Rufus Wainwright Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


21st November 2014

Fact: Singer Rufus Wainwright is launching his own cell phone app featuring video clips, exclusive photographs, ticket pre-sales and chats.


26th March 2012

Fact: Gay singer Rufus Wainwright will marry his longterm partner Jorn Weisbrodt in New York in August (12), 14 months after officials made it legal for same-sex couples to wed in the state.


20th March 2012

Fact: Rufus Wainwright and his sister Martha will perform songs by their late mother, folk icon Kate MCGarrigle, following the world premiere of the documentary Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You at the inaugural Sundance London festival next month (Apr12).


24th December 2011

Quote: "We always sang a lot in our home in general, up in Canada, and we're from Montreal and basically, Santa Claus keeps an apartment there. It's pretty Christmas-y. We've always had a lot of good music in the house all throughout the year. But honestly, there's something about walking outdoors and there's pine trees and a foot of snow that drives sort of a Christmas aesthetic." Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright loves his native Montreal at Christmas.


29th June 2010

Quote: "I've been thinking of trying my hand at rap. I've been recording snippets on my Blackberry." Singer Rufus Wainwright is eyeing a career change.


29th June 2010

Quote: "In Canada I had a strict piano teacher who was a nun and even now when I make a mistake I imagine the nun will come out and spank me." Singer Rufus Wainwright still lives in fear of his childhood music tutor.


14th April 2010

Quote: "There was a period when it happened. I have some funny stories. There's one where a high-end, Fifth Avenue society woman started hitting on me. She was in her thirties, and I was, like, 20. She got really trashed and said, 'You know, girls like it up the wazoo, too!'" Gay singer Rufus Wainwright had to fight off women eager to turn him 'straight'.


20th October 2009

Fact: Rufus Wainwright will take the stage with stars including Boy George, Ed Harcourt and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey at his upcoming Christmas concert in London. A Not So Silent Night will take place at the British capital's Royal Albert Hall on 9 December (09).


7th October 2009

Quote: "There are all these amazing pictures of her looking at me all googly-eyed. Thank God I'm gay, or I may not be here now!" Even gay singer Rufus Wainwright falls victim to the womanly charms of Scarlett Johansson, who took in his show at New York's Carnegie Hall on Saturday (03Oct09).


8th December 2008

Quote: "Considering the amount of work that's gone into putting on this Christmas show, when it's over I will probably convert to Hasidic Judaism." Rufus Wainwright has been put off the Christian holiday after rushing to prepare his festive show at New York's Carnegie Hall in December (08).


27th April 2008

Quote: "I've written songs for so many years, that it's basically become a bodily function." Rufus Wainwright is a songwriting machine.


21st December 2007

Quote: "I think a lot of pop is based on foundations that have already been built.... I mean, they're all very strong... But it's like building a ruin on a ruin! There's no height to any of it." American singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright on the limitations of pop music.


20th November 2007

Fact: Belinda Carlisle and Rufus Wainwright will turn Los Angeles into Paris, France on New Year's Eve (31Dec07) with a performance of classic French cabaret tunes at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The duo will be joined by French musicians and dancers.


21st September 2007

Quote: "I consider myself a musical ambulance. When the kids are tired of being raped by rock, they can come and see me for a break." Singer Rufus Wainwright is the music world's resident healer.


8th August 2007

Fact: Rufus Wainwright is giving fans the chance to perform live on stage during his world tour later this year (07). The prize is for posting the best rendition of the spoken-word section of his song BETWEEN MY LEGS on YouTube.


9th July 2007

Quote: "The sun always comes out when I play here. I'm the cloud of global warming. F**k global warming." Rufus Wainwright brought sunshine to Ireland's Oxegen festival last weekend (07-08Jul07).


23rd June 2007

Quote: "I'm going camping in a different way." Gay folk singer Rufus Wainwright has no plans to go sleep in a tent at English music festival Glastonbury.


19th June 2007

Quote: "I was a really toe-tappin', tap-dancin' gay toddler. I daydreamed about being in THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT with Judy Garland or a swimming routine with ESTHER WILLIAMS." Singer Rufus Wainwright can trace his gay roots right back to his days as a youngster.


14th June 2007

Fact: Cult rocker Rufus Wainwright pays tribute to folk legend LINDA THOMPSON on new song BEAUTY, which features on his new album VERSATILE HEART, released in August (07).


29th April 2007

Quote: "It's great to be here in the desert, where all the rejects had to go and the Jews and the homosexuals." Gay singer Rufus Wainwright on performing at the Coachella Festival in the Californian desert.


19th April 2007

Quote: "The first time was a disaster. He was very happy. The second time I totally stole the show and afterwards he said, 'Rufus you're never opening for me again.'" Rufus Wainwright has not supported his father, Loudon, in concert since.


20th February 2007

Fact: Rufus Wainwright is writing an opera called PRIMA DONNA for New York's Metropolitan Opera. The project is expected to be completed in two years (09).


25th October 2006

Fact: Singer Rufus Wainwright will perform Judy Garland's 1961 album CARNEGIE HALL in its entirety at a London gig in February (07)


8th February 2006

Fact: <p>Beastie Boys, Justin Timberlake and Rufus Wainwright are among the stars helping to rebuild New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - by selling their autographed photos on internet auction site eBay. All proceeds will go to the Habitat For Humanity International fundraiser's Operation Home Delivery campaign. </p>


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