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Amanda Palmer comes back from the dead
Bisexual performer brings show to State Theatre

Nov. 13, 2009

Bisexual performer Amanda Palmer comes to the State Theatre Nov. 19. (Photo credit by Desi)
In the past year, Dresden Dolls front woman and solo artist Amanda Palmer has released an album, a DVD and a book all of the same name — “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?” a “Twin Peaks” reference — and is now on a U.S. tour that will bring her to the area on Nov. 19. That’s a lot of ways for fans to connect with Palmer, who calls it a “coincidence” that she released so many different projects at the same time.

“I just always want to do as much as possible,” Palmer says. “It was the nature of coincidence that led the book into existence while the huge collection of videos was a fantasy I had with the first record but it didn’t make sense to make 12 videos then since we didn’t have YouTube.”

The book, which features photos of Palmer depicted in death, contains essays by writer Neil Gaiman, whom the bisexual Palmer has been dating since the spring.

“We started with a few pictures I had of myself dead from different shots and self portraits, and I wanted to use them as album artwork,” she says. “But my label said I didn’t have a big enough budget to make a booklet, so I said, ‘I’ll just do it myself and make a book and sell it myself to fans.’ I asked Neil and he said yes, and that’s how we met. It turned into a 100-page beast, which was not what I expected.”

Palmer’s tour, her first tour with a backup band, brings her to the State Theatre in Falls Church, Va., on Nov. 19.

Palmer has been touring “pretty much nonstop since 2002,” and says the hectic schedule has made her “more comfortable with making mistakes.”

“If touring relentlessly taught me anything, it’s that no mistake can’t be incorporated into the show and even celebrated,” she says. “I think I become so adept at navigating fuckups, mistakes and onstage disasters that I rely on them to make shows interesting, which was not the case when I started.”

Palmer says her shows in the D.C. area are important to her since her father lives here.

“He is going to join me onstage this time around,” she says. “He’s a fantastic singer with the National Cathedral. He’s a bass and plays guitar. When I played at the 9:30 club he joined me for a song. It’s also nice to get to hang out with him. The nice thing about touring is that you can pretty much hit all the significant people in your life in the course of a year’s business, and I like D.C. because I get to see him.”

Palmer adds that “people in D.C. are generally awesome, and the last time I played D.C. was on Inauguration Day, when I played the Rock the Vote benefit, which was totally awesome.”