Closing out the New York portion of their “All You Can Eat” tour, Peter Bjorn and John played a sold out show at New York’s Mercury Lounge on September 18, 2011. This tour saw Peter Bjorn and John playing 5 shows in New York at 5 differnent venues, so it makes perfect sense that the set lists would be varied. I saw the Swedish trio 2 nights ago at Bowery Ballroom and the set list was radically different! A few things that stayed the same – the band is super animated on stage, and Peter Moren’s energy is infectious. Also staying the same, the New York crowd loved every second of PB and J’s hour and 40 minute set.
The setlist featured “Teen Love” and “Big Black Coffin” from the band’s 2nd album “Falling Out.” Peter told the crowd that they don’t remember any of the songs from their debut record so they don’t play them. From “Writer’s Block,” they once again played “Young Folks,” but the other cuts they played from this album were different than 2 nights ago – “Up Against The Wall,” (which was the final song) “Let’s Call It Off.” From “Living Thing” they played “It Don’t Move Me” and “Nothing To Worry About.”
From their latest record, “Gimmie Some,” “Tomorrow Has to Wait,” “Eyes,” “Dig A Little Deeper,” “May Seem Macabre,” “Second Chance” and “Down Like Me Were Played.” This show seemed to be a lot more rock oriented than the other night and there was a lot more jamming tonight. Peter Moren walked through the audience during “May Seem Macabre” instead of “Young Folks” like he normally does, but he still did the pitch perfect whistling from “Young Folks.” Peter Bjorn and John are really great live and I highly recommend seeing them when they come to your town. In hindsight, I wish I would have gone to each of their New York shows because the whole vibe of the show was different – a sign that these 3 lads from Sweden know exactly what they are doing. Thanks to Peter Bjorn and John for 2 great nights and right before my birthday!
Unfortunately, the youtube police are already on my ass about posting this video because of copyright infringement issues. Dear youtube, I think the band will agree that this video is aiming to give a rock group I like exposure to an audience that might not be familiar with their music. In no way do I seek to rob Peter Bjorn and John of one cent. Spending a late night uploading this video is done with the intention of love, not profit. Love, G.
With that being said, enjoy an unlisted video of Peter Bjorn and John performing “Young Folks” live in New York on September 16, 2011. Make sure you watch the second verse when Peter Moren takes a walk through the audience. You’ll also see proof that the whistling you hear in the song is done by Peter!
My birthday celebration has officially kicked off by seeing one of my favorite bands, Peter Bjorn and John. The Swedish trio played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on September 16, 2011. The show was part of the band’s “All You Can Eat” tour and week long residency in New York and it was great! The night began at 9 pm with the electronic duo Niki and the Dove. At 10 pm, the Japanese pop/rock group The Suzan took the stage. Peter Bjorn and John went on at 11 pm and their hour and 40 minute set was packed with hits and fan favorites.
Bjorn and John
PB and J took things almost back to the beginning by playing a trip of songs from their 2nd album, 2004s “Falling Out.” They played “Far Away, By My Side,” “Teen Love” and my favorite song on the record “It Beats Me Every Time.” From “Writer’s Block,” they played “Amsterdam,” “Objects of My Affection” (which was the final song of the night) and “Young Folks.” For those wondering, the whistling is done by Peter Moren, who flawlessly recreated it tonight. He walked through the crowd durng the song and a video of “Young Folks” will be coming soon, so stay tuned. It’s a good one!
Peter Bjorn and John - Bowery Ballroom
From “Living Thing,” they played “It Don’t Move Me” and “Just The Past.” Surprisingly, “Nothing to Worry About” and “Lay It Down,” were not played, but I heard from fans that they’ve been changing the set list from night to night. From their new album, “Gimmie Some,” they played “Tomorrow Has To Wait,” “Dig A Little Deeper,” “Second Chance,” “Eyes,” “May Seem Macabre,” and “Down Like Me.” I am seeing them again on Sunday night at Mercury Lounge and I cannot wait. The energy of the audience was great, PB and J are very engaging with the crowd and their songs are catchy and rockin’! All good things, according2g.
Good news for fans of Swedish pop/rock trio Peter Bjorn and John. They’ve announced a 2011 tour. The dates, courtesy of Pitchfork are:
02-03 London, England – The Old Blue Last
02-16 Berlin, Germany – Comet Club
02-17 Aarhus, Denmark – Train
02-18 Copenhagen, Denmark – Lille Vega
02-19 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
02-23 London, England – Lexington
02-28 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
03-02 Paris, France – International
03-30 London, England – Dingwalls
03-31 Manchester, England – Academy 3
04-01 Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
04-06 Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
04-07 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli 400
04-08 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Orangerie
04-09 Paris, France – Point FMR
04-28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04-29 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04-30 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-01 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
05-02 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
05-03 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
05-05 Boston, MA – Paradise
05-06 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
05-07 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
05-10 Seattle, WA – Neumos
05-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Venue
05-12 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
05-13 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05-14 Los Angeles, CA – El Ray Theatre
Picture it: It’s 28 degrees outside, the day after a blizzard. New York declares offices are closed for a snow day. The roads are icy and people are staying in doors until conditions get better. Not me! I went to meet Peter Bjorn and John! I love all 5 of their studio albums (and album number 6 is coming out on March 29, 2011) and I’ve seen them in concert 3 times. The Swedish pop/rock trio were SUPER nice, autographing all of my CDs for me and taking photos too! They were impressed that I had “Seaside Rock,” an instrumental album they did that was very hard to find in the United States. Of course I had it, I HEART THEM! Thanks so much PB and J!