Dan Black Premieres New Songs At Le Baron in New York

Posted by The G on December 4, 2012 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

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Dan Black

Dan Black

Dan Black is back!  The British singer made his return to the live stage after a 2 year absence (where does the time go?!) on December 3, 2012 at Le Baron in New York as part of the Absolut Encore Series at Le Baron Chinatown.  He performed a 10 song set that mixed old songs and also debuted 4 new tracks.  Dan Black fans will be happy to know that his new material is upbeat and catchy and will please those like me who love his debut album “((Un)).”

Dan Black

Dan Black

Backed with a 2 piece band (who wore a rabbit and bear mask, respectively), Dan Black premiered (and these titles are tentative) “Plastic Heart,” “Blown Away” “Let Me Get Back,” and “Hot in There.”  The packed house loved what they heard and Dan Black was very happy to have received such a positive response.  The set was not all new material however, and he also played “Symphonies,”  “U + Me,” “Pump My Pumps,” “Ecstasy,” “Alone” and his funky cover of Missy Elliot’s “Pass That Dutch.”

Dan Black

Dan Black

I spoke with Dan after the show and he divulged the following information – he’s married with a baby boy (side note: he introduced me to his wife and she was just lovely); they live in France; and most importantly – the new album will be released in the Spring of 2013 (and first single to come in January 2013) with a tour to follow.  I can’t wait!  Thanks Dan for another great show and we will see you in 2013!

The setlist was:

Plastic Heart (New Song)

U + Me


Blown Away (New Song)

Pump My Pumps

Let Me Get Back (New Song)

Pass That Dutch

Hot in There (New Song)




An Encounter with Peter Hook (of Joy Division and New Order)

Posted by The G on December 5, 2010 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Peter Hook (of Joy Division and New Order) and G

Peter Hook!  He co-founded Joy Division which later morphed into New Order – 2 of my favorite bands!  He was in New York to perform the entire Joy Division album “Unknown Pleasures.”  Prior to the show, I met the legend and he was so nice!  It was very chilly out and he signed 8 New Order CD covers for me! My friend, who is an even bigger JD and NO fan than I, asked him to sign quite a few more things and he gave one of the best replies I’ve EVER heard when it comes to signing autographs.  He said “I’ll sign until I get bored.”  The boredom point was after 16 things!  Wow!  To be that much of a legend and to be so nice makes me love him a million times more (please take note C-list rock stars who will never accomplish a quarter of the things Peter Hook has!)  All I can say to Peter Hook is THANK YOU once again.  You really made my night!

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