Olivia Rodrigo to Do Intimate Performance of ‘Guts’ in L.A. This Week

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Olivia Rodrigo may spill just a little more of her guts at a one-off performance in downtown Los Angeles this week, as American Express announced Sunday morning that the singer-songwriter is set to do an intimate show for its cardholders at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday night.

Said cardholders will have to be quick on the draw. Following the 9 a.m. Sunday announcement, tickets for “An Evening With Olivia Rodrigo” are set to go on sale to AmEx members just an hour later, at 10 a.m. PT Sunday, via AXS, at this link. Tickets are $25 and will benefit Fund 4 Good, the singer’s new nonprofit.

All is not lost for fans who don’t nab tickets for the show in the 1,600-seat former movie palace. The performance will be filmed and made available to the public as a stream that will go up on Rodrigo’s YouTube channel, beginning Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, staying up on the platform through Thursday.

Rodrigo will perform numbers from her recent “Guts” album and share stories behind the writing of the songs. Although AmEx has not confirmed other details of her performance, it’s expected to be a solo show — a la a fuller version of the three-song set that Rodrigo performed accompanying herself on piano or guitar at the Grammy Museum last week.

AmEx is describing the show at the ornate Theatre at Ace Hotel (formerly the United Artists Theatre, in its 1930s-forward heyday) as an “immersive concert experience” that will “bring some of ‘Guts’ most iconic moments to life” with Instagram-ready photo opportunities, including a representation of the “Bad Idea Right?” music video.

The event is part of AmEx’s Member Week, akin to the Jack Harlow performance produced under that umbrella in New York last year.

The start of Rodrigo’s world tour with her band remains months away. It’s slated to kick off at the Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs on Feb. 23, 2024, and wrap up with a four-night stand at the Kia Forum in L.A. Aug. 13-14 and 16-17. Eighteen additional shows were added five days after the initial Sept. 13 tour announcement, including the doubling of her L.A. Forum run. All tour dates quickly sold out.

Read Variety‘s report about her visit this past week to the Grammy Museum (where she was interviewed by Linda Perry) and see a clip of her performance of “Lacy” here.

“Guts” currently sits at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in its third chart week, after debuting in September with a strong 302,000 units. It’s expected to be among the front-runners for the 2024 Grammys. Reviews have been enthusiastic across the board, with Variety writing, “Two years of maturation have not done anything to put a dent in how much accomplished and rocking fun her music was right out of the gate. Is it one of the year’s canniest, most delightful albums, again? Of course it is.”

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