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
Did you ever think you’d ever hear a live version of “Pop Goes The World” by 1980s gods Men Without Hats? I felt the same way – until I saw them in concert! Men Without Hats opened for The Human League at the Best Buy Theatre in New York on Sepember 23, 2011 and I was there to catch all the action. Apparently, this song is about mescaline. YES!
For those that are stuck in the 1980s and think that Human League stopped making music after their worldwide smash hits “Don’t You Want Me,” “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” and “Human,” I’ve got news for you! Human League have never stopped and their latest album “Credo” was released in 2011. One of my favorite songs from the record is “Night People.” I saw Human League perform the song at the Best Buy Theater in New York on September 23, 2011. It looked and sounded just like this…
There is a place… that only… the night people go….
I love Human League. I’ve followed their music since the 1980s and it was so great to finally meet them. I met the group after their show at New York’s Best Buy Theater on September 23, 2011. They were all so cool. It was surprising to me how many fans were hanging out trying to meet the group. The band was extremely accomodating to everyone. It was really great. I was so glad to have the chance to tell The Human League how much I love them and they were all very positive towards me. Thanks Human League for all the great music, past, present and future!
I never thought I’d ever get to see Men Without Hats in concert, but I was proven wrong on September 23, 2011. The Canadian new wave band, comprised of original lead singer Ivan Doroschuck and three new members opened for Human League at the Best Buy Theater in New York. In addition to playing their worldwide smash hits “Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes The World,” (which Ivan said was written about mescaline), they also played lesser known hits such as “Living In China,” “Antarctica,” and “Where Do The Boys Go?” Ivan was extremely animated and danced all over the stage. It was a really fun show and perhaps if you so desire, I’ll post a video of either “Pop Goes The World” or “Safety Dance.” Leave a comment in the comments section and let us know!