The legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York is closing (to be turned into condominiums) and to send off the venue in style, Lady Gaga is performing 7 shows there. I caught her 4th show on April 4, 2014 and it was definitely a spectacle, despite being a paltry hour long! My observations from the show will be coming soon with some pretty spectacular pictures, but to tide you over for now, check out a video of “Born This Way” performed solo with just Gaga and her piano (and of course 3,500 screaming little monsters).
The setlist was:
Born This Way (acoustic) / Black Jesus – Amen Fashion / Monster / Bad Romance / Sexxx Dreams / Dope / You and I / Poker Face (acoustic) / Just Dance / Applause.
I will never get over having Grace in my face seeing the legendary Grace Jones at Roseland Ballroom in New York on October 27, 2012. One of the many highlights of the night was Grace’s rendition of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” Thinking it was the extended version, Grace missed her cue to start singing and, well… you’ll see what happened once you click play! Love you Grace! Thanks again for an amazing night!
O M G! The last time I saw Grace Jones in concert, it blew my mind on such an epic scale, I knew I had to witness her next show from the front row. Best decision I’ve made in a long time! Grace Jones performed a one-off, way sold out show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on October 27, 2012.
Grace Jones is such an amazing performer, it’s hard to put into words just how incredible she is. The show was filled with costume changes, head piece changes, great songs, wind machines, laser lights and confetti! She kicked things off around 9:30 pm with her cover of Iggy Pop’s “Nightclubbing.” The lights were dark except for a hat she wore that had lights swirling around her. “This is the Life” from her most recent album “Hurricane” followed and thus began the costume changes. Towards the end of each song, she ran backstage and changed head pieces. Deafening applause could be heard and Grace told the adoring crowd, “I love you already.”
“My Jamaican Guy” was next and Grace talked about drinking her favorite Jamaican cocktail. Speaking of cock, Grace also pointed out “I really need to suck dick.” The show could have ended there and it would have made my night, but it kept on rolling!
She did the not often performed “Private Life,” next followed by a cover of “Demolition Man” (originally recorded by The Police) and “Libertango (I’ve Seen That Face Before).”
Grace Jones working to the rhythm!
She spoke to the audience in French before launching into Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose,” where she missed her cue and started the song from the middle. She was holding back the laughter and started the song over again. A 13 minute video will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
“Well Well Well” and “Williams Blood” from “Hurricane” were next, and yes, she addressed the fact that New York is threatened with an impending hurricane, due to hit the North East as early as Sunday night. The Normal’s “Warm Leatherette” was next, which featured Grace reflecting light off a shiny ring on her finger. The light show was about to get even more awesome as she performed “Love is the Drug” by Roxy Music wearing a sparkly hat with laser lights reflecting off it.
“Pull Up To The Bumper” was next and Grace jumped into the pit and started dancing with the front row. Little did I know what was about to happen next. She got right in front of me and we locked eyes and she told me to get onto the stage. When Grace Jones tells you to get on stage, you do not question it! You do as you are told by Miss Grace Jones!!! The next thing I knew, security guards lifted me onto the stage and there I was dancing with Grace Jones! (see first photo). It’s all a blur from that point on, but from what I am told, I looked pretty good out there holding my own with the fiercest woman on the planet! I was wearing Penguin Prison’s T-shirt “Don’t Fuck With My Money” and Grace Jones announced to the crowd, “I want that shirt.” I did what anyone in their right mind would do, I gave Grace Jones the shirt off my back – literally! OMG! Off stage, Grace told me to wait backstage for her after the show, so I didn’t get to see the last few songs “Feel Up,” “Slave to The Rhythm” (where she performed it whilst hoola hooping!) and the finale “Hurricane.”
Once the show was over, I was hanging out backstage and Grace was super cool. We took a photo together and she autographed a couple of CDs that I had brought with me. I am not sure I will ever get over such a cool and unexpected surprise as this, so Grace, my new friend – THANK YOU!!!!
Grace Jones and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by one of Grace’s crew.
Picture it: I’m back stage after the Big Audio Dynamite concert and just seconds ago, I chatted with BAD’s lead singer Mick Jones (also a member of Carbon/Silicon and The Clash). I am internally freaking out because I’ve shared such a great moment with a living legend. I turn to my right and standing at the bar are Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club (and formerly of Talking Heads)! I pull myself together and asked for a photo. Both Chris and Tina were super nice and said yes. I was able to pull off taking a photo of the 3 of us with my infamous “take it with your hand” shot! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers paused to review the photo and complimented the photo. Whoa! Moments later, Clem Burke – the drummer from Blondie – joined them at the bar and the next thing you know, I took a soon to be legendary photo of 4 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers! Do you think I’ll get over that any time soon? Not a chance. Thanks again to Tina and Chris both for the great music and for being so cool.
Obviously, a review of Big Audio Dynamite’s show at Roseland Ballroom in New York on April 19, 2011 could be summed up in 3 words: Mick MFing Jones, but I’ll do it in one word: EPIC! The night began at 8 pm with a DJ set from Alex English. The mostly middle-aged crowd was groovin’ to songs by PIL, New Order, Depeche Mode and REM before Big Audio Dynamite hit the stage at 9 pm. Immediately the crowd went bonkers as it seemed to hit everyone at once that Mick Jones from The Clash was performing for us! Playing hits in mostly chronological order (until the encore), Mick Jones told stories about the songs, the records and the rehab in between songs. One thing that I really noticed was that Mick Jones seemed genuinely happy to be performing (and still sounding flawless, I might add). He would have a grin of delight on his face and as soon as it came time for him to sing, his face changed into rock star mode instantly. I was really mesmerized at how on point he is. The newly reformed group played every song you would expect to hear including “E=MC²,” “Medicine Show,” “Rush” and “The Bottom Line.”
Big Audio Dynamite
The show lasted about an hour and a half and included two encores! Mick Jones was so humble to be performing for us and considering what a legend he is, it was really amazing to witness. More than the music, which was also great, there was such a feeling of love in the room, it’s not often felt so strongly as I felt it tonight. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I then attended the VIP after party hosted by Sony. Let me tell you this: they know how to throw a party! Read on for details as well as the set list and an exclusive photo of Mick Jones with a few other legends.