Anthems about heartbreak will never go out of style.
On Tuesday night at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour tour event, the “good 4 u” singer shocked fans by bringing out Alanis Morissette, whom she has always described as one of her main influences.
The stars jammed out to “You Oughta Know,” a 1995 smash by Alanis Morissette, one of Rodrigo’s “favourite breakup songs.” Morissette, 47, rushed out after her introduction and took the first verse, pre-chorus, and chorus before Rodrigo, 19, joined in.
They sang, “And I’m here to remind you/Of the mess you left behind when you went gone.” “You, you, you oughta know/not It’s fair to deny me/Of the cross you given to me/You, you, you oughta know.”
“That’s definitely the craziest thing that’s ever occurred to me,” Rodrigo exclaimed afterward.
She went on to say, “She’s such an angel.”
Rodrigo and Morissette were featured in Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issue in October. They bonded over their critically acclaimed heartache albums, Rodrigo’s Sour and Morissette’s 1995 record Jagged Little Pill, during their talk.
“I believe that love, hatred, and pain are energy that change worlds,” remarked Morissette. “If something is stuck, they open things up and start the currents going again.”
Rodrigo opened the show with a high-energy rendition of “brutal,” and she sang every song on her first album Sour throughout the show, including a medley of “1 step forward, 3 steps back” and “enough for you.” She also performed a cover of “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne, another of her favourite punk princesses.
Rodrigo became tearful after her initial performance as she recalled how her parents would “travel for hours” to get her to acting courses in Los Angeles.
“After every class, we’d go for a hike in Griffith Park, and I’d always point at the Greek Theatre and tell my mom and dad, ‘One day, I’m going to play there.'”
Rodrigo spoke out about the horrible Texas Robb Elementary School massacre that occurred earlier in the day, which murdered 19 children and two adults as of Tuesday night, in between songs “hope ur fine” and “happier.”
She said, “I was really upset by the shooting that happened today.” “In institutions dedicated to our learning and growth, we should never have to fear about our safety or life. This is such a heartbreaking reality for us to be living in. We need more stringent gun controls.”
Rodrigo waved goodbye as she finished her first of two nights at the Greek Theatre with an encore performance of “good 4 u.” Purple confetti rained down as Rodrigo waved goodbye.