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Daniel Johnston Plots Orchestral European Tour


After watching the captivating (and slightly depressing) documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston back in 2005, I certainly wouldn’t have predicted the kinds of headlines Johnston is making of late. Not only can the Waller, Texas-based lo-fi icon flaunt a 3D iPhone app (“What’s an iPhone?” – ‘05 Me) and a relatively recent album still picking up steam, but an orchestral tour of Europe is now on the way, as well.

CMU reports that BEAM, an 11-piece Dutch orchestra, will accompany Johnston for a 17-date jaunt this spring. As NME notes, Johnston and company’s concert at London’s Troxy Theatre will be co-headlined by Jeffrey Lewis—one of my favorite artists to emerge from New York City’s anti-folk scene.

Here’s hoping a U.S. tour date announcement will soon follow, but we do have an excellent trailer with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews to enjoy in the meantime. Check out the full schedule to the “BEAM Me Up Daniel” tour here, and watch the trailer below: