Lana Del Rey on June 7, 2012 at Irving Plaza in New York
The last time Lana Del Rey played New York City, she made headlines across the world with a less than perfect performance on the TV show Saturday Night Live. She had a live performance redemption on June 7, 2012 at Irving Plaza for the first of 3 sold out shows. Lana-be’s (you’re welcome for that word!) from near and far gathered to watch the self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” perform songs off her excellent album “Born to Die.”
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey took the stage at 10 PM after a tortuous set by the rap group Zebra Katz (who were pelted with ice after singing a nearly 15 minute song that repeated “Imma Read Dat Bitch”). The stage was like a mini jungle as there were trees and plants everywhere! Del Rey was backed by a 5 piece band that included a mini orchestral section (and no drummer).
Lana Del Rey
Lana wasted no time making the crowd freak out in delight as she opened with her mega-hit “Blue Jeans.” The crowd sang along to every word of the song (and nearly every song after). “The Body Electric” made its New York debut next and a video of that song will be coming soon so stay tuned! One of the lyrical highlights of that song is “Jesus is my bestest friend.” She sang the lyric “Let me fuck you hard in the pouring rain” during “Born to Die,” and that got some of the biggest cheers of the night.
Lana Del Rey
Over the course of the next 45 minutes, you could tell Lana is developing a better stage presence and she was showered with love by her fans. During many of the songs, fans held their hands out in hopes of Lana touching them and it reminded me of being at a Morrissey concert (and for those wondering, she obliged as often as possible).
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If I were to say something bad about the show (aside from Irving Plaza charging an extra $35 per head for an alleged “VIP section!!!), the downside was that the show only consisted of 10 songs, so many great tracks off “Born to Die” (such as “Radio,” “Off To The Races” and “Diet Mountain Dew”) were not played. It hardly seemed to matter to the legions of Lana-be’s who waited after the show to catch a glimpse of the goddess leaving the venue.
If you don’t like the FFFF word, don’t watch this video.
If you don’t like Lana Del Rey, don’t watch this video.
I love the FFFF word and I love Lana Del Rey!
So here’s Lana singing “Born to Die” with the line “let me kiss fuck you out in the pouring rain” live in New York from December 5, 2011 at Bowery Ballroom, xclusively on G-TV. If you like this video, check back on this site daily and tell your friends. You never know what I’ve got up my sleeve. Also, for all the LDR haters, please think about this before you spend another second in your cloud of hate – sure Lana is not the best singer on the planet. But she’s also not the worst. Pick and choose your battles! Spread the love, not the hate!
Opinions are opinions obviously, but based on some of the ignorant comments I’ve heard in regards to the singer Lana Del Rey since her weekend appearance on the TV show Saturday Night Live that I’ve heard, I thought I’d offer my two cents about Lana Del Rey. I’m only saying these words as someone who sees HUNDREDS of live acts a year. That might not qualify me as an expert in live music, but I’ll tell you one thing – for some of the shitty things I’ve heard about Lana, I certainly did not see YOU at her show and I’ve certainly not seen YOU going and checking out live music night after night to expand your musical horizons and trust me, I’d remember!
Lana Del Rey became a Youtube sensation in 2011 and based on the strength of two viral videos, many doors have opened for her. She’s gotten international exposure by appearing on many TV programs and up until now, her performances have been pretty solid. She performed two songs on Saturday Night Live, a TV show that everyone seems to say “has lost its thunder years ago,” and yet everyone seems to watch it and complain about how bad it is. So anyone that falls into that bucket, which I’ll conservatively estimate as A LOT of you, deserves to have their words discredited as ALL of the people in that bucket DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR WORDS! If you don’t like something, DO NOT SUPPORT IT! Please don’t support it and then complain about how bad it is (that goes for awards shows and reality TV also). It’s a double standard and anyone with half a brain (such as myself) can see right through it! Don’t “watch” train wrecks – GET OUT AND HELP because one day YOU might be on that train!
Yes, Lana Del Rey’s appearance on the TV show was nowhere near as good as her videos and was disappointing, but suddenly, the same people that watched Lana’s videos and made her an internet sensation are doing everything in their power to tear her down. If you believe what you hear on the internet, there has never been anyone ever in the history of music as bad as Lana Del Rey! That makes NO sense! Before you utter another bad word about Lana, PLEASE remember that the world has allowed someone as talentless and tone deaf as Katy Perry to break records set by someone truly talented like Michael Jackson. Please remember that the world has allowed pop auto-tune and lipsynching icons such as Britney Spears and Rihanna to be hugely successful and sell out stadiums across the world! Let’s see them perform acoustically!? It will never happen because it will expose their lack of singing talent. It will prove that they are frauds and that the world is filled with idiots who are incapable of making decisions for themselves!
It’s been avoidable to hear reports that she bought her way into stardom or slept her way to get where she is. SO BE IT if any of that is indeed true. It sure worked for Madonna and look where she is now. We’re not going to get into Madonna’s preaching to the masses about destroying your ego while she maintains one of the largest egos on the planet either, because that’s a diatribe for another day. I’m not on Lana Del Rey’s payroll, but UNLIKE YOU at this point in the game, I’ve seen her perform a full set and I found her songs to be great. Certainly she’s not the best singer in the world, but she’s certainly not the worst either. I found myself intrigued to hear more, and I think that her recent performance was an off night instead of a lack of talent as the armchair critics of the world are condemning her for. Her album will be released at the end of the month and time will tell if the old adage that all publicity is good publicity is still true in 2012.
So with that in mind, revist a live performance of “Video Games” that I recorded from a small club show in December 2011.
Here’s my predicition for one of the biggest stars of 2012: Lana Del Rey. She performed a way sold out show in New York a few weeks ago to mark one of her very first live performances. She’s going to be on Saturday Night Live (hosted by Daniel Radcliffe) in a few weeks and she’s due to make the transition from being the most talked about singer in the blogosphere to the most talked about singer in the lame-stream, I mean mainstream. One of the songs she’ll probably play on SNL is her infectiously haunting track”Video Games.”