When I spoke with Anthony Bourdain in March 2012 about his speaking tour, he promised minimalism. “There’s no opening act. No giant blender. No T-shirt cannon. No props. I’ll have a screen, a clicker and me.” And true to those words, when he played the sold-out Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, he had the clicker and notes scribbled on a yellow legal pad. It was an absolute riot.
Seeing Bourdain live is like having a beer with the guy you’ve gotten to know over the years on TV. Straight talk is the rule — with behind-the-scenes stories about filming his television programs and tales of world travels and exotic foodstuffs secured by dutiful fixers (production parlance for the boots on the ground). And, of course, there are the classic Bourdainian polemics. Like, at the show in Brooklyn, how food — contrary to public opinion — is most certainly NOT the the new rock ’n’ roll. “If they could play guitar like Stevie Ray, why the fuck would you be in a kitchen,” he said while the crowd roared.
So here’s the deal. Anthony Bourdain, like the Stones, is heading back on the road this summer with a string of limited dates. Ten, to be exact, his only dates in 2015. Presales for the Close to the Bone tour have begun for all cities at AnthonyBourdainOnTour.com. Fans can use the special code UNKNOWN to purchase tickets. Here are the cities and dates:
July 7, 2015 Nashville – TPAC (Jackson Hall)
July 8, 2015 Houston – Jones Hall
July 9, 2015 Austin – Bass Hall
July 10, 2015 Dallas – Majestic Theatre
July 11, 2015 – Atlanta – Fox Theatre
July 24, 2015 Minneapolis – State Theatre
July 26, 2015 San Francisco – Symphony Hall
July 27, 2015 Seattle – Paramount
July 28, 2015 Portland – Schnitzer Hall
July 30, 2015 Chicago – Auditorium Theatre