On July 22, 2013, Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand made their live return to New York with a special appearance on Live on Letterman. The show was 45 minutes long (and was also broadcasted live on the internet) it was super cool to see Franz Ferdinand perform in the intimate Ed Sullivan Theater, which has probably seen the most star power of any building in the USA as everyone from Elvis to The Beatles have performed there.
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand
Nick McCarthy (Keys), Paul Thomson (Drums)
Bob Hardy (Bass)
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and Geoffrey Dicker
The setlist was:
Right Action / Tell Her Tonight / Stand on the Horizon / No You Girls / Evil Eye / Matinee / Bullet / Treason! Animals / Do You Want To / Ulysses / Take Me Out / Love Illumination
I don’t know what to say about Peter Gabriel other than he is one of my music gods. I’ve had more good times to his music than I can even say. When I first heard his album “3” (aka “Melt” aka “Peter Gabriel”), with a little help from my friends, I can truly say that my life was changed that night. Songs like “Here Comes the Flood,” I can listen to endlessly (and have) and of course, his music videos such as “Sledgehammer” and “Big Time” rank amongst my favorite videos of all time. I met him prior to his hour long performance on Live on Letterman in New York. That theater is magical to me as well as it’s the theater where the Ed Sullivan Show was taped and in addition to all the amazing guests David Letterman’s had over the years, The Beatles and The Doors have also played in that room!
Back to Peter Gabriel. When he arrived for the performance, surprisingly, I was the only person waiting to meet him (which actually made the experience even better). A security guard tried to block me from meeting one of my idols, and Peter Gabriel told the security guard to back off! Could anything be better? Peter kindly signed my “Melt” cd and was gracious enough to take a photo. One could assume that Peter Gabriel would be a cool guy because he does so many great humanitarian efforts and has done so for most of his career, but seeing him in action is too cool for words. I am so thankful! Thanks Peter for the life changing experiences you’ve brought to my life (and this is another one!) and thank you for the music: past, present and future!
Peter Gabriel has just released “New Blood,” an album of his classic songs reimagined with an orchestra. If you’re a fan, you’re going to love this album and if you get the chance to see him perform the album live, I highly recommend it!
Here’s something you don’t get to see every day – Peter Gabriel performing with a 46 piece orchestra inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, the same place that the Beatles and the Doors played years earlier, for an hour long webcast for Live On Letterman on November 9, 2011. I won tickets through a contest from the ultra awesome site A Heart is a Spade, and I’d like to take a moment to get on my knees and say THANK YOU!
Peter Gabriel has a new album called “New Blood” and he’s reimagined many of his classic songs without bass or drums and instead with an orchestra! A 46 piece orchestra called the New Blood Orchestra, to be precise. This formula is a bit snoozy to me listening to the album, but seeing it performed live is incredible! Songs such as “The Rhythm of the Heat” and “Intruder” were like edge of your seat thrillers. Peter Gabriel told stories about some of the songs like “San Jacinto,” which was about a person he’d met years ago who told Peter about an initiation ceremony he went through. He dedicated “Mercy Street” to its subject, Anne Sexton and also performed his classics “Red Rain” and “Solsbury Hill.” Look for a tour to be announced and make sure you go, because as if it’s not enough to see the incomparable Peter Gabriel, it’s really great to see him pump some new blood into these classic songs. Check out Live On Letterman’s official site to see a full playback of the show.
I am still buzzing from seeing Liam Gallagher of Oasis’ new band Beady Eye. Making the night better, I saw them perform at Live On Letterman, inside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. Making the night better, Beady Eye performed an hour long set. Making the night better, we were allowed to take photos and video if we so chose. Making the night better, I met Liam Gallagher after the set was over. By this point you probably want to punch me, drunken bar room brawl style. I think this video, which is in crystal clear quality, will make you put down the guns and throw up the love sign.
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet! The web is flooded with horror stories about Liam Gallagher from Oasis and now Beady Eye. Beady Eye made its US TV debut on June 22, 2011 on Live on Letterman and I was fortunate enough to catch all the action. Naturally, I hoped the night would end as most of my concert experiences end – with me meeting the band. I was quite nervous about meeting Liam Gallagher because of all the bad stories that are out there. Also, from personal experience, when a singer I love is mean to me, it scars me for life. My outlook on life is that I feel you have to at least give it the old college try in precarious situations, so I decided to go for it. I credit my uncanny sense of good timing and upon exiting the venue after watching a great hour long set by Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher was out back smoking a cigarette! The moment of truth. I approached him and said “Hey Liam. Great set.” He thanked me and when I asked if I could take a photo with him, he said “sure.” WOW! Because I push things to the limit, a few moments after the photo was taken, I asked him to sign a couple of Oasis CD covers for me and he obliged me there as well. I cannot say that everything on the web about Liam is untrue, but I also would like to have it put out there that he’s not an entirely horrible person like the net might have you believe. Thanks again Liam so much! I won’t be forgetting this night any time soon.