An Encounter with Savages

Posted by The G on June 5, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Jehnny Beth (Vocals) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Jehnny Beth (Vocals) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Hot new band alert!  London’s post-punkers Savages are making a huge impact on the music scene and for good reason – they rock!  The band played together for the first time in January 2012 and a quick year and a half later, they are already headlining medium-sized venues in New York!  Love that!

Gemma Thompson (Guitar) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Gemma Thompson (Guitar) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

If you haven’t heard the infectious and extremely rockin’ “Husbands,” make sure you check it out, ASAP!  It’s got elements of Patti Smith meets Siouxsie and the Banshees and the track will easily be on many critics great songs lists of 2013.

Ayse Hassan (Bass) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Ayse Hassan (Bass) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Their debut album “Silence Yourself” is out now and I hope you dig it as much as I do.  Savages will be back in NYC playing Webster Hall on July 11, so make sure you get a ticket before it sells out.

Faye Milton (Drums) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

Faye Milton (Drums) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker

It was great meeting you Savages and I wish you all the success in the world!

An Encounter with 4/5 of The Wanted

Posted by The G on May 30, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Max George of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

Max George of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

The Wanted (sans Nathan Sykes who is recovering from vocal surgery) are in New York to promote their new reality TV show “The Wanted Life.”  Yes, they were surrounded by screaming girls and a few gays, but the Wanted were extremely cool and did their best to accommodate autograph hounds and “photos with” seekers.

Tom Parker of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

Tom Parker of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

Whether or not you like their music, there is one thing you cannot deny, these dudes are frickin’ gorge!

Siva Kaneswaran of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

Siva Kaneswaran of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks so much guys and good luck with the new show!

Jay McGuiness of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

Jay McGuiness of The Wanted and Geoffrey Dicker

You can see photos of The Wanted performing that I took last year over at this link.

An Encounter with New Order

Posted by The G on October 21, 2012 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Bernard Sumner of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Bernard Sumner of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

It’s been one of my dreams to see and meet New Order and I am happy to say – mission accomplished!  It’s unfortunate that Peter Hook is no longer in the band and there seems to be a lot of acrimony between him and the rest of the band which is of course distressing for their fans.  After seeing Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris perform an amazing show, I was fortunate enough to meet the band.

Gillian Gilbert of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Gillian Gilbert of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Bernard, Gillian and Stephen were all so very nice and were happy to take photos and sign some autographs, which made me extra happy!

Stephen Morris of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Stephen Morris of New Order and Geoffrey Dicker

Thanks again to New Order for decades of great music and for being so nice!  Meeting you was a huge thrill for me!

An Encounter with FDeluxe

Posted by The G on November 4, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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FDeluxe!  Formerly known as “The Family,” Fdeluxe was born in 1985 as a side project for Prince and was the first act signed to his Paisley Park label.  Their debut album has been in high rotation with me for  25 years.  It’s only got 9 songs, but it’s a perfect album, according2g.  It features the ultra-funky songs “High Fashion,” “Mutiny” and “The Screams of Passion,” two bad-ass instrumentals “Yes” and “Susannah’s Pajamas,” and the gorgeous slower songs “River Run Dry,” “Desire” and the original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U.”  Though the members of the band have continued making music since 1985, The Family disbanded way too soon and reunited only briefly for the Woodstock of Prince-Protégé’s, The Family Jamm, in Los Angeles in 2003.    I was fortunate enough to attend that show and it only whet my appetite for new songs and more live shows.  I got my wish in 2011 as the band got back together to record their first album in 25 years, “Gaslight.”  For reasons we’ll probably never be able to figure out (read: jealousy), Prince threatened litigation if the band used their original name.  Therefore in 2011, The Family ceased to exist and FDeluxe was born.  As Prince, who once changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol can attest to, the name is irrelevant.  What matters is the music!  FDeluxe are just as funky in 2011 as they were in 1985.  They look great and sound great!

St. Paul Peterson and Geoffrey Dicker

St. Paul Peterson and G

Fdeluxe was in New York on October 29, 2011 to play two sold out shows at Joe’s Pub (and in fact, these shows marked their New York debut).  I’ve been looking forward to this show for so long, nothing would get in my way of this glorious day.   New York experienced a freakish, unseasonable snow storm that day and getting around town was an absolute nightmare!  Snow be damned, I ventured out to the show where I met FDeluxe and I had one of the best experiences you can possibly imagine.  Lead singer “St. Paul” Peterson joked that he brought the Minnesota weather with him.  I gushed to him how much I love his music and he could not have been any nicer.

Susannah Melvoin and Geoffrey Dicker

Susannah Melvoin and G

Co-lead singer, Susannah Melovin was absolutely delightful to speak with and it turns out that my seat for the show was directly in front of her.  Susannah even winked at me several times throughout the show!

Eric Leeds and Geoffrey Dicker
Eric Leeds and G

Eric Leeds is one of my personal gods.  The music he makes on the saxophone is so funky it literally defies words.  I thanked him for all the great music he’s given us throughout the years including work with FDeluxe, Madhouse, Prince and of course his own solo records.  He told me that his extremely underrated album “Things Left Unsaid” is his favorite and that his 2000 album “Now & Again” will be re-released soon.  Once again, he couldn’t have been nicer.

Jellybean Johnson and Geoffrey Dicker
Jellybean Johnson and G

Jellybean Johnson who plays bass as well as the drums occasionally for Fdeluxe was also extremely nice.  He said that he was sort of in a hurry because the band was doing a photo shoot and people were waiting for him.  I jokingly told him that I’d been waiting to see him for a much longer time – 25 years in fact – and he agreed with my logic and took his time chatting with me.

In addition to the band being SO nice, the show was amazing too and I am praying that FDeluxe starts to make this a regular thing.  If you want the same thing, spread the word about “Gaslight.”  Thanks again to Paul, Susannah, Eric and Jellybean for truly making my life better (and much much funkier)!

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