BOY GEORGE! Performing a way sold out show on April 22, 2014 at New York’s Irving Plaza, Boy George took to the Manhattan stage for the first time in over a decade (not counting DJ gigs) and it was a night to remember! Kicking off the show by playing his new album “This is What I Do,” Boy George played a beefy 24 song set that covered the musical gamut from reggae to country and back to rock, covers from Yoko Ono (“Death of Samantha”) and Bread (“Everything I Own”) to Lou Reed (“Satellite of Love”), T. Rex (“Get it On (Bang A Gong)” and Bob Dylan (“It Ain’t Me Babe” and “Make You Feel My Love”) plus a handful of Culture Club classics (“Church of the Poison Mind,” “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” “Victims” and his solo hit “Bow Down Mister”)! His new album, if you haven’t already gotten it, is very diverse musically and George’s band kicked out the jams that feature extremely mature and spiritual lyrics. George quoted Eckhart Tolle telling the crowd to stay in the now and songs included “Feel the Vibration,” “Live Your Life” and George proclaimed that “love is bigger than war” during the track “Bigger Than War.” George, who seemed happy to be back on the New York stage soaked up the love that the crowd (which included Miss Guy and Debbie Harry) was showering him with. He told funny anecdotes in between songs and thanked the crowd for not talking too loudly to each other during the new songs. He especially thanked the crowd for supporting his new album.
When he got to “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” he went off on the crowd for taking invasive cell phone photos and video saying that “if he wanted the video to go up on youtube, he’d film it with a crew himself and not make us do it.” I was up in the VIP section in the balcony (not using flash, nor blocking the crowd trying to take annoying iPhone videos, nor being close enough to distract or annoy the performer) and I got the whole thing on video. Should I post it? You decide and let us know in the comments section. I was near the soundboard, so I was far from being invasive, but it’s a fine line you walk when you want to get the video out to the people and also want to respect the wishes of an artist you’ve loved for three decades!!! I did, however, post a video of the classic “Karma Chameleon” which immediately segued into a cover of T. Rex’ “Get It On (Bang A Gong).” Excuse me for a minute while my inner child freaks the fuck out for a little bit!
Now that I’ve regained my composure, can I just say on behalf of New York, please come back and play for us more regularly! We’ve missed you desperately George! If we have to rely on the thinly talented RuPaul as a hero in the gay community, we are seriously doomed! xx
And now… “Karma Chameleon” and “Get It On.” Just press play.
Boy George Irving Plaza Set List
The set list (despite the picture) was:
King of Everything / Death of Samantha (Yoko Ono cover) / Any Road (George Harrison cover) / My God / Feel the Vibration / Love and Danger / Live Your Life / Bigger Than War / Nice and Slow / My Star / It’s Easy / It Ain’t Me Babe (Bob Dylan cover) / Satellite of Love (Lou Reed cover) / Turn on a Little Light for Me / Church of the Poison Mind (Culture Club cover).
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? (Culture Club cover) / Everything I Own (Bread cover) / Karma Chameleon (Culutre Club cover) / Get It On (Bang a Gong) (T. Rex cover) / Bow Down Mister
Play Me / Victims (Culture Club cover) / Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)
After I saw Alexander McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Met a few years ago, I was convinced that I saw the best fashion exhibit I would probably ever see. I was wrong! The Brooklyn Museum has an insanely cool exhibit by designer Jean Paul Gaultier entitled: “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” and if you like fashion, you cannot miss this exhibit. First off, the presentation of the outfits is great. Each of the seven main rooms has a different theme, from the streets of Paris to his cinematic influences and over 140 outfits are on display. As an added bonus, if you are a Madonna fan, sketches, rare photos and iconic outfits (such as the cone bra bustier) are on display.
Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour outfits
The exhibit also does something unique (which will be emulated in exhibits to come) whereby the mannequins have facial projections to make the exhibit even more interactive.
The photos you are seeing here are a tiny portion of the exquisite outfits that are on display, and of course, you cannot see the detail that was crafted into each garment.
Clearly, it’s not wise to compare the work of two designers who drew from different inspirations, but McQueen’s “Savage Beauty” exhibit kept coming to mind (possibly because of the breadth of the costumes and the various thematic rooms) and whereas I had a very creepy feeling in the McQueen exhibit (that foreshadowed his suicide), whereas Gaultier’s exhibit is much more colorful and lively.
Don’t worry if you are not a Madonna fan – outfits worn by Kylie Minogue, Mylene Farmer, Depeche Mode, Nirvana and Cameo (yes, Cameo!) are represented in this show.
Remember this outfit that caused a commotion when Madonna wore it?
In the photo below, the mannequins were on a revolving platform that gave the illusion that you were watching a live fashion show. Very well done!
And presented without comment – more amazing images from this must see show!
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jean Paul Gaultier
Unseen Polaroids of Madonna and Gaultier circa 1990
Jean Paul Gaultier
And last but not least…
Gaultier — The Merch!
There is also a fantastic coffee table book of the exhibit that I looked through, so if you cannot make it out to the Brooklyn Museum before February 23, 2014, you should definitely think about getting it.
Hot new band(s) alert! On June 29, 2013, a very hot and steamy NYC night, Bowery Ballroom was home to a sold out show featuring rock and rollers JMSN and The Neighbourhood. The show kicked off at 9 pm with Detroit’s JMSN (pronounced ‘Jameson’).
Christian Berishaj of JMSN
JMSN, who cites influences from Phil Collins to Prince to Radiohead, plays a nice blend of rock and R&B. It’s worth noting that Wikipedia calls this genre “PBR&B” (yes, PBR for Pabst Blue Ribbon)! Love that! Lead singer Christian Berishaj engaged the crowd almost immediately with catchy sing-a-long songs, and his voice was quite strong too. JMSN’s debut album “Priscilla” was released in 2012 and they played the singles “Hotel,” “Alone” and “Something” in their 45 minute set. The audience did not want JMSN to leave the stage, but inevitably, they cleared room for the main attraction – The Neighbourhood.
The Neighbourhood at Bowery Ballroom
California’s The Neighbourhood hit the stage around 10:20 PM and rocked the crowd for nearly an hour and a half. Playing largely in the dark with flashing lights during choruses, the atmospheric mood of the show made it easier (and less embarrassing) for the crowd to rock out! The alt-rock quintet has a ton of catchy songs in their arsenal and the crowd was singing along throughout the entire show. One of the highlights was the track “W.D.Y.W.F.M?” (What Do You Want From Me?) which featured a back and forth singalong between the crowd and The Neighbourhood’s lead singer Jesse Rutherford trading off shouting “What.” The Neighbourhood didn’t just sound great but they also looked great. Tattoos, torn clothes and the moves that any good rock band should have are all qualities The Neighbourhood possess and if the reactions that Bowery Ballroom had during their set are a predictor of future success, The Neighbourhood is going to be huge!
Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood
See the setlist as well as photos of my encounters with the band after the jump.
Welcome Summer 2013! If you live in New York, you simply must experience the Mermaid Day Parade which is held on the first Saturday of each summer in Coney Island. At the Mermaid Parade, you will see Mermaids, Mermen and all sorts of people lively sea-themed costumes. New Yorkers love a good parade and this is the best of the bunch. It seems to be the one time that people of all ages, genders, sizes and shapes get together and express their creativity and freedom and I love it! Enjoy some pictures from the 2013 Mermaid Day Parade, including King Neptune Judah Friedlander Queen Mermaid Carole Radziwill! There might be a bit of sea-nudity, so if you easily get offended by such things, you are probably reading the wrong blog (ha!), but please proceed with caution.
Mermaid Day Parade
Rob and Geary!
Mermaid Day Parade
Mermaid Day Parade
King Neptune Judah Friedlander Queen Mermaid Carole Radziwill
June 21, 2013 was a very great night for music! A sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom featured the talents of Belgian singer Selah Sue and Bushwalla (who hails from America). I saw Selah Sue perform at Bowery Ballroom about a year ago and she opened for Emeli Sande. It was no surprise that she is now headlining her own shows. Her voice has elements of Amy Winehouse and Adele and she often throws in a reggae or acoustic vibes to her songs which makes it impossible not to groove along with her.
The show began at 9 pm with Ohio’s William Galewood, better known as Bushwalla, getting the audience warmed up with a set that featured acoustic rap (yes!), R&B, soul, as well as a cover of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” and Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” Bushwalla was great as he played acoustic guitar whilst rapping. He had a killer smile that the entire audience fell in love with and in between songs, he had everyone in stitches with funny little anecdotes about the music. He wasn’t just all rap and funky acoustic beats though. Bushwalla has a really great singing voice too, and he hit some notes that had the whole of Bowery Ballroom showering him with thunderous applause.
At 10 PM, Selah Sue took to the stage. Starting off with expressing her gratitude that she sold out a headlining gig in New York (which will clearly be one of many many more to come), she sang an acoustic track called “Always Home” (see below for video!) After the song, she was joined by her band and they ripped through great sounding versions of tracks off her self-titled album. There were so many highlights including an acoustic version of “Fyah Fyah.” She also performed a solo version of the song “Please” which was originally recorded with Cee-Lo Green. A video of that will also be coming next week, so bookmark this site if you have not already! Selah took many opportunities to thank the crowd, but the feeling of love was definitely mutual.
If you are unfamiliar with the music of Selah Sue or Bushwalla, I highly recommend that you fix that immediately as there are so many great songs that await your discovery. After the jump, you can see Selah Sue’s setlist as well as my trademark – photos with the performers. Thanks again to Bushwalla and Selah Sue for a great night!