Review: Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on May 5, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Fuckin’ Marr!  The guitar god from The Smiths and Electronic has a solo album out called “The Messenger” and he performed a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on May 3, 2013 to promote it.  Johnny Marr didn’t sing when he was with The Smiths, so many people may not know that he is both great on guitar and vocals.  The show was epic on so many levels.  Of course, the final song featured former Smiths band mate Andy Rourke (more on that in a moment), but in addition Johnny Marr busted out some classic Smiths songs and also a pair of Electronic songs mixed in with tracks from his latest album.

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr played two Electronic songs that I never thought I’d ever hear live before, and though he doesn’t sing lead vocals on the studio versions, he made them his own last night.  He performed “Forbidden City” and “Getting Away With It” which were both great, and if you stay tuned, a video of the latter will be coming soon.  He also dusted off some Smiths classics including “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “London” (and a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned) as well as the final song “How Soon Is Now?” where he brought former band mate Andy Rourke on stage for what will probably be the closest thing to a Smiths reunion that the world ever sees.

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke

On a personal note, it’s really amazing to me that I uploaded a video of the historic performance and it’s already gone viral having been reposted on the likes of Rolling Stone, NME, Brooklyn Vegan and Slicing up Eyeballs!!!

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr doesn’t often tour, but a friendly word to the wise, the next time he comes to your city, do not miss him!  I hope he comes back around because it was really epic hearing his new album mixed in with classic tracks from his past.  Hearing 500 people sing the words in unison also was pretty cool and you could tell that Johnny was having as great a time as the audience.  Respect!

Johnny Marr Merch

Johnny Marr Merch

The setlist was:

The Right Thing Right / Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (Smiths) / Upstarts / Sun & Moon / There is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths) / Forbidden City (Electronic) / London (Smiths) / The Messenger / Generate! Generate! / Say Demesne / Bigmouth Strikes Again (Smiths) / Word Starts Attack / New Town Velocity / I Want The Heartbeat.

Encore: I Fought The Law (Clash) / Getting Away With It (Electronic) / How Soon Is Now (Smiths) – Featuring Andy Rourke.

Led Zeppelin Attend NYC Premiere of “Celebration Day”

Posted by The G on October 10, 2012 under Encounters with G | 3 Comments to Read

Really cruddy photos by G.

Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” – One Night Only at the Ziegfeld in NYC.

You’d think after meeting Morrissey, my night would not get any better (or hell, the decade for that matter), but it did.  Thanks to a tip (much obliged, Joe!) I found out that Led Zeppelin was in New York to attend the premiere of their concert film “Celebration Day” at the Ziegfeld Theatre, which is footage of their one off 2007 reunion gig.  Knowing (and I was right) that the band would be utterly mobbed, I still decided to stick around to see them in person because how often do you get to see Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in the same place at the same time?  Not very often!  Unfortunately, all the members of Led Zeppelin were surrounded by bodyguards and ran straight to their cars, so these are possibly the worst quality photos I’ve ever posted, but what can ya do?

Also spotted at the premiere were artist Jeff Koons, Paul Stanley from Kiss, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks.  Whoa!  What a night!

Celebration Day

Celebration Day

See them after the jump.

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Review: A Conversation With Lindsey Buckingham at 92Y, NYC

Posted by The G on November 5, 2011 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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Lindsey Buckingham 92Y

Lindsey Buckingham at the 92Y in New York

Some people will always remember the 5th of November.  I’ll always remember the 4th of November, 2011.  It’s the day that I met one of my musical gods – Lindsey Buckingham.  The 92Y in New York presented an hour and a half program called “A Conversation with Lindsey Buckingham,” and it was a die-hard fan’s dream come true.  He was interviewed by Anthony DeCurtis, who is obviously a fan of Lindsey’s music, so the discussion was relaxed, open, honest and it really felt like eavesdropping into the mind of one of the biggest musical geniuses of my lifetime.  So many questions I’ve been dying to know the answers to were answered as Lindsey Buckingham talked about everything from his love for the Brian Jones era of the Rolling Stones to the creative genius and madness of Brian Wilson to the changes of the marketability of music, some of his current favorites (including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors), his kids listening to the music of Katy Perry to getting to and being in a place where his life is totally enriched by being a family man – which wasn’t always the case in the “glory days” of Fleetwood Mac.  He was even asked what he would have done if Fleetwood Mac didn’t happen and though Lindsey found the question to be interesting, he said it was too hard to speculate but he also reiterated the magic event of himself and Stevie Nicks getting the opportunity to become members of Fleetwood Mac and how it changed the direction their lives took.

Lindsey has a new solo album, the excellent “Seeds We Sow,” and he talked about how the album came about, as well the differences between being a solo artist and being with a super group such as Fleetwood Mac – the small machine and big machine, as he put it.  Lindsey Buckingham has clearly thought through his incredible journey and is incredibly optimistic about his outlook on life.  This conversation was very intimate and from reading recent interviews, it’s interesting to see how his words can get twisted.  For example, he prefaced rumours (pun sort of intended) of  getting back together with Fleetwood Mac and he was honest by saying, Lindsey, Stevie, Mick and John are down for it, times are being scheduled for 2012 for the Mac to get together, but also things can change because that’s just how life goes sometimes.  The press likes to turn that into definite statements.

Lindsey fans – read on – there’s info about Buckingham Nicks after the jump!

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Cibo Matto live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on July 19, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto

Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto

Cibo Matto, the Japanese acid jazz/trip hop band broke up in 2001.  They’ve recently reunited and celebrated getting back together with a  sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on July 18, 2011.  The band’s name means “crazy food” in Italian, so as you should expect, many of their songs are about food.  Lead singer Miho Hatori’s stories in between songs were absolutely hilarious.  Of course, many of them were about food, but she addressed the real reason the band broke up – they all went to jail!  She was kidding, but had some pretty great stories about the types of food they would have eaten in jail.

Cibo Matto

Cibo Matto

Highlights for me were the songs “Sci-Fi Wasabi” and “Know Your Chicken,” which was the final number of the night.  Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger opened up for Cibo Matto and is Sean Lennon’s band.  Sean got his musical start in Cibo Matto and he joined his former band mates for the song “Moonchild.”  Lennon reflected on his days in the band and mentioned traveling the world with Cibo Matto eating delicious food together on their journeys.  The band happily signed merchandise after the show was over but before they exited the stage, they gave the crowd something to whet our appetites – Cibo Matto is recording a new album!  For those of us hungry for new music from Cibo Matto, the band promises to satiate us very soon.  Stay tuned!

Cibo Matto with Sean Lennon

The setlist was:

Beef Jerky / Le Pain Perdu / Sugar Water / Spoon / BBQ / Moonchild (with Sean Lennon) / Tenth Floor Ghost Girl / Sci-Fi Wasabi / Check In / Birthday Cake.

Encore:  Blue Train / Know Your Chicken

Courtney Love and the Virgin Prunes Live At Carnegie Hall

Posted by The G on October 6, 2009 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Courtney Love performing live at Carnegie Hall October 4, 2009

Courtney Love performing live at Carnegie Hall October 4, 2009

The hot mess Courtney Love appeared at Carnegie Hall on October 4, 2009 to be a part of Gavin Friday’s AIDS benefit to help raise money for the disease.  She introduced the reunion of Gavin Friday’s old band and former U2 opening act, The Virgin Prunes (who haven’t played together in over 15 years), plus she also performed, both with Friday and actress/singer Scarlett Johansson.

See pictures of all that after the jump.

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