Photos by G except where noted.
O M G! The last time I saw Grace Jones in concert, it blew my mind on such an epic scale, I knew I had to witness her next show from the front row. Best decision I’ve made in a long time! Grace Jones performed a one-off, way sold out show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on October 27, 2012.
Grace Jones is such an amazing performer, it’s hard to put into words just how incredible she is. The show was filled with costume changes, head piece changes, great songs, wind machines, laser lights and confetti! She kicked things off around 9:30 pm with her cover of Iggy Pop’s “Nightclubbing.” The lights were dark except for a hat she wore that had lights swirling around her. “This is the Life” from her most recent album “Hurricane” followed and thus began the costume changes. Towards the end of each song, she ran backstage and changed head pieces. Deafening applause could be heard and Grace told the adoring crowd, “I love you already.”
“My Jamaican Guy” was next and Grace talked about drinking her favorite Jamaican cocktail. Speaking of cock, Grace also pointed out “I really need to suck dick.” The show could have ended there and it would have made my night, but it kept on rolling!
She did the not often performed “Private Life,” next followed by a cover of “Demolition Man” (originally recorded by The Police) and “Libertango (I’ve Seen That Face Before).”
She spoke to the audience in French before launching into Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose,” where she missed her cue and started the song from the middle. She was holding back the laughter and started the song over again. A 13 minute video will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
“Well Well Well” and “Williams Blood” from “Hurricane” were next, and yes, she addressed the fact that New York is threatened with an impending hurricane, due to hit the North East as early as Sunday night. The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette” was next, which featured Grace reflecting light off a shiny ring on her finger. The light show was about to get even more awesome as she performed “Love is the Drug” by Roxy Music wearing a sparkly hat with laser lights reflecting off it.
“Pull Up To The Bumper” was next and Grace jumped into the pit and started dancing with the front row. Little did I know what was about to happen next. She got right in front of me and we locked eyes and she told me to get onto the stage. When Grace Jones tells you to get on stage, you do not question it! You do as you are told by Miss Grace Jones!!! The next thing I knew, security guards lifted me onto the stage and there I was dancing with Grace Jones! (see first photo). It’s all a blur from that point on, but from what I am told, I looked pretty good out there holding my own with the fiercest woman on the planet! I was wearing Penguin Prison’s T-shirt “Don’t Fuck With My Money” and Grace Jones announced to the crowd, “I want that shirt.” I did what anyone in their right mind would do, I gave Grace Jones the shirt off my back – literally! OMG! Off stage, Grace told me to wait backstage for her after the show, so I didn’t get to see the last few songs “Feel Up,” “Slave to The Rhythm” (where she performed it whilst hoola hooping!) and the finale “Hurricane.”
Once the show was over, I was hanging out backstage and Grace was super cool. We took a photo together and she autographed a couple of CDs that I had brought with me. I am not sure I will ever get over such a cool and unexpected surprise as this, so Grace, my new friend – THANK YOU!!!!
Wow! What an amazing night!