To catch you up on a few of the great concerts I’ve seen recently, here are world exclusive live video performances from Madonna, Hozier, Duran Duran, Tame Impala and Adam Lambert. This will surely become your favorite According2g.com post ever, so please enjoy! Please disregard any heads that get in your way of enjoying these great videos! I’m a one man operation, so I’ve done the best I possibly can 🙂
If you like these videos, follow me on Instagram @according2g for even more goodies. And now… world exclusive performances just for you!
Madonna performing “La Vie En Rose” and “Unapologetic Bitch” (featuring Amy Schumer) live at Madison Square Garden on September 16, 2015:
Bonus Madonna! Here’s the Queen of Mean doing “Burning Up”
Here’s Hozier singing his mega-hit “Take Me To Chruch” live at Radio City Music Hall on September 29, 2015
Speaking of Radio City Music Hall, here’s “Let It Happen” live by Tame Impala in NYC at Radio City Music Hall on October 6, 2015
Here’s Duran Duran singing “Pressure Off” from their most recent release “Paper Gods” at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 8, 2015
Last but not least, Adam Lambert singing “Ghost Town” from The Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 8, 2015
On September 23, 2013, The XX played their first of 2 sold out nights at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. After a great set by Polica, The XX hit the stage just about 9:30 PM and for a solid hour and a half, their moody music hypnotized the crowd. One of the great things about The XX, especially in this day and age, is that you can’t really say that their music sounds like anyone else. Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft trade off on vocal duties, sometimes harmonizing with each other, sometimes performing duets and Romy’s tender voice is the perfect compliment to Oliver’s subtle, yet romantic vocals.
Jamie Smith and Romy Madley-Croft of The XX
Since The XX’ music can be quite soft and subdued, they utilized a quite nice light show to compliment their music and add to the chill out vibe that was felt across the entire Radio City Music Hall. Having just seen the Pet Shop Boys, I am a bit spoiled as to what I consider a breath-taking light show, but as I can imagine both bands don’t have much cross over with fans, I looked around to see the crowd mesmerized for the duration of the show. Songs such as “Crystallized,” though extremely mellow, got the crowd on their feet and we remained standing (or swaying) for the rest of the night.
Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim of The XX
Towards the end of the set, it was a powerhouse of some of The XX’ most popular songs, including “Chained,” “VCR” and “Islands,” and these tracks made unlikely, but quite cool crowd sing-a-longs. As The XX was finishing up their set, a huge laser X flashed across the stage. The crowd erupted with applause and returned The XX’ love. Bliss.
The setlist was:
Try / Heart Skipped a Beat / Crystallized / Reunion / Far Nearer / Sunset / Missing / Fiction / Night Time / Swept Away / Shelter / VCR / Islands / Chained / Infinity
On April 6, 2013, Leonard Cohen performed the first of two shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York. To say his show is amazing is an understatement. Some people treat Bob Dylan as their god of singer/songwriter/poetry, but my god is Leonard Cohen. At age 78, Cohen is not only on a world tour for his latest album “Old Ideas,” but his shows last for over 3 hours! He went on stage approximately at 8:20 PM and ended just before midnight (with one 20 minute break in the middle).
He announced at the beginning of the show (and addressed the audience as “friends”) that he and his band may not be the best and who knows when our paths will cross again, but he promised that they would give us everything they had. Both Leonard and band made good on that promise.
Leonard Cohen performed many of the songs on his knees and generously gave each member of his band a solo or two and was more than happy to share the spotlight as he introduced the band to us many times throughout the night. He has so many great songs with so many great lyrics that you could hear a pin drop in the 5,000 seat venue as he sang. He performed songs such as “Suzanne,” “I’m Your Man,” “Everybody Knows,” “Bird on a Wire,” and the heavily covered “Hallelujah” in his staggering 28 song set! When he recited “A Thousand Kisses Deep,” the audience practically held its breath as he delivered line after brilliant line. The last time I saw him, that was one of the many highlights of the show and once again, it stands out as one of my favorite moments.
To think that his career has seen format in the the way we listen to music change from Vinyl to 8-Track to Cassette to CD and now to digital and streaming, it’s clear more than ever that his music is timeless. Whether singing about asking forgiveness from a lover, taking Manhattan and then Berlin (which received some of the biggest cheers of the night) or democracy coming to the USA, the poetry he uses in his lyrics are beyond inspirational.
If you’ve never seen Leonard Cohen perform, I urge you to check him out on this tour because he will blow your mind.
Mr. Cohen, thank you for an amazing night, one that I will not be forgetting for a long time.
The setlist was: Dance Me To The End of Love / The Future / Bird On A Wire / Everybody Knows / Who By Fire / Darkness / Ain’t No Cure For Love / Amen / Come Healing / Democracy / A Thousand Kisses Deep (recited) / Anthem.
2nd Set: Tower of Song / Suzanne / Waiting For The Miracle / Show Me The Place / Anyhow / Lover Lover Lover / Alexandra Leaving (performed by Sharon Robinson) / I’m Your Man / Hallelujah / Take This Waltz.
First Encore: So Long Marianne / Going Home / First We Take Manhattan
2nd Encore: Famous Blue Raincoat / If It Be Your Will (performed by the Webb Sisters) / Closing Time.
I’m having quite a good Morrissey week! Prior to his sold out show at Radio City Music Hall in New York on October 10, 2012, I met Morrissey! Still on a cloud from the night before, watching Morrissey perform is otherworldly. Every move, every motion and every word that comes out of his mouth is epic. After a very brief set by on again/off again tour opener Kristeen Young, a 30 minute montage of clips featuring videos by Shocking Blue and New York Dolls was projected onto a large screen and then at the stroke of 9 pm, Morrissey hit the stage.
His voice sounded better to me than it has in past tours which really showed on songs such as “I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths. There was quite a nice mix of Smiths songs and Morrissey solo tracks and even new(ish) material like “People Are the Same Everywhere.” He spoke to the audience after every song with occasional funny anecdotes like when he told the crowd that he took a cab in New York the other day and the cab driver spoke English and knew where he was going. He continued “That was the whole story.” He also referenced his appearance on the Colbert Report from the night before and asked the audience if he made a fool of himself on TV, “because [he] tends to do that a lot.”
Some of the highlights of the hour and a half concert for me were seeing die-hard Morrissey fans lose their shit during the intro to every song. Hearing the entire Radio City Music Hall sing along to songs like “Everyday is Like Sunday” or Smiths classics like “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” “I Know It’s Over” and “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” induced chills many times. Another highlight was the show’s centerpiece – “Meat is Murder,” which featured a montage of clips of animal cruelty as the song was played under red lights. As you can expect at a Morrissey show, he shook hands and let much of the front row touch and grab at him, threw his shirt into the audience and many people in the front made a run for it onto the stage trying to get a piece of Morrissey before getting tackled by security guards.
Morrissey was recently interviewed and asked why he is touring without a new record and his answer was simply “because a lot of people like me.” I think that is the understatement of the year. Regardless, I am happy to have another Morrissey show under my belt because he is simply amazing!