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Melissa Etheridge to perform epic show at Red Butte Wednesday

Published June 12, 2012 12:04 pm

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If you need another incentive to see Melissa Etheridge at Red Butte Garden on Wednesday, I've been told that she will go on stage around 7:15 and play for a whopping 135 minutes.

As of last Wednesday, there were only a "limited" amount of Melissa Etheridge tickets left, according to Red Butte Garden's ticketing website, so act quickly if you want to see the 51-year-old firebrand who embodies the adjective of her 2010 album, "Fearless Love." This weekend, Etheridge will play her first Pride event in Pittsburgh, but adjectives about her personal life are irrelevant when listening to the album. In a phone interview, Etheridge said the album's producer, John Shanks, helped convince her that she will always have the attitude of a rocker, so her music should reflect that. (Her previous studio album. "The Awakening," was more bluesy and contemplative.) The title track for the album references the first time Etheridge kissed a girl. The singer said she saw the song, as well as the album, as a liberating and further expression of who she is — while still rocking, she said.When • Wednesday, June 13, at 7:15 p.m.Where • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake CityTickets • $57 for Garden members, $62 for others, at redbuttegarden.org