Beautiful! Rufus Wainwright and Jose Gonzalez at The Chicago Theatre (September 24, 2021)

Like many other tours, this one was supposed to take place last year. According to Rufus, it was going to be with a ten piece band, big sets, and big lights. He says they’ll do the bigger shows in a few years. He is so charismatic as he addresses the crowd. For this tour, they have a 5 piece band. There is a guitarist, drummer, bassist, pianist, and Rufus on vocals.

For tonight’s set, he plays very heavily from his latest album, Unfollow The Rules. They play one of the best songs from this album, “Damsel In Distress”. “Will you forever be a damsel in distress?” sings Wainwright. He has such a fantastic voice. An audience member was overheard saying, “I’d listen to him sing the phone book!”

He is often asked, “what is your favorite song?” He says it is the title track from his 2001 album, “Poses”. It is a beautiful song for which he sits down at the piano and plays it solo. The singing and the piano playing perfectly complement each other.  

Jose Gonzalez was also excellent. See our review of his headlining show at The Chicago theatre in March of 2019 here.

See the full setlist here.

Cost of a ticket: $60 and up

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It –

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney

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