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The Dresden Dolls Announce January Shows

The Dresden Dolls Announce January Shows

Wednesday 9th November, 2011 9:09AM

Cabaret punk duo The Dresdon Dolls are heading back to New Zealand for two shows in January. Fronted by songstress Amanda Palmer who has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, the duo last played here together in 2006 following the release of their last album Yes Virginia.

Friday 27th January - The Powerstation, Auckland – The Powerstation
Saturday 28th January - The Opera House, Wellington

Ticketing details below, here's their video for 'Girl Anachornism' from their self-titled debut released in 2003.

Press Release:

In late January, cabaret punk duo The Dresden Dolls return for two New Zealand shows. They perform in Auckland on Friday 27th January at The Powerstation and Saturday 28th January in Wellington at The Opera House.

Led by the hyper-articulate Amanda Palmer and supported by drummer extraordinaire Brian Viglione, the two mine a rich seam of 'Brechtian punk cabaret' combined with electrifying, highly personal songcraft.

Theatrical in the best sense of the word, the Dresden Dolls evoke the decadence of Weimar Berlin with punk attitude and bristle. Amanda's often provocative lyrics and melodramatic piano stylings are the perfect foil for Brian's picaresque humour. The duo are also well known for their idiosyncratic cover versions including 'War Pigs', Britney's 'Baby One More Time' and our own Peter Jefferies sonorous 'Electricity' This will be their third visit since their sold out tours of 2004 and 2006.

Since the Dresden Dolls took a hiatus, Amanda Palmer has performed solo in New Zealand on a number of occasions. Earlier this year she was in Christchurch on Feb 22 when the BIG quake hit and unable to perform when the scheduled venue , Al’s Bar, was left in isolation.

Formed in hometown Boston in 2000, the Dresden Dolls have released three albums A Is For Accident (live) 2003, The Dresden Dolls 2003, and Yes Virginia in 2006.

According to Palmer the name came from a combination of references including the firebombing of Dresden, Germany and the porcelain dolls that were a hallmark of pre-war Dresden industry; an early song of the same name by The Fall; and a reference to the V. C. Andrews novel Flowers in the Attic, where the classically blond-haired and blue-eyed protagonists are called "the Dresden dolls". The name also evokes Weimar Germany and its cabaret culture. Additionally, Palmer "liked the parallel between Dresden (destruction) and Dolls (innocence, delicacy), because it is very much in keeping with the dynamics of the music, which sometimes goes from a childlike whisper to a banshee scream within a few seconds.

Friday 27th January 2012 - Auckland – The Powerstation – tickets available from

Saturday 28th January 2012 - Wellington – The Opera House – tickets available from


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