Posted by The G on April 9, 2014 under G Videos | Comments are off for this article
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On April 2, 2014, I finally got to see the legendary Kraftwerk live in concert at the United Palace Theater in New York. It was worth the wait as the electronic pioneers blew my mind with their show. If you read my “10 Observations” from the show, you saw that my only complaint was not from the band but from the audience! Everyone around my section kept getting up and walking back and forth, and when being in the presence of so much greatness, it was unbelievable that these people would spend their money/energy going to a show and then not watch it! I could of course go into a diatribe about how the definition of “retarded” should be changed because some people are merely physically challenged and others are deliberately clueless. But I won’t. Instead, I will show you a world exclusive video of “The Man Machine.” Again, please try to disregard the number of heads that totally cock-block an otherwise perfect video.
To say the Kraftwerk show (their second of 2 sold out nights) at the United Palace Theater in New York on April 2, 2014 was mind-blowing is taking the easy way out. The show took all of your senses on a journey for 2 solid hours and frankly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same again. Here are 10 things I observed at the Kraftwerk show. As you look through these pictures, please note that the show was in 3-D, which pushed the boundaries out a little further on the definition of the word “epic.”
1. Mind-blowing visuals were not saved for the finale. The show got better and better with each new song. With a 20 song set list, my brain was so over-stimulated, I could barely even function once the show was over! Of course, I pulled it together eventually 😉
2. The United Palace Theater is absolutely stunning. It’s very ornate (more so than the Beacon Theatre), and though it’s located on 179th Street, the trek was completely worth it. Security would not let you find your own seat. They insisted they help you to your seat which caused a traffic jam of epic (and extremely annoying) proportions.
Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk
3. Ralf Hutter is the only original member of Kraftwerk that is still in the band.
4. Despite being one of the most visually stunning shows I’ve ever seen, SO MANY PEOPLE felt compelled to keep getting up during the show and walked back and forth thus obstructing the views of so many people who actually attended the show to WATCH IT! I swear, what is wrong with people?! Either they text too much, talk too much, or in this case walk around too much. What’s the point of going to a show if you aren’t going to be present?
5. The lone words Ralf uttered to the crowd were “Auf Wiedersehen.”
6. Even though some of their songs are 40 years old, they still sounded fresh and contemporary. Accept no other robot substitutes (read: Daft Punk)
7. Being in a room filled with nearly 4,000 people wearing 3-D glasses was super cool!
8. This show definitely goes down as one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to, and I’ve seen thousands of bands.
9. Coldplay (on their song “Talk”) basically stole the music for “Computer Love” and 2 Live Crew (on their song “Dick Almighty”) took “The Man-Machine.” I hope they paid royalties! Hearing their music makes you realize what pioneers Kraftwerk are and how many musicians owe them a lot for being so forward thinking.
10. If Kraftwerk ever comes to your town, DO NOT MISS THE SHOW UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
And now, enjoy some more stunning photos from the show!
Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk and Geoffrey Dicker
Great meeting you Ralf, and as I told you in person – thanks again for one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever attended! You are a god!
Stay tuned for a video of “The Man-Machine” (where you will see what I complained about in Observation #4).
The setlist was:
The Robots / Metropolis / Numbers – Computer World / It’s More Fun To Compute / Home Computer / Computer Love / The Man-Machine / Spacelab / The Model / Neon Lights / Autobahn / Prologue / Tour De France 1983 / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 1) / Tour De France 2003 (Etape 2) / Airwaves / News / Geiger Counter – Radioactivity/ Ohm Sweet Ohm / Trans-Europe Express – Metal On Metal – Abzug / Boing Boom Tschak – Techno Pop – Musique Non Stop
Posted by The G on November 20, 2009 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article
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In an almost too good to be true year of seeing hundreds of shows in 2009 (reference any month in this blog for proof), I capped an amazing run by seeing an icon – Bob Dylan. On November 19, 2009, Bob Dylan played his 3rd and final sold out show at the United Palace Theater in New York. Every movement, every word and every minute of the concert was legendary. It was as if you could see a video biography of Dylan’s iconic moments in your head every time the legend sang in his trademark whiny voice. Aside from introducing the band, he never said a word to the audience, but it didn’t matter. Dylan got thunderous applause and standing ovations after pretty much every song. He played keyboards, guitar and harmonica throughout the night.
Like a rolling stone.
He focused on playing a lot of his newer material, but luckily spared us from singing tracks from his recently released Christmas album. Of note, he played “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Jolene,” “All Along The Watchtower,” and “Like A Rolling Stone.” Words cannot express the feeling of seeing these songs performed live by the man himself in New York! He changes the setlist drastically every night and the man is 68 years old! Though he wouldn’t take his hat off for us, my hat’s off to you Mr. Dylan!
See some more pictures and the setlist after the jump.
Posted by The G on October 18, 2009 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article
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Gary Go live at the United Palace Theater - October 16, 2009
On October 16, 2009, British singer Gary Go opened for Mika at the United Palace Theater in New York. You might know him from supporting acts such as Lady Gaga or Take That’s most recent tour of the UK, but if you don’t, his music is pretty mellow, along the same vibes as Keane or The Script. If you don’t know those bands, well I can’t help ya. Here’s a fun fact about Gary Go: He wrote most of the lyrics for the song “the Heart Balloon,” by asking his Twitter followers to submit a line for the song.
On October 16, 2009, Mika played a sold out show at the United Palace Theater. I was on hand for the festivities as Mika played songs from his albums “Life In Cartoon Motion” and “The Boy Who Knew Too Much.” The audience was comprised mostly of screaming teenage girls, and Mika gave them a lot to scream about. He dances all over the stage – barefoot – while making everybody enjoy his crafty pop songs. If you don’t know his music, he’s got a little bit of Freddie Mercury meets Jake Shears in his voice. I was very happy when he played “Pick Up Off The Floor” and “Love Today” and he also performed hits “Grace Kelly,” “Lollipop,” “We Are Golden,” and “Billy Brown,” plus new songs “Dr. John,” “Rain,” and “Blame it on the Girls.”
Enjoy some more pictures of Mika and see the set list after the jump.