Photo by G.
Justin Bond - Dendrophile. Out Now!
There’s a very short list of performers that I feel are crucial to see every time they perform. Justin Bond is on that list. I’ve seen the newly christened Justin Vivian Bond perform countless times and each and every time, I walk away both with a huge smile on my face and the thought that I can’t wait to see Justin again. Such was the case last night, April 5, 2011 as Justin celebrated the release of his latest album “Dendrophile” by performing to a packed house at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. As is typical at a Justin Bond show, you’ll see an entirely different performancethan the time you saw him before; you’ll hear side-splitting anecdotes in between songs and you’ll also see Justin belt the shit out of the songs he sings. All of the above were true last night. The tracks on “Dendrophile” have subject matter that range from dreaming of equal rights for all to the poor rising up and taking over to an homage to the golden age of hustlers! Yes! Justin so rightfully described his sound and style as a cross between Aleister Crowley and Peggy Lee before singing the track from his new album “Crowley A La Lee.” I think that pretty much encapsulates it! Spotted in the crowd were the King of Downtown (and today’s birthday boy Earl Dax) as well as Joey Arias (another performer that makes my “see him every time he performs” list).
Dendrophile by Justin Vivian Bond is out now.
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The Artist Formerly Known As Justin Bond
The always entertaining Justin Bond, and one half of the performing duo Kiki and Herb, has announced that he is adding Vivian to his name as he is “beginning hormone treatments not to become a woman but in order to actualize what I’ve always known myself to be a trans person. I want my body to be a declaration and physical manifestation of my transgendered spirit. When I was younger I used to refer to myself as a ‘non-op transexual,’ meaning I was a transexual who didn’t need to have surgery to assert what I was. But I was wrong because without assertions people can only make assumptions and I no longer wish to indulge or refute the assumptions or labels other people choose to place on me, I simply want to inhabit my very clear vision of myself.” You can read the full essay Mx Justin Vivian Bond has written on JustinBond.com.
Under any name, Bond is a great performer who keeps me entertained at every performance! Way to go, girlfriend!
All photos by the birthday boy, G.
Justin Bond and Jake Shears perform "Afternoon Delight" at Joe's Pub in NYC on September 20, 2009.
It’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to be at Joe’s Pub in New York City watching the fabulous Justin Bond, Taylor Mac and Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters perform. The program was called “Angels of the Morning,” where Justin and company performed their favorite hits from the 70s. Before the night was over, we heard great renditions of You’re So Vain, Afternoon Delight, Angel of the Morning and Ticket To Ride, just to name a few. Justin Bond is so great live, he sings, he dances, he makes you laugh until it hurts. Joined by the incredible performance artist Taylor Mac (whose song “If You See Something, Say Something” is nothing short of genius) and Jake Shears (who sells out stadiums across Europe with his band Scissor Sisters), the night couldn’t have been better. There’ll be 2 more chances to see Justin Bond at Joe’s Pub, so check the site and get your tickets before it’s too late!
See more great photos of Justin Bond, Jake Shears and Taylor Mac after the jump.
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Justin Bond - Pink Slip - Out Now
What can be said about the ultra-fabulous Justin Bond? The diva performed a sold out show at New York City’s Highline Ballroom tonight, and let me just tell you, girlfriend worked it!
Justin has released a new EP called Pink Slip and this was the release party and she definitely released herself all over the audience. Jeffery and Cole (pictured below) of Jeffery and Cole Casserole, the new hit show on Logo, introduced the show to get the night off to a great start.
Jeffery and Cole
Our Lady J (pictured below) even sang a song or two.
Our Lady J
Enjoy one last picture I took of the fabulous Justin Bond, before going to his site and checking out his fabulousness.