The 38-year-old concluded her mini fall tour in Charleston, West Virginia recently and said that she will be donating all of the earnings to each city she has performed in.
Lana Del Rey is giving back to the local communities. The “Born to Die” singer just concluded her 10-show fall tour in support of her ninth studio album "Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd." The 38-year-old started the tour on September 14 at FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin, Tennessee before heading out to Austin, Texas, Tampa, Florida, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and others. She concluded the tour on Thursday, October 5th, in Charleston, West Virginia revealing what she plans to do with the proceeds from ticket sales.
“I just wanted to say thank you to you and just every city I’ve gone to before this,” Del Rey said towards the end of her performance, per PEOPLE. “I also wanted to let you know, for what it’s worth, every ticket, every dollar, it is poured right back into the city.” The “Summertime Sadness” artist continued, “Because it is not about that for me. I know that sounds cheesy, but I tour because I love it. I don’t need to. I just love it and we’re all about the places we’ve been to. We’re just going to leave quickly after West Virginia, so I just wanted to kind of just say hello, goodbye, I hope this is not the last time we speak.”
Recently, the singer was awarded the Best Alternative award at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September for her 10-minute visual “Candy Necklace” featuring Jon Batiste according to American Songwriter. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Del Rey revealed that confidence issues keep her away from televised performances. The musician chose to stay away from live TV performances after she received backlash for her lackluster performances of "Blue Jeans" and "Video Games" on the hit variety series "Saturday Night Live" in 2012, per PEOPLE.
“Maybe that’s something else I’ll grow into more, like touring,” she said. “And don’t get me wrong. I toured for nine years of my life. It was nonstop. It was tough. But you know in your heart when it’s the right time. And it’s never been the right time. Maybe now, even if I didn’t feel confident, I would do it anyway. But there was a reason not to feel confident.”
The Award-winning singer was even parodied in a later episode for not sounding her best during the performance. As to what was causing her anxiety when it came to her confidence, she explained that she didn’t know if it "would be received well. But there’s a lot of weirdos out there now, so, we’re fine." She opened up about how the industry has changed since she arrived.
"We’re in good company. I started at a time when things were very much one way. Little by little, there’s a lot more room for storytelling and saying different stuff. You’re seeing a lot more good girl songwriters, too. Well, who am I to say that? I like a lot of the singers out right now," she shared.
Elsewhere in the interview, she opens up about preparing for shows and how she does so differently now compared to earlier in her career. "I get nervous. [But] this is a totally different tour," said Del Rey referencing her recent tour. "The stage production is bigger. There are more people on that stage with me, so I’m more comfortable. However, even if it was just a one-off show and it was just me in the spotlight, I’d be much more equipped now." She added that now since she has "experience," she is more "excited" than anything adding that, "I don’t feel nervous to tour."