Crappy photos by G.
Glenn Frey, Don Henley
I went to see The Eagles on November 8, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York for the first of 3 sold out shows. Here are 10 insights I gleaned from watching the show.
1. Eagles fans have not aged well. There were not many young people at the show and it was sort of depressing to see so many obese fans with canes trying to squeeze into the seats.
2. The Eagles have a lot of good songs. They played a lot of them too including Tequila Sunrise, Witchy Woman, Lyin Eyes, Those Shoes, Hotel California, In The City, Take It To The Limit, Life In The Fast Lane, Desperado.
3. Having met Don Henley and Glenn Frey and knowing what motherfucking horrible miserable bastard assholes they are towards fans, every time they tried to say “Thanks” or show gratitude at the show, I knew 100% they were lying and I hoped a lighting rig would fall on them.
4. Joe Walsh was the highlight of the show. He played a few scorching guitar solos that brought smiles to my face.
5. Pre-recorded video messages by Henley and Frey to introduce certain songs were horrifyingly cheesy.
6. The loudest applause of the entire night was when Madison Square Garden got the video screens in the cheap seats to work about 7 songs into the concert.
7. After this show, there are very few living legends I have not seen in concert.
8. Despite looking a little worse for wear, the Eagles still sounded great.
9. The show should have been called the “We Want Your Cash Tour.”
10. While happy that I saw the Eagles to “cross them off my list of experiences I want to have in this life,” I will never see them again.
The Eagles – Timothy B Schmit, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh
The set list was:
Saturday Night/ Train Leaves Here In The Morning / Peaceful Easy Feeling / Witchy Woman / Doolin’ Dalton / Tequila Sunrise / Doolin’ Dalton – Desperado (Reprise) / Already Gone / The Best of My Love / Lyin’ Eyes / One of these Nights / Take It To The Limit.
Pretty Maids All In A Row / I Can’t Tell You Why / New Kid In Town / Love Will Keep us Alive / Heartache Tonight / In The City / Life’s Been Good / The Long Run / Funk #49 / Life In The Fast Lane
Take it Easy / Rocky Mountain Way / Desperado
Photos by G.
Matthew Healy of the 1975
Hot new band alert! The UK’s The 1975 played their first of two sold out shows at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom on October 9, 2013. The pop/rock quartet from England have been around for 10 years and 2013 is their break out year. They hit the stage around 10 pm and for a little over an hour, they thrilled the crowd with songs such as “Chocolate,” “Sex” and “The City.” The crowd sung along to most every track and in addition to having stylish haircuts, flashing strobe lights made the show extra fun to watch.
Rather than leave the stage before the encore, lead singer Matt Healy asked the crowd if they could just play straight through and the crowd replied with thunderous applause. All of The 1975′s songs were very catchy, almost made to be placed in films and commercials, so if that appeals to you, check out their music! I spotted the one and only Lindsay Lohan at the show and if you read this blog somewhat regularly (aka, you are one of my heroes), I’m sure you know how that ended. Catch The 1975 again tonight at Bowery Ballroom. No word on if you’ll catch Miss Lindsey there too, but either way, you will have a great time! See the setlist below (featuring drummer George Daniel’s blood – he cut himself during the show, but was a real trooper and played on!)
The 1975 Setlist Bowery Ballroom
Photos by G.
Thom Yorke of Atoms for Peace
On September 27, 2013 Radiohead front-man Thom Yorke’s side project Atoms For Peace performed at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Being a die-hard Radiohead fan, of course I loved the show, but there were a few things that definitely puncture a hole in the otherwise untouchable world of all things Radiohead. The show began at 9:15 and for nearly one hour and 45 minutes, Thom Yorke (with Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on bass) and his band used many of Radiohead’s signature techniques to get the crowd going. Personally, I think Thom Yorke’s voice is so beautiful that he could do an a capella show with no backdrop and I’d love it, but why do that when you can use a crazy-ass lighting system (see below)? Yorke danced, played piano and guitar throughout the show, which included songs such as “Default,” “And It Rained All Night,” “Harrowdown Hill,” “Ingenue” and “Black Swan” (as an unlikely final song) and each song was filled with pretty cool visuals (although, the stage set up was surprisingly recycled from the last Atoms for Peace tour).
Atoms For Peace
Surprisingly, the show was nowhere near sold out, and of course, since one should not expect Radiohead songs to be played (and except for “Paperbag Writer,” a Radiohead B-side, none were), that might have been a deterrent from people filling the seats. The floor, which was general admission, was only about half full, but for those of us that were there, it was pretty awesome. The majority of Thom Yorke’s solo album “The Eraser” was played (though the title track was criminally absent) along with the Atoms for Peace record “Amok,” and again, hearing the songs in a stadium setting made me realize the limitations of the tracks. The Atoms for Peace tracks are quite experimental, and in a huge space such as Barclays, keeping everyone’s attention was not something that Yorke and company were particularly successful at. I am always amused at Thom Yorke’s “dance like no one’s looking” moves, which were used throughout the show, and Flea’s “play the bass like your life depends on it” energy, but many times, a few seconds after a song’s intro, hordes of people were getting out of their seats to mill around instead of watch the show. I saw the last Atoms for Peace show in the much smaller Roseland Ballroom a few years ago and that show, even with a lack of Radiohead songs was mindblowing. The Atoms for Peace show at Barclays had its moments but I think the space was way too big for the material that was presented. Perhaps Mr. Yorke’s ego will be deflated a bit after realizing that he is far from perfect and the Atoms for Peace show was a huge reminder of that. I’m sure I am in the minority on this, but that’s why this site is called According 2 G. A video of “Amok” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
The setlist was:
Before Your Very Eyes / Default / The Clock / Ingenue / Stuck Together Pieces / Unless / And it Rained All Night / Harrowdown Hill / Dropped / Cymbal Rush
Encore 1: Skip Divided / Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses / Rabbit In Your Headlights (UNKLE Cover) / Paperbag Writer (Radiohead Cover) / Amok
Encore 2: Atoms for Peace / Black Swan
Photos by G.
Oliver Sim of The XX
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
Intro / Angels.
Photos by G.
On September 13, 2013 New Order and Joy Division’s Peter Hook packed the house at New York’s Webster Hall as he performed 2 full New Order albums, “Brotherhood” and “Power, Corruption and Lies.” Unfortunately, as of press time, Peter Hook is estranged from the other 3 members of New Order, so they are doing their thing and Peter Hook is doing his thing. Billed as Peter Hook and the Light, you could have closed your eyes and hardly known that you were not hearing the original lineup of New Order. Hook’s voice has a hypnotic way of sounding both like Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and New Order’s Bernard Sumner. Coupled with the fact that Peter Hook has some of the best bass lines in music and that every song (no matter how obscure) induced a full crowd sing-a-long, the show was really awesome!
In addition to hearing songs that I never dreamed I’d ever hear live (like the studio version of “5 8 6,” and “Cries and Whispers”), Peter Hook also dusted off some Joy Division tracks like “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and New Order’s mega-dance floor classic “Blue Monday.” Though technically not on the record “Brotherhood,” the non-album track “Everything’s Gone Green” was also a welcomed surprise to the set and a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned. Thanks Peter for an amazing show!!!
The setlist was:
Ceremony / Procession / Dreams Never End / Truth / Senses / Chosen Time / ICB / The Him / Doubts Even Here / short break / Cries and Whispers / Age of Consent / We All Stand / The Village / 5 8 6 / Your Silent Face / Ultraviolence / Ecstasy / Leave Me Alone
The Beach (Instrumental) / Everything’s Gone Green / Temptation / Blue Monday / Love Will Tear Us Apart
Peter Hook and Geoffrey Dicker 2013. Photo by a complete stranger.
I’d also like to thank Peter Hook for being one of the nicest guys in rock and roll. He was super awesome to sign quite a few things for me from Joy Division, New Order, Monaco and Revenge and even commented on the items as he was signing them. He was even impressed that as he signed a couple of my New Order DVDs, his signature on the items completed them as I’d previously gotten signatures from Bernard, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert. Is that the coolest or what?! Thanks so much Peter!! I love you!