspiration from the R&B, soul music and what they were doing, but from the people.”
She’ll play a few songs from that album, but her show at Talking Stick Resort will feature a career-spanning set.
“I have me plus three pieces,” says Etheridge, who last came to the Valley as part of her solo show. “Now it’s just fierce rock ‘n’ roll. You’re going to hear the hits that you love. All the songs you know and love and want to hear. Usually, I also go deep into the catalog and do one or two other songs. That’s usually the kind of show we do.”
Melissa Etheridge, Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, $40-$675.