Review & Video: “Karma Chameleon / Get It On (Bang A Gong)” live by Boy George in NYC

Posted by The G on April 23, 2014 under G Reviews, G Videos | Read the First Comment

HD Video, Photos and Words by G.

Boy George

Boy George

BOY GEORGE!  Performing a way sold out show on April 22, 2014 at New York’s Irving Plaza, Boy George took to the Manhattan stage for the first time in over a decade (not counting DJ gigs) and it was a night to remember!  Kicking off the show by playing his new album “This is What I Do,” Boy George played a beefy 24 song set that covered the musical gamut from reggae to country and back to rock, covers from Yoko Ono (“Death of Samantha”) and Bread (“Everything I Own”) to Lou Reed (“Satellite of Love”), T. Rex (“Get it On (Bang A Gong)” and Bob Dylan (“It Ain’t Me Babe” and “Make You Feel My Love”) plus a handful of Culture Club classics (“Church of the Poison Mind,” “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” “Victims” and his solo hit “Bow Down Mister”)!   His new album, if you haven’t already gotten it, is very diverse musically and George’s band kicked out the jams that feature extremely mature and spiritual lyrics.  George quoted Eckhart Tolle telling the crowd to stay in the now and songs included “Feel the Vibration,” “Live Your Life” and George proclaimed that “love is bigger than war” during the track “Bigger Than War.”  George, who seemed happy to be back on the New York stage soaked up the love that the crowd (which included Miss Guy and Debbie Harry) was showering him with.  He told funny anecdotes in between songs and thanked the crowd for not talking too loudly to each other during the new songs.  He especially thanked the crowd for supporting his new album.

Boy George

Boy George

When he got to “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” he went off on the crowd for taking invasive cell phone photos and video saying that “if he wanted the video to go up on youtube, he’d film it with a crew himself and not make us do it.”  I was up in the VIP section in the balcony (not using flash, nor blocking the crowd trying to take annoying iPhone videos, nor being close enough to distract or annoy the performer) and I got the whole thing on video.  Should I post it?  You decide and let us know in the comments section.  I was near the soundboard, so I was far from being invasive, but it’s a fine line you walk when you want to get the video out to the people and also want to respect the wishes of an artist you’ve loved for three decades!!!  I did, however, post a video of the classic “Karma Chameleon” which immediately segued into a cover of T. Rex’ “Get It On (Bang A Gong).” Excuse me for a minute while my inner child freaks the fuck out for a little bit!

Now that I’ve regained my composure, can I just say on behalf of New York, please come back and play for us more regularly!  We’ve missed you desperately George!  If we have to rely on the thinly talented RuPaul as a hero in the gay community, we are seriously doomed!  xx

And now… “Karma Chameleon” and “Get It On.”   Just press play.

Boy George Irving Plaza Set List

Boy George Irving Plaza Set List

The set list (despite the picture) was:

King of Everything / Death of Samantha (Yoko Ono cover) / Any Road (George Harrison cover) / My God / Feel the Vibration / Love and Danger / Live Your Life / Bigger Than War / Nice and Slow / My Star / It’s Easy / It Ain’t Me Babe (Bob Dylan cover) / Satellite of Love (Lou Reed cover) / Turn on a Little Light for Me / Church of the Poison Mind (Culture Club cover).

Encore:

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? (Culture Club cover) / Everything I Own (Bread cover) / Karma Chameleon (Culutre Club cover) / Get It On (Bang a Gong) (T. Rex cover) / Bow Down Mister

Encore 2:

Play Me / Victims (Culture Club cover) / Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)

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An Encounter with FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett)

Posted by The G on April 17, 2014 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

FKA Twigs and Geoffrey Dicker

FKA Twigs (Tahliah Barnett) and Geoffrey Dicker

Hot new artist alert!  Tahliah Barnett, better known as FKA Twigs is a trip hop/R&B/pop singer from Britain and in addition to her gorgeous look, her music is infectious.  She performed a show at Glasslands in Brooklyn the other night and whilst she kept the mood going by virtually performing in the dark, that makes for horrible photos.  So in lieu of those, I will tell you that FKA stands for “formerly known as” since another artist named Twigs was upset that she took on the name Twigs, which refers to the sound her joints make when they crack.  Learn more about FKA Twigs on her website.  Best of luck to you Tahliah and I look forward to seeing you again!

An Encounter with Chuck Palahniuk

Posted by The G on April 16, 2014 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.

Chuck Palahniuk and Geoffrey Dicker

Chuck Palahniuk and Geoffrey Dicker

I would love to tell you all about how this photo came about, how much I love Chuck Palahniuk and how cool he was to take a photo with me, but the first rule of Fight Club is….

Thanks Chuck!

Video: A Funky Cover of “Hallelujah” by Andre Cymone

Posted by The G on April 1, 2014 under Encounters with G, G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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Andre Cymone

Andre Cymone

After a 20 year absence from the stage, the always funky Andre Cymone made his return to New York on March 31, 2014 at Bowery Electric.  Andre Cymone, along with Prince, was a pioneer in the Minneapolis Sound that so many people have emulated over the years, was once married to Jody Watley and has produced hits for Adam Ant.  Now he’s back after a long hiatus with a new album entitled “The Stone.”  His hour and a half set showcased a new 5 piece band of amazing musicians who were part James Brown, part Sly and The Family Stone and extremely rockin’ and funky!

He did not play “The Dance Electric,” but he did do an updated version of “Kelly’s Eyes,” and he performed the majority of “The Stone,” which features heart-felt lyrics, a nice rock edge and some funky little grooves that ran the gamut from soul to country music!  He also threw in a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and I guarantee you, it’s the funkiest version you’ll ever hear!  Just press play!

See the setlist after the jump.

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“Land Scape” by David LaChapelle at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Posted by The G on January 30, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by David LaChapelle.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

If you are a fan of the surrealistic photographs of David LaChapelle (not to be confused with the comedian whose name is similar but not and it’s unbelievable how many people mix the two up), you will also enjoy his latest exhibit “Land Scape” at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

The sites depicted in this exhibit are of gas stations and refineries and when you take a closer look, you will see that the objects that make up these structures are soda cans, straws and other items that typically spend more time on this planet in land fills than being useful items.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

As always with Lachapelle’s works, the photos are very large and really must be seen in person to grasp detail of each work.  The opening night party was filled with LaChapelle’s admirers from Amanda Lepore to artist Mark Ryden.  It was quite a scene.

Land Scapes

Land Scapes

Despite being pretty mobbed, David LaChapelle was extremely nice to everyone and even posed for a photo with yours truly.  Thanks David!

David LaChappelle and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

David LaChappelle and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

David LaChapelle’s “Land Scape” will be on view through March 1st, 2014 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located on the corner of Tenth Avenue and 27th Street.

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