the set list from the heartbreak hotel show, and pictures, and more



stuck in tampa because snow in boston. I AM NOT COMPLAINING.


first off!!!! watch for the USA tour that is JUST ABOUT to be announced….only 8 days in the continental US, plus a special

david byrne tribute show and a writing lecture in NYC….and as usual, those on the mailing list will get FIRST CRACK. (join here)


second off!!! the boston (ahem, SOMERVILLE) shows sold FAST!

night #2 (march 5) is sold out and night #1 (feb 26th) has literally a handful of tickets left: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/amanda-fucking-palmer-pwr-bttm-tickets-15565977257

i expect they’ll disappear by the end of today. go grab!!!


third off!!! we went to visit the fagins in sarasota (some of my favorite gaiman relatives EVER) and now my soul is healed.

if this couple does not inspire you to love, i do not know what or who can.

helen fagin, 97, warsaw ghetto survivor, political activist, holocaust scholar. still reads the new york times every day over coffee.

sidney fagin, 93, stone sculptor since retirement. leaned over to me during lunch and said


“i can’t hear what helen is saying to you, but it doesn’t matter, because we don’t have two souls, we have one soul.

so whatever she’s saying, i’m saying”.




fourth off, speaking of love:


the HEARTBREAK HOTEL show in tampa two nights ago was AMAZING…..








  1. NEIL + AMANDA sing makin whoopee (with ukulele! kahn/donaldson cover, from “an evening with neil gaiman and amanda palmer” http://amandapalmer.net/music/an-evening-with-neil-gaiman-and-amanda-palmer/)


  1. AMANDA plays “i want you, but i don’t need you” on piano (momus cover, from “an evening with neil gaiman and amanda palmer”….link above)


  1. NEIL discusses the shooting that just occurred in denmark http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/14/copenhagen-cartoonist-charlie-hebdo-style-attack: reads “credo” (http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/jan/19/response-to-paris-terror-attack-chris-riddell-neil-gaiman-in-pictures)


  1. NEIL reads “feminine endings” (from Trigger Warning, neil’s new short story collection:  http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062330260)


  1. NEIL reads the “will you marry me” neil/amanda bit from “the art of asking” (my book: http://amandapalmer.net/theartofasking/)


  1. AMANDA plays “ampersand” on piano (from “who killed amanda palmer”: http://amandapalmer.net/music/who-killed-amanda-palmer-stream/)


  1. AMANDA reads “anthony was my best friend / dog sitting on a nail” story from “the art of asking” (link above)


  1. AMANDA plays “delilah” on piano (from the dresden doll’s “yes, virginia”: youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnnMad3c9y4)


  1. NEIL hints at publishing a poetry book, people squee, NEIL reads short poems “Post Mortem of Our Love”, “Huge Moments of Surprise that Leave You Wrecked”, (unpublished) and “The Day The Saucers Came” (published: http://booksjadore.com/2014/03/20/the-day-the-saucers-came-neil-gaiman/) …..then reads “down to a sunless sea” from Trigger Warning (link above)


  1. NEIL plays piano (!!!!) while AMANDA reads her own poem called “brokenheart stew” (from “an evening with….” link above)


  1. NEIL + AMANDA take questions from the audience about penises, beekeeping, love and heartbreak and read audience’s “worst valentine’s ever” stories (there was a box in the lobby)


  1. AMANDA plays ukulele and provides back-up vocals while NEIL sings “luckiest guy on the lower east side” cover by the magnetic fields: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCxd62yzoOs)


—-INTERMISSION, people rush out to get wine and buy beautiful poster by p. craig russell—–




  1. AMANDA reads two heartbreaking poems that were suggested and upvoted on facebook during the show, one by WH Auden and one by Sylvia Plath. NEIL warns audience members below balcony to beware of falling bodies during the Plath poem (https://www.facebook.com/amandapalmer/posts/10152820918098375)


  1. AMANDA plays “i used to say i love you” on piano (robyn hitchcock cover….original here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wrf472kMLU)


  1. NEIL reads “october tale” from the “a calendar of tales” project: https://soundcloud.com/a-calendar-of-tales/october  ….then reads two more unpublished poems: “It Must Be Love”, “The Long Run” …..then reads the “taking turns puking sushi/post-mortem on abortion/’can you show me for When You Ask for The Things’ section of “the art of asking”


  1. AMANDA plays “the bed song” on piano (from “theatre is evil”: http://shop.amandapalmer.net/collections/digital/products/theatre-is-evil)


  1. NEIL + AMANDA take more questions about beekeeping, penises, love, age gaps in relationships, and read more heartbreaking valentine’s stories….


6.  AMANDA plays “coin-operated boy”, declaring it “the loneliest song she’s ever written) on piano (from the dresden dolls’ eponymous album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAnyYTjjhJ0)




7. NEIL sings “I google you” with AMANDA on piano (words by neil gaiman, music by amanda, from “an evening with….” link above)


more pics by CA bridges! http://cabridges.com/2015/02/15/heartbreak-hotel-spending-valentines-day-with-neil-and-amanda/


A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO LLYOD, the tech director who decorated the stage LITERALLY with HIS OWN LIVING ROOM and childhood books! and to THE TAMPA THEATER who were so wonderful to work with, and to INKWOOD BOOKS for vending our books at the show!!!



the house music we chose, make your own heartbreaking playlist!!!

(if anyone WANTs to make this into a playlist on youtube/spotify, got for it, let me know in comments or on twitter so i can share the link):


papa was a rodeo – the magnetic fields (NEIL’S CHOICE)

do you love me? – nick cave (AMANDA’S CHOICE)

andrew in drag – the magnetic fields (NEIL)

ain’t no cure for love – leonard cohen (AMANDA)

unworthy of your love – steven sondheim (NEIL)

tainted love – soft cell (AMANDA)

you don’t even know me – al stewart (NEIL)

the organ donor’s march – kim boekbinder (AMANDA)

ever fallen in love – thea gilmore (NEIL)

heartbreaker – pat benatar (AMANDA)

good year for the roses – george jones (NEIL)

i don’t want to set the word on fire – the ink spots (AMANDA)

cry cry cry – johnny cash (NEIL)

do you take it in the ass? – the wet spots (AMANDA & NEIL)

another nail in my heart – squeeze (AMANDA)


it’s called a heart – depeche mode (AMANDA)

you little fool – elvis costello (NEIL)

erase me – ben folds (AMANDA)

shop vac – jonathan coulton (NEIL)

here comes the sun – steve harley & cockney rebel (NEIL, with AMANDA going “WHY?”, and NEIL going “we need something hopeful” and AMANDA shaking her head)

blue bayou – roy orbison (NEIL)

my best friend’s girl – the cars (AMANDA)

why don’t you love me like you used to do – elvis costello (NEIL, with AMANDA wishing we had time to download the red hot chili peppers version)

when u were mine – cyndi lauper (AMANDA, who would like to point out that this song was written by PRINCE)

still alive (feat sara quin) – jonathan coulton (NEIL)

all you need is love  – the vienna boys choir (AMANDA, getting NEIL back for the other hopeful beatles song)

sea of heartbreak (feat bruce springsteen) – rosanne cash (NEIL)

walk away from love – yaz (or if you’re british, yazoo) (AMANDA)

heartaches by number (feat elvis costello) – roseanne cash (NEIL)

artificial heart – jonathan coulton (NEIL)

you broke my heart – lavender diamond (AMANDA)


AND for those WANTING, there were a few hundred posters left….we will put them for sale online within a few weeks, stay tuned.




then i went off to do a signing at inkwood yesterday.



who does that? THEY DO. they are amazing.


here’s some pictures from the signing:




nomming st vincent:




ampersand tattoo:






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  • Danny Bocanegra

    Thank you, Amanda. I adore your description of Helen & Sidney Fagin … and THIS: “i can’t hear what helen is saying to you, but it doesn’t matter, because we don’t have two souls, we have one soul.so whatever she’s saying, i’m saying”.

    *tear drops falling into my coffee*

  • Amanda Ned

    All I ask of Vancouver is “The Bed Song”… I am so F’n excited!

  • Nedra

    Saturday, April 11:: NEW ORLEANS – Civic Theater!!!! Can’t wait! All ages too!

  • delicateillusion

    Amanda I’m terrible at asking for anything for myself but I’ll go through hell to see my amazing daughter smile… Please please please come to Detroit! She learned of you from me and is now more knowledgeable about you and your amazing career than most! I’m asking and hoping you could come to somewhere close so that I can get her to you… oxo

  • Terry Ortiz

    Thank you for posting a wonderfully comprehensive and visually-packed recap of the event. This is the first time I’ve gone to see a live show with you in it (a rather unique show at that), and I was absolutely blown away by how much love you and your fans share. Meeting the Bride outside the show was a beautiful and unsettling experience.

    The day after at Inkwood was tons of fun. We shared libations at the front and passed the glasses down the line. I wish I could’ve stayed, but the line was long and we had to get back to Miami for work on Monday. I made some new great friends. Something I can’t say for every show/meeting I’ve been to.

    Despite all the various things I’ve read on the Internet (a lot of awful things unfortunately), and having met you in person, I can safely say they’re writing about someone else in another galaxy. The level of intensity and sincerity shows it, and it’s obvious how much you and Neil love each other. No more needs to be said really. It’s truly beautiful to be a part of the experience.

    From a fellow Dotz fan: Canta Mientras Puedas and it’s a long way to Andromeda, but I know I’ll meet you there someday.

    P.S. I’ll bring you some more homemade soap (bust out the crockpot and saponify those fatty acids!)

    • Rebecca

      Hey, we were next to each other in line! … Hi!!

      • Terry Ortiz

        Hi to you too!

  • http://burnsthefire.com/ Burns the Fire

    So excited and inspired by you and Neil, the Fagins, the art and music, the heart and soul, the soaring words words words and the love above all. Thank you!!

  • Brian Williams

    Had one of the best times in years at the show. Love to both of you.

  • Shae

    I just want to say thanks again for the great weekend! My boyfren and I had an amazing time at the show and then meeting you the next day. I hadn’t put thought to what I was going to say until literally 2 minutes before meeting you. I mumbled something lame along the lines of, “I loved your book; it made me laugh and cry,” and what I really meant to say was, “Reading your book made me feel like a friend was sharing her own personal adventures and thoughts with me. The way you phrased some things made me cackle in delight and extremely personal and heartbreaking moments had me curling into myself crying because of how relatable and emotional they were written. Thank you for creating such an amazing gift.”
    And really, the flowers were amazing. I’m pressing both mine and my boyfren’s so they can be placed into our scrapbook along with the photo you took with us.

  • Roberta Zisman

    What a gift that you two still have Helen and Sidney with you!

  • Amber Shores

    Hi Amanda! I wasn’t able to make it, but my pal Sergio was…. and he brought me back the best goody a gal could ask for… Thank you so much for signing my book. I AM gonna go to Australia♡♡♡ -Amber

  • William Lloyd Pearson

    Aw, shucks.

  • Emily

    I am sooo o o o sad I couldn’t see you in Tampa :'( btw that pic of you nomming st vincent is one of my best friends kevin!!!!

  • Ruth Morton

    I immediately messaged my daughter in ATL and told her she MUST go to your show. MUST! I can’t wait for her to be in your presence and feel the love. I feel it and I’ve never even seen you, but I’ve read the book and listened to the music and we are just fine, thank you very much!

  • Amy McLaughlin

    Hah, the alcohol. It was a great time. Those girls were funny and lovely. A breath of fresh air.

  • EBro

    I wasn’t able to view this sooner (so many people reading! Haha). I’d like to say 1. Neil on piano was excellent and 2. I really did want a poster, because it was one of the most meaningful performances I’ve attended. I re-remembered that good art is my church. Thank you <3 stay warm!

  • lentower

    Best @neilsbearditslf yet !!!

  • Rebecca

    I was there for the signing (not the show), and I just finished your book as well as writing you a very long personal letter in response to it. I’d like to deliver the letter to you and maybe even get coffee or something if you’re going to be in Tampa a bit longer. I could take you the real Florida, a natural spring or something, if you’re looking for a real Floridian time. It’d mean the world to me, but I understand too if you can’t. I’m @rnmckinnon on Twitter and have a website with other ways to get in touch – rnmckinnon dot com. Lots of love and sunshine your way – hopefully this rain stops tomorrow :)