On April 30, 2010 the Gossip played a sold-out show at New York’s Terminal 5. Lead singer Beth Ditto explains to the crowd that the band recently missed out on playing Saturday Night Live due to the Icelandic volcano eruption and flight cancellation aftermath. As you’ll see from the following video, Beth Ditto really wants to meet Tina Fey. I think we can make Beth’s wish come true. Forward this to all your celebrity friends and let’s get the word out to Tina Fey.
On April 30, 2010, The Phenomenal Handclap Band opened for Gossip at New York’s Terminal 5. The band is an 8-piece outfit from New York. They played both instrumentals and songs with vocals and everyone in the band traded turns singing or harmonizing. Their music ranged from funk, psychedelic rock, disco, electro, and prog rock most songs had the sold-out venue dancing like it was the last day of earth. As the name of the band suggests, there were many parts where audience participation was needed for hand clapping as directed by the band. We happily obliged. Also as the name of the band suggests, they were phenomenal. Expect to hear big things from this band. Our friends over at RCRD LBL have a free mp3 of The Phenomenal Handclap Band’s track “You’ll Disappear,” so check it out before the mp3 disappears.
On April 30, 2010, Baltimore based rapper Rye Rye (ne’ Ryeisha Barrain) opened for Gossip at New York’s Terminal 5. Backed by 2 dancers and a DJ, Rye Rye rapped and danced for her entire 40 minute set. I was exhausted just from watching her as she rapped and danced pretty fast. She definitely got the sold-out crowd a little hot and sweaty to prepare us for Gossip. Though her music would have probably not hooked me in, if I were to listen to that device that some call a radio, seeing her live turned me into a fan. She was really great. The only thing I didn’t care for was that her DJ got on the microphone to say “New York, make some noise!” about every 20 seconds throughout the entire set, which prompted the drunk girls next to me to follow that with “Baltimoooooore!” or “B. Mooooooore” every time. Some fun facts about Rye Rye: she’s signed to MIA’s label N.E.E.T. Records, a division of Interscope and her debut album is set for release before the end of the summer. The album is set to be called “Go! Pop! Bang!” Look for it.
See the set list and another picture of Rye Rye after the jump.
On April 30, 2010, The Gossip played a sold-out show at New York’s Terminal 5. This is my 3rd time seeing Beth Ditto and company perform (the other 2 times were pre-According2g). I think they are fantastic! They unfortunately suffer from what I call “Scissor Sisters Syndrome,” which means they sell out large venues all over Europe and in their home country of the United States, for reasons I can’t figure out, they have not achieved super-star status. Beth Ditto has an amazing voice and her energy on stage is hard to beat. The last time I saw The Gossip, I was about 5 rows back from the stage and while the crowd was pretty rowdy throughout the show, all hell broke loose during their cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” It was truly a sight to behold. Before the band hit the stage, Mr. Showbiz himself, Murray Hill introduced The Gossip. They played classic songs “Standing In The Way Of Control,” “Listen Up,” “Yr Mangled Heart” and new songs off their latest release ‘Music For Men,’ such as “Pop Goes The World,” “Heavy Cross,” and “Dimestore Diamond.” I’m sure the full set list will circulate shortly and when it does, I’ll update this post. (See below for the update.) In between songs, Beth Ditto mentioned attending the Hole concert which happened earlier in the week at the same venue. She sang a brief a cappella version of “Live Through This,” and she also mentioned that the recent Icelandic volcano disaster forced them to cancel an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Hopefully that will be rescheduled, because I am not one to Gossip, but I think if a wider audience gets the opportunity to hear this band, they will learn what myself and the crowd at Terminal 5 already know – this band kicks ass!
Standing in the way of control.
See more pictures of the fabulous Beth Ditto and the set list after the jump.