Leanne Evans sat down with Nelly Furtado during her cross Canada ‘Spirit Indestructible’ tour through Medicine Hat in January.
After touring throughout Europe and elsewhere in recent years, Nelly Furtado is happy to launch a lengthy cross-Canadian trek behind her new album The Spirit Indestructible.
“I know it sounds strange but I’m excited about touring Canada in the wintertime,” Furtado says. “I mean I’m sure there will be times where I’m like, ‘What am I doing?’ but once you get out there I’m the consummate professional. I’ve been doing this a while now, it’s been 13 years so I don’t go on automatic.”
That professionalism was tested when she ended up working with acclaimed producer Bob Rock for Believers (Arab Spring), the new album’s closing track.
Furtado was a bit intimidated by Rock who has credits with Metallica, Motley Crue and Aerosmith.
“I was really nervous because he has quite the resume,” she says. “But I sent him the song and he phoned me from his horse ranch in Malibu. ‘Hello I love the track!’ I was thrilled because to me it has this rock sensibility that I was quite excited about and I guess he felt the same way. We met in L.A. and he was really nice and I was happy.”
The only thing Furtado might be unhappy with was changes to the Canadian tour. Dates in Winnipeg and Hamilton were cancelled within days of each other with the Ottawa gig later nixed. No official explanation was given but it’s possibly due to sluggish ticket sales.
As for the show itself, the Latin Grammy winner is eager to feel that energy only a live concert can emit.
“It’s one thing to record new songs in a studio and feel that rush of adrenalin and share it with fans and how they react,” Furtado says. “It just takes things to the next level.”
The only probably might be trying to find a selection of songs that works as equally well in Berlin as it would in Belleville, Ontario.
“It’s extremely difficult especially because our next leg is in Europe and you have different hits in different territories,” she says. “For instance a song like Try is number one in certain European countries but it’s perhaps not really heard that much on the radio in North America.”
If anything, Furtado is grateful for the amount of material she can choose from, something she didn’t have circa I’m Like A Bird.
“The first tour all I had was Whoa, Nelly! so I had to play every song off it.”