Lana Del Rey Biography
Lana Del Rey is hard to ignore. From her model-quality good looks to her arrestingly melancholy voice and sweeping cinematic soundscapes, the 27-year-old signer/songwriter has packed a novel’s worth of living into a short six-year career. Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City, young Lizzy Grant grew up in Lake Placid, New York, where she started out singing in the church choir. But she developed alcohol dependency at a young age and was sent to a Connecticut boarding school for three years to deal with the issue. At age 18 she moved to The Bronx, studying metaphysical philosophy at Fordam University. After she learned to play guitar with the help of her uncle, she began performing at Brooklyn nightclubs under various stages names including Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and Lizzy Wright & the Phenomena. Her first performance took place in 2006 at the Williamsburg Live Songwriting Competition, where she was discovered by an A&R rep from local independent label 5 Points Records, with whom she would sign a record deal the next year while still a senior at Fordham. Around this time she also moved to a New Jersey trailer park, where she started doing community service working with substance abuse victims and the homeless. Lana Del Rey’s debut 3-song EP Kill Kill was released in October 2008, followed up by the 2010 release of her debut full-length album Lana Del Ray. After signing to Interscope/Polydor in the summer of 2011, Del Rey posted the lead single from her upcoming follow-up album “Video Games” onto YouTube and started to build buzz for the album’s release. In the meantime, Lana Del Rey tickets became available for her first tour, the 2011-2012 Born to Die tour, with Lana Del Rey tickets being sold at leading rock clubs around the country including New York’s Bowery Ballroom and L.A.’s Chateau Marmont. Her major-label debut Born to Die was released in January 2012, featuring several top 10 hits including “Born to Die” and “Summertime Sadness.” The album would go on to sell five million copies, making it the fifth-biggest selling album of 2012 and a number one hit in 11 countries. A star was born, one who would also sign a modeling contract that same year. While demand for Lana Del Rey tickets began to skyrocket, the singer would continue to focus on songwriting, releasing her third EP Paradise in November 2012. Featuring collaborations with famed producers including Rick Rubin, the album debuted at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Album.” GQ’s “Woman of the Year” would strike out on the road the next year, with Lana Del Rey tickets being released for her first major international tour in early 2013. The Paradise Tour would be extended several times before eventually encompassing 53 shows across four continents, with Lana Del Rey tickets becoming available across the globe from Turkey to Latvia to Lebanon. Following the release of her short film and EP Tropico in late 2013, it was announced in early 2014 that Del Rey would be releasing a follow-up album titled Ultraviolence in May of 2014. In March, Lana Del Rey tickets were released for a 16-date North America tour kicking off April 23 in Grand Prairie, Texas, and concluding May 27 in Seattle. However, another round of Lana Del Rey tickets were quickly released to accommodate demand on the West Coast as additional dates were added in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Francisco in mid-April. Additional Lana Del Rey tickets were also tacked onto the end of her tour, with a series of European festival dates added to the still-unnamed tour, which will take her from Denmark to Spain this summer before the tour concludes in Seine, France on August 24.
Lana Del Rey Tour News
5-20-14: Lana Del Rey announced last week that her upcoming album Ultraviolence will be released June 17 via Interscope Records. The singer will play the PNE Rogers Amphitheatre in Vancouver this Sunday before hitting Seattle and Los Angeles for two shows next week.
5-16-14: Lana Del Rey will play the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago tonight. Tickets start at $154 on the secondary market for her Midwest show. The pop crooner will take a short break over the weekend before playing the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado Monday night.
5-14-14: Lana Del Rey will head through the Midwest this week when she plays Detroit and Chicago. Del Rey will first hit the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit on Thursday and then the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago Frida
5-12-14: Lana Del Rey will hit Canada and the Midwest this week over three dates. The “West Coast” singer heads to Toronto tomorrow before crooning at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit on Thursday and the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Friday.
5-9-14: Lana Del Rey announced the track listing for her much anticipated upcoming album Ultraviolence on Thursday. An official release date hasn’t been announced, though it is expected to be released later this year.
5-7-14: Lana Del Rey will head to the northeast this week, playing shows in Boston, Connecticut and Philadelphia. The “Summertime Sadness” singer released her new single, “West Coast”, at Coachella last month and expects to release her third studio album, Ultraviolence, later this year.
5-5-14: Following the release of her new single, “West Coast”, Lana Del Rey will travel east to play a string of dates in New England, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Catch Del Rey on tour while she croons her way through the northeast.
Lana Del Rey Tour Dates
4-11 Las Vegas, NV – Cosmopolitan
4-13 Indio, CA – Coachella Music Festival
4-15 Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
4-18 San Francisco, CA -Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
4-20 Indio, CA – Coachella
4-23 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
4-25 New Orleans, LA – The Sugarmill
4-27 Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Beach
4-28 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
5-1 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
5-2 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
5-5 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
5-6 Boston, MA – House of Blues
5-8 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
5-10 Columbia, MD – Sweetlife Music Festival
5-11 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5-13 Toronto, Ontario – Sony Centre for Performing Arts
5-15 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
5-16 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
5-19 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5-25 Vancouver, British Columbia – PNE Amphitheatre
5-27 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater