I find it funny that the one song I chose to record for blog posterity encapsulates all the best parts of the Psychedelic Furs show at Irving Plaza on June 4, 2010 in New York. You’ll see a wonderful sax solo from Mars Williams and most importantly, you’ll hear Richard Butler’s amazing vocals. As the video opens, Richard Butler is jumping up and down as he did quite often through the show. Could there be anything more precious? I think not. As I previously mentioned, the Psychedelic Furs rocked!
The sound is not the best on this video, but I think it’s good enough to get the flavor of what to expect when you see them live. This is what they looked like from my vantage point in the front row, center stage.
On June 4, 2010, rockers She Wants Revenge opened for the Psychedelic Furs at New York’s Irving Plaza. The sold out crowd had a pretty nice distribution of fans of both acts and it was pretty easy to spot who came to see which band. All the overweight guys with Duran Duran T-shirts were there for the Pfurs and all the young girls with way too much makeup on and very tight clothing were there for She Wants Revenge. I, of course, am a music slut and I was there for both acts and I loved every second of the evening. Lead singer Justin Warfield mentioned that he was very grateful to get the chance to open for one of his favorite bands and to celebrate, he rocked the house! They played their hits “Out of Control” and “Tear You Apart,” as well as 4 new songs: “Kiss Me,” “Suck It Up,” “Maybe She’s Right,” and “Some Girls, Some Boys.” She Wants Revenge hit the stage around 9 pm and they finished just over an hour later. Thanks to Justin Warfield for handing me the set list at the conclusion of their rockin’ set. I am really looking forward to their next album, if the songs they played tonight are an indication of things to come. One interesting anecdote from the show – I was in my usual spot, front row center, and a few songs into the set, some drunken asshole tried to push his way to the front. The woman behind me was not having it and she told the drunk guy to beat it. Well he did. He punched the woman in the face! It took the bumbling security guards a full song to eject the guy and when they finally came over to “help,” they didn’t believe the woman and started yelling at her. She yelled back, and rightfully so. She was escorted out as well, even though she did nothing wrong, other than tell the protectors of our safety what a bunch of idiots they are! Security fail!
See more pictures as well as the set list after the jump.
On June 4, 2010, The Psychedelic Furs rocked the socks off of New York at Irving Plaza. It’s hard to believe that the band has been around since 1977, because they looked and sounded as fresh as ever. Front-man Richard Butler jumped around on the stage throughout the entire 90 minute set and his unmistakable voice was as perfect as it is on record. The Furs took the stage at 10:30 PM and played until midnight. Opening with “Love My Way,” the show just seemed to get better by the song. Though he didn’t say much in between songs, Richard Butler let the music do all the talking and talk, talk, talk it did! Saxophone player Mars Williams played a few solos that were absolutely incredible. In fact, you can see one of the solos on a video I took of “All This And Nothing,” which will be forthcoming – stay tuned! The band ran through hits such as “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “Sister Europe,” as well as their cover of Roxy Music’s “Pyjamarama.” While they didn’t play “Heartbreak Beat” or “India,” the sold-out crowd definitely got their money’s worth. What a night!
Richard Butler and Mars Williams
See more pictures as well as the set list, after the jump.
The other night when I got home from the Crystal Castles show, I was so discombobulated with my pants falling down after some lady grabbed my belt so as not to get swallowed up by the moshing crowd, I forgot to post one of my favorite photos of the night – the merchandise that was for sale at the show. The center T-shirt is a Mr. Brainwash-inspired Madonna image and the image on the very left is a sad face.
Speaking of sad faces, I came across this picture on the web that was taken by photographer Ryan Muir. In it, you can see me (I’m about 4th from the left) imitating two of the T-shirts that were for sale that night.
Unhappy G getting crushed in the front row at Crystal Castles.
On April 14, 2010, Travis Egedy aka Pictureplane took the stage to warm up the rowdy sold-out crowd for Crystal Castles at the Fillmore East in New York. His music can be described as “dark synth pop.” His stage show can be described as a deleted scene from “Eyes Wide Shut.” After the first song, a woman in a white dress (later identified as “the librarian”) walked out on stage and started thumbing through a book. She then started writing on some of the pages, tore them out, and threw them into the crowd. Perhaps the ecstasy was kicking in by this point because the people in the front were clamoring to grab them as if they were unreleased pages of the manuscript from the “Twilight” series!
The Librarian on stage with Pictureplay.
To make things even more bizarre, another man (later identified as “the alchemist”) walked out onto the stage and started emptying out bottles of baby powder on the stage and then took a whip and started whipping the baby powder into the air. The next thing you knew, the entire room was engulfed in a cloud of baby powder. The audience didn’t quite know how to react. As this was my first time seeing Pictureplane, I wasn’t sure if I should be enjoying myself or trying to figure out a way to send him my dry-cleaning bill. After several minutes of this, the crowd was no longer amused. When Pictureplane announced he was leaving the stage, thunderous applause were heard in the Fillmore East. When the lights came back on, an obviously irritated road crew cleaned up the mess.
The Alchemist on the far right. Baby powder gives this photo a "rain effect."