Review: Lady Gaga’s ArtRAVE – The ArtPop Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden

Posted by The G on May 14, 2014 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Gaga ooh la la!  On May 13, 2014 Lady Gaga made her return to New York’s Madison Square Garden with a sold out “ArtRAVE” as part of her ArtPop Ball Tour.  For nearly 2 hours (and for those wondering, she went on around 9:45 pm – doors were at 8), Lady Gaga and her dancers hosted the biggest party Manhattan had to offer for the night.

Lady Gaga featuring Jeff Koons' Gazing Ball

Lady Gaga featuring Jeff Koons’ Gazing Ball

The stage had ‘legs’ where Gaga and her dancers were able to run around the whole of the floor of Madison Square Garden and they didn’t stop moving for the duration of the show, save for when Gaga sat down at the piano.  The bad part about the stage set up was that there were large portions of the show where depending on your seat, you only got to see the backs of everyone.  My only complaint was that I really didn’t get to see a lot of the visuals that were shown on the screens behind the dancers.  As you can see below, this was my view of Gaga for a large portion of the show.

My view for the majority of the Gaga show.

My view for the majority of the Gaga show.

The best part of the show for me was Gaga’s love for her fans.  She is truly grateful for the position she is in and she expressed her gratitude to the audience throughout the show.  And unlike other superstars who say those things and then when you catch them with the cameras off, their actions are quite the opposite, Gaga puts her money where her mouth is, so to speak, and treats her fans with respect and love.  At one point in the show, fans threw gifts and letters to her on stage and she read a few letters to the crowd.  She invited those people to come party with her backstage after the show!  What other superstar does that?  Crickets chirping…

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Before a piano rendition of “Born This Way” (not unlike this version that I saw earlier in the year), she mentioned that many of her friends and early supporters were at the show and she tearfully thanked them all for believing in her.  She inspired the audience to keep being her inspiration and she told the crowd so many times to be who you truly are without apologies.  Clearly, you can’t and shouldn’t compare Gaga’s show to Miley Cyrus’ concert, but for someone with such young fans who don’t know tons about the world, the message Gaga puts out is inspiring and empowering and Miley’s message is basically “please degrade yourself for attention.”

Octo-Gaga!

Octo-Gaga!

Gaga had a ton of costume changes, including an octopus-like outfit which you can see above, but to be completely honest, after seeing Gaga a bunch of times in concert, I don’t think this was the best Gaga show I’ve been to.  Perhaps she’s done so many outrageous things that she is having a hard time topping herself and perhaps because her newer material is not that strong, that made for some lulls in the show.

Lady Gaga balancing chairs on her head.

Lady Gaga balancing chairs on her head.

There were many highs though.  She performed all (or bits of) most of her great songs including “Poker Face,” “Just Dance,” “Telephone,” “Alejandro” (of which a video will be coming soon, so stay tuned!), “Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance” and a large portion of “ArtPop” was performed including the title track, “Aura,” “Mary Jane Holland,” “MANiCURE,” “Swine,” “Sexx Dreams,” “Applause” “Do What You Want,” and rapper T.I. came out for a guest appearance on “Jewels N’ Drugs.”

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Did you go to the ArtRAVE?  What did you think?  Tell us about your experience in the comments section.

Lady Gaga - The Merch

Lady Gaga – The Merch

The setlist was:

Artpop / G.U.Y. / Donatella / Fashion! / Venus / MANiCURE / Cake Like Lady Gaga / Just Dance / Poker Face / Telephone / Partynauseous / Paparazzi / Do What U Want / Born This Way (Piano Version) / Jewels N’ Drugs (with T.I.) / Aura / Sexx Dreams / Mary Jane Holland / Alejandro / Ratchet / Bad Romance / Applause / Swine

Encore: Gypsy (not the Fleetwood Mac song)

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Must Have Art Book: “If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” by Morley

Posted by The G on April 17, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Read the First Comment

Photos courtesy of Morley.

"If You're Reading This, There's Still Time." by Morley.  Out NOW!

“If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” by Morley. Out NOW!

Artist Morley has not only made the leap from the streets to galleries, but he can also add ‘Author’ to his list of career highlights.  His first book “If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” is out now!  If you are unfamiliar with Morley’s work, you can remedy that by reading a Q&A Morley and I did in 2011 (wow, where does the time go?!) and you will instantly fall in love with his wit (and as a bonus, he sent us a photo of his cat Nelson wearing a sweater!).   Morley’s art has been seen all over the world and he is equal parts Banksy and Steven Wright.  Needless to say, I’ve loved his work for years and I am ecstatic about this book!  Congratulations Morley!!!

IF YOU’RE READING THIS, THERE’S STILL TIME — MORLEY BOOK PROMO from Morley on Vimeo.

Morley on Tour!

Morley on Tour!

Morley is embarking on a book tour (with unique free gift at each stop) and you will not want to miss your chance to meet him in the flesh.

The dates are as follows.  Click on the above photo for more details.

4/19/14 Lab Art, Los Angeles, California

4/21/14 Skylight Books, Los Angeles, California

4/24/14 Book Soup, Los Angeles, California

5/1/14 Campfire Gallery, San Francisco, California

5/2/14 The Phoenix Theater/Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, California

5/4/14 Powell’s Bookstore, Portland, Oregon

5/6/14 Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, Washington

5/9/14 The 11:11 Gallery, Tarzana, California

5/24/14 The Art in Public Panel, Tarzana, California

5/29/14 The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, Maryland

5/30/14 Atmosphere, Arlington, Virginia

5/31/14 Prarie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa

If you attend any of these events, tell him “According2G sent you.”  And he’ll no doubt reply to you with “Who in the hell is that?”  :)

“If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time.” by Morley can be yours at this link (which will open in new window)!

Get it now and tell a friend!

 

Review: Fleetwood Mac live at Madison Square Garden

Posted by The G on April 9, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos and words by G.

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingam - MSG 2013

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingam – MSG 2013

The Mac is back!  On April 7, 2013, Fleetwood Mac tore the roof off the sold out Madison Square Garden in New York.  I’ve been a Fleetwood Mac fan for as long as I can remember, and I have seen them in concert about 10 times since they reunited in 1997 plus numerous solo shows by both Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.  Separately, they are geniuses in their own right, but when they get together on stage, they are electric!  For the FM fans that have seen it all when it comes to this band, you cannot honestly say it anymore without seeing this tour.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

In addition to the hits (which I’ll get to in a minute), they played a new song entitled “Sad Angel” which is on par with classic era Fleetwood Mac material as well as the recently dusted off and previously unreleased Buckingham Nicks era track “Without You.”  The fact that that song is seeing a fresh new life was worth the hefty concert price for me, but there were so many highlights.  And as a die-hard Fleetwood Mac fan, it will be my absolute pleasure to premiere these live videos for you, so please stay tuned.  You’ll love them both, I assure you!

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks!  When you think of the abuse she put her body through with drugs, it’s amazing she’s still alive let alone performing night after night and looking and sounding great.  During a 4 song mini-set in tribute to the album “Tusk,” Stevie sang “Sara” and “Sisters of the Moon,” which she said has not been performed since 1979 (but of course, being a die-hard, I will correct her because who could forget the Mirage Tour performance where she speaks in tongues at the end of the song?)  She didn’t speak in tongues this time around, but she delivered great vocals and also sang “Gold Dust Woman,” “Gypsy,” as well as her solo hit “Stand Back.”

Lindsey Buckingham MSG 2013

Lindsey Buckingham MSG 2013

While I love Stevie Nicks and I think she’s really fantastic, it’s no secret that Lindsey Buckingham is one of my gods.  His guitar playing is otherworldly and whether he’s in the Mac or singing solo material, he takes me to another place.  Every time I try and talk myself out of seeing Fleetwood Mac because of the fact I’ve seen them so many times and ticket prices are high, I remember that Lindsey Buckingham will play “I’m So Afraid,” which features my favorite guitar solo of all time (and it varies each time he plays it), and I make sure I am there.  That is a song that has grown organically as he plays it live and over the years, and it just gets better and better.  A video of “I’m So Afraid” will be coming soon so please stay tuned.  If you aren’t a Lindsey Buckingham fan after you see that incredible performance, we can no longer be friends!  Ha!  But seriously, you will see what a genius he is if you weren’t already aware. Speaking of genius and organically grown songs, “Eyes of the World,” “Second Hand News,” “Never Going Back Again,” and “Big Love” all were performed and their live renditions have become as great (if not better) than their original studio versions.

John McVie and Stevie Nicks MSG 2013

John McVie and Stevie Nicks MSG 2013

Set list staples such as “The Chain,” “Landslide,” “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” “Don’t Stop” (featuring Stevie singing Christine Mc Vie’s parts), and “Go Your Own Way” were played.  Even if you are sick of those songs because they play them to death on the radio, hearing the whole of Madison Square Garden sing along with the band is an experience that should not be missed!

Mick Fleetwood MSG

Mick Fleetwood MSG

Mick Fleetwood got his drum solo in during the ‘White Album’s “World Turning.”  Mick also closed the show by wishing that we all treat each other with respect and love, which is a great thought to leave with.  Go Mick!  The final two songs were the “Rumours” b-side turned hit “Silver Springs” and “Say You Will’s” “Say Goodbye,” which was a beautiful song to end a perfect night.   And for those wondering, they hit the stage around 8:25 pm and ended just around 11 pm.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

The band had pretty cool visuals on the screens behind them and by the end of the show, they were playing in front of huge versions of themselves up on the screens which was a fun thing to look at as the songs of our generation were performed in front of us.

John McVie and Stevie Nicks MSG

John McVie and Stevie Nicks MSG

Fleetwood Mac is on tour for much of 2013, so do not miss them when they come to your city.  Thanks Fleetwood Mac for blowing my mind yet again!

Fleetwood Mac - The Merch

Fleetwood Mac – The Merch

See the setlist after the jump.

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Atoms For Peace Announce 2013 Tour

Posted by The G on March 18, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

Atoms For Peace Billboard in Los Angeles

Atoms For Peace Billboard in Los Angeles

Thom Yorke of Radiohead’s solo project Atoms For Peace have announced a brief European, US and Japanese tour.  The dates (via every website on the internet) are:

07-06 Paris, France – Zenith
07-09 Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
07-10 Munich, Germany – Zenith
07-12 Trenčín, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival
07-13 Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
07-16 Rome, Italy – Rock in Roma @ Ippodromo delle Capannelle
07-17 Milan, Italy – City Sound Festival @ Ippodromo del Galoppo
07-21 Ferropolis, Germany – Melt Festival
07-24 London, England – Roundhouse
07-25 London, England – Roundhouse
07-26 London, England – Roundhouse
09-24 Philadelphia, PA – Liacouras Center
09-27 New York City, NY – Barclays Center
09-30 Fairfax, VA – Barclay Center
10-02 Chicago, IL – UIC Pavilion
10-16 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
10-17 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
11-18 Osaka, Japan – Zepp Namba
11-19 Osaka, Japan – Zepp Namba
11-21 Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast
11-22 Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast
11-23 Tokyo, Japan – Shinkiba Studio Coast

Tickets go on sale via Ticketbastards on March 23, 2013 at Noon.

 

 

Fleetwood Mac to Release A Buckingham Nicks Classic

Posted by The G on February 13, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

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Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

Rumours (literally) have been swelling that Fleetwood Mac will revisit a never before released Buckingham Nicks classic on their upcoming 2013 tour and we’ve learned that the song will be “Without You.”  If you’re a diehard Buckingham Nicks fan, your head is probably caving in right now since it’s such a beautiful song.  This is going to be an exciting year for Fleetwood Mac fans and it’s already gotten off to a great start with the re-release of the Rumours album, which features a disc of unreleased rough demos that have never been heard before and the jewels in the crown include a Stevie Nicks demo of “The Chain” (with completely different music and lyrics aside from the lyrics of the chorus) and also a Christine McVie demo called “Keep Me There” which is also a rough demo of “The Chain.”  It features the music we’ve all come to know and love, but again, with completely different lyrics!  This set is a must have if you want to hear the process in making what is one of the best albums of all time!

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