Photos by G.
Manchester’s Elbow played a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York, on September 25, 2011. Before you read on, if you don’t know Elbow’s music, you are doing your ears a great disservice. Their 2008 album “The Seldom Seen Kid” is a masterpiece, according2g and it ranks up there with my favorite albums of all time. It’s been about 2 years since Elbow played in New York and I forgot how funny lead singer Guy Garvey is. In between songs, he talks to the crowd, flirts with some of the pretty ladies in the front and tells funny anecdotes. At the end of the show, he expressed his gratitude for getting the opportunity to play for us and even went so far as calling the 5,000 capacity venue a bunch of “lovely fuckers.” Classic! It was quite an emotional roller coaster for me because at times I was laughing and at times I was crying. I just happen to think that so many of their songs are so beautiful – almost too beautiful to be real – and hearing them live was a little to heavy for my emotions to take.
Aside from “Puncture Repair” and “Great Expectations” from their 2005 album “Leaders of the Free World,” Elbow stuck to playing songs off “The Seldom Seen Kid” and their latest album “Build a Rocket Boys!” From “The Seldom Seen Kid,” they played “Starlings,” “The Bones Of You,” “Mirrorball,” “Grounds For Divorce,” “Weather To Fly,” “The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver,” and “One Day Like This,” which was the epic final song of the night. A video will be coming soon, so stick around for that. From “Build A Rocket Boys!” they played “The Birds” “Lippy Kids,” “Neat Little Rows,” “The Night Will Always Win,” “The River” and “Open Arms.” The band sounds fantastic, Guy Garvey’s voice sounds as great as it does on the albums and Garvey is so animated on stage. He induced many sing-a-longs, arm waves from side to side and got the crowd to throw their hands in the air many times. I am already having Elbow withdrawal and I hope they come back soon because they are absolutely sensational. Thanks Elbow for an epic night!
See the set list after the jump.