This is a no-brainer! Reeve Carney, star of Spider-Man on Broadway and lead singer of the band Carney, has been cast as Jeff Buckley in the “official” bio-pic about the singer’s life. As a big fan of Jeff Buckley’s music, I was dreading the prospect of a movie because the names being thrown around that were in consideration to play Jeff are not singers. I am happy that if a movie has to be made, Reeve Carney who can both sing and act will be in it. It helps that he looks and sounds a lot like Jeff and from what I’ve heard so far, he’ll sing the songs so I am very excited about that.
Not so long ago, I saw Carney perform and Reeve performed two songs by two different legends – Queen and The Beatles! Coincidentally, the banter before the song is something you’d hear at a Jeff Buckley concert so I am excited for the film. Don’t let me down like you usually do Hollywood!
And now, enjoy seeing Reeve Carney sing “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen followed by “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by The Beatles.
Carney! Lead singer Reeve Carney is currently starring in Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Broadway. On his night off, he performed with his brother Zane in their rock and roll band Carney. The group played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on July 25, 2011 and it was incredible. The brothers Carney are so stylish and good looking that even if you didn’t like their music at all, at the very least you’d have eye candy – but their music rocks! Reeve Carney’s voice reminds me a bit like Jeff Buckley and the songs they play have a very nice rock edge to them. They are known for jamming out on a song for 10 minutes and every member of the 4 piece band is a great musician.
The show began with another member of the very talented Carney family, Paris Carney, serving as the opening act. Her brothers hit the stage around 10 pm and they played my favorites such as “Love Me Chase Me,” “Amelie / Mr. Green,” and they even played a new song entitled “Le Deluge.” Like the last time I saw Carney, they did an amazing cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” that melds into “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by The Beatles and it is not easy to pull off a good sounding cover of either of those classic tracks. Carney delivers. Stay tuned for a video of that performance! It’s amazing! Carney did a meet and greet with fans after the show and the band members are so cool! Also cool is the fact that Carney will be opening for U2 at selected shows on U2’s latest tour, so it’s only a matter of time until the cat is out of the bag – Carney are great! Spread the word and more importantly, see Carney while you still can at smaller venues – they are going to be huge!
See the set list, my encounter with this awesome band and a photo of Paris Carney after the jump.
Bono! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer from U2 was in New York on June 13, 2011 to speak at the 92Y with his band-mate The Edge about the Spider-Man musical that they composed the music for. Bono arrived to a crowd of 150 fans who were waiting for the singer to enter the venue. From my numerous past experiences in this kind of situation, you never know what’s going to happen. Sometimes the star will sign a few and sometimes the sheer size of the crowd makes it impossible for them to come chat with the crowd. And then there’s Bono. Bono got out of his car and talked with fans, took photos and signed autographs! It was as if he wanted everyone to have a personalized experience with him so he really took his time and was probably with the crowd for a good 15 minutes! WOW! I got a few signatures as well as a photo! When I asked him to take a picture with me, he even saluted you, my dear readers! That’s definitely going down as one of the best rock-star encounters I’ve ever had. Thanks again Bono! That was so cool of you! Moments later, The Edge arrived and he waved to the crowd but didn’t stop to talk to anyone or sign autographs. You win some, you lose some. I definitely feel like I am walking away from this encounter as a winner. Pro-Bono!
When I met Reeve Carney, the star of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Broadway, earlier this year, I was very impressed with how nice he was. I did some research to find out more about him and I discovered Reeve is in a band called Carney. I decided that I’d see the band the next chance I got. That night turned out to be Valentine’s Day, 2011. Carney played a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Due to overwhelming popularity, the band had to switch venues to accommodate ticket sales. Carney’s music reminds me a bit of Jeff Buckley as many songs feature epic screaming and climactic guitar solos. Oh and watching Reeve Carney with his chiseled body and super good looks added to a great night.
The band played songs off their debut album “Mr. Green Volume 1,” some new songs that were promised to be on album number 2. We were also treated to covers of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (minus the operatic middle section) as well as The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” Many of the songs played during the 2 hour set were long and featured a jamming section before returning to the theme of the song. The band did their job as rock stars and I bought the CD at the merch table before the night was over. After the show, the band had an impromptu meet and greet with fans and once again, Reeve Carney was a totally cool guy.
It’s uncertain when the Los Angeles based band will be playing another show, as the band played during Spider-Man’s night off. I do know this, I’ll be back whenever it is. Thanks again to Carney for putting on such a great show and Happy Valentine’s Day!
See another picture of Reeve Carney as well as the setlist after the jump.