Let me first say that I will probably never wash my shoulder again! Ha. I’ve always thought Enrique Iglesias was really handsome, but in person, I will not lie when I say that my knees got weak! I met Enrique recently as he performed a secret show in Manhattan. Despite lots of girls (and a few gays) wanting a piece of the man, he did his best to accommodate everyone and we love when that happens. Thanks Enrique for being so nice and so ffffing good looking! x
Happy birthday to singer Sharon Jones! If you’ve never seen her in concert, you are missing out. She is an amazing performer who will make you leave the venue feeling like you’ve just had a religious musical experience. Happy birthday Sharon! Love you!
Also born today, Keith Haring, actor Will Arnett, Lance Bass of N’Sync and another amazing singer, Oleta Adams. Cheers!
Several months ago, I saw British singer Tom Odell’s first US show. I was blown away watching the 21 year old singer who at times channels Thom Yorke, Chris Martin and Tom Waits. Needless to say, I was very excited to see Tom Odell on his second trip to New York where he performed at Bowery Ballroom on May 2, 2013. The show opened with folk/rock singer Jeremy Messersmith who got the crowd in good mood with his mellow love songs (and songs about Tatooine, graveyards and organ donors!)
Go to Jeremy Messersmith’s website where you can sample his music and if you like what you hear, you can download his 4 albums for a “pay as you wish” price for a limited time. Don’t be cheap, support emerging artists!
At 10 pm, Tom Odell hit the stage and kicked off the evening with a cover of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” before launching into his soon to be hit “Hold Me.” You can see a video of the pair of tracks below. Throughout the 12 song set, Odell played piano and guitar and had a nice mix of ballads and rockers. I spotted Tony Award winner James Corden in the audience who was singing along to every song by Tom Odell. Odell also performed an awesome cover of The Beatles’ “Oh Darling,” which will hopefully be officially released because it rocked! His EP “Songs from Another Love” is out now, and you should check out his music as Tom Odell is tremendously talented. Just click play below and you’ll see what I mean.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I love Erykah Badu. When you go to one of her shows, it’s less of a concert and more like a soulful religious experience. Whether she’s telling amazing stories in between songs, schooling the audience to the spiritual side of life, or just singing different and funky versions of her great songs (and she never disappoints in that area), you will leave her shows feeling lighter and wishing that she would release all of her concerts on CD/DVD/MP3. Though I’ve seen Erykah Badu in concert many times in the last decade, I realized the last time I met her was in 2001 in Minneapolis after both her and I danced on stage at a Prince concert. Whoa! Erykah is cool as ever and in fact, when I asked her to take a photo, she stepped up to the plate and took the photo herself. I kind of look like I photo bombed a selfie of her, but I actually love the way it came out. Erykah, you are a goddess and I love you! Thanks for being super cool and super funky!
Iggy Pop! One of the true rock gods was in New York to perform a secret show in our fair city. Sadly, tickets were pretty much impossible to come by, but I figured it was worth a shot. Well, in a case of you win some you lose some, I was unable to get into the show. However, I got to meet the man of the hour, Iggy Pop! He was super cool and even signed a lady’s chest. Why I didn’t take a picture of that, I’ll never know. As you may recall, a long time ago, I was fortunate enough to see what was supposedly Iggy’s final stage dive, a story which went viral in the wee infancy of According2g.com, so that makes Iggy an even bigger god to me. Thanks for being so cool Iggy and may you have many more decades of rockin’!