Did you really think I was going to go see Adam Ant’s first show in New York in 17 years and not take a video? Not a chance. One of my favorite songs of the night (and all time Adam Ant songs) was “Strip.” So here you go… Adam Ant. Strip. Live in New York on October 6, 2012.
Adam Ant! One of the musical gods of the 1980s played his first show in New York in over 15 years on October 6, 2012 at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. This was a show that almost didn’t happen as it was originally scheduled for February of this year and got canceled only to be rescheduled 8 months later. The show was sold out, so obviously New York more than forgave Adam Ant for the cancellation. Looking a lot like Johnny Depp, Adam Ant took the stage around 9 pm and played a 28 song set that lasted about 2 hours.
He wasted no time digging deep into his back catalog with songs such as “Dog Eat Dog” and “Beat My Guest,” and played songs spanning his entire career including his last charting hit “Wonderful” and we even got to hear a cover of T. Rex’ “Bang A Gong.” He was very animated, dancing all over the stage and playing guitar. Though his band does not have any original members, they were great, with two drummers and the songs had much more of a rock feel than new wave as on his albums.
The place went crazy when Adam performed some of his biggest loved hits like “Prince Charming,” “Desperate But Not Serious,” “Strip,” “Room at the Top,” “Vive Le Rock” and “Goody Two Shoes.” Adam mentioned that he’s done recording his new album and he expects it to be released in January of 2013. Hopefully that means Adam will not be so scarce in concert because it was really great seeing Adam back in action. Judging from the fact that most shows on this tour have sold out, his fans feel the same way.
Bryan Ferry! The legendary lead singer of Roxy Music played a sold out show at New York’s Beacon Theatre on October 6, 2011. This was my first time seeing Bryan Ferry live and it was absolutely worth waiting for. He looked great and sounded great. His 2 hour set saw a generous sampling of hits throughout his career, both with and without Roxy Music and material from his latest album “Olympia” was prominently featured. Several covers were played as well including three songs from Bob Dylan (don’t forget Bryan Ferry had a Bob Dylan covers album called “Dylan-esque”).
Love is the drug!
Bryan Ferry had a full band, great backup singers and dancers for a few of the songs! Throughout the show, trippy projections were shown on the screen behind the band and Bryan Ferry played keyboards and harmonica on several of the songs. There were many standing ovations throughout the show and deservedly so – as part of Roxy Music, he influenced the New Wave sound which shaped the music of the 1980s so greatly. He played Roxy Music songs such as “Love Is the Drug,” “Avalon” and “The Main Thing” and from his solo career, he played “Kiss And Tell,” “Slave To Love” as well as his cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.”
Let's Stick Together!
You missed out if you weren’t able to attend this show as Bryan Ferry was great and he doesn’t tour the US that often. Hopefully he’ll be back soon. I was fortunate enough to meet Bryan Ferry and he posed for a picture with me. Unfortunately, I caught him in mid blink, but regardless I am so grateful for our meeting. Thanks for a great day Bryan – one I won’t be forgetting any time soon. See that photo as well as the set list after the jump.
I have been digging Miike Snow’s remix of “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance” by Vampire Weekend for a long time. Imagine my delight when they closed their show with a live version of the remix! The show took place at New York’s Terminal 5 on October 6, 2010. The video gets a bit blurry at the end because my camera was trying to auto-focus against an insane amount of strobe lighting, but the sound never lapses. It looked and sounded just like this….
October 6, 2010 was the second time I’ve seen Canadian dance-pop band Dragonette live and I think the more I see, the more I love. Lead singer Martina Sorbara has great energy on stage and the music of Dragonette can definitely pack some heat. They opened for Swedish/American electro-rockers Miike Snow at New York’s Terminal 5 and from the moment they hit the stage, the crowd was treated to a pre-dance party. Unfortunately, since they were the opening act, they only played a brief 8 songs, but I certainly loved every second of the show. Martina told the crowd that this was their final gig on their tour and they were so happy to be playing for us. Equally, the crowd was happy to watch. A video from this performance will be coming soon, so stay tuned for that!
The setlist was: I Get Around / Gone Too Far/ Pick Up The Phone / Liar / Easy / Ok Dolore /Our Summer / Fixin’ to Thrill
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