Bono, Lady Gaga, Courtney Love, Scarlett Johansson and Rufus Wainwright at Carnegie Hall!

Posted by The G on October 5, 2009 under G Reviews | 8 Comments to Read

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Bono performing live at Carnegie Hall!

Bono performing live at Carnegie Hall!

As usual, I was in the right place at the right time, and tonight’s place to be was Carnegie Hall in Manhattan for “Gavin Friday and Friends,” a benefit concert to raise money for AIDS research.

This star-studded sold-out event featured performances by U2 (performing T. Rex’s “Children of the Revolution”), Lady Gaga, Courtney Love, Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson, Antony, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan (of the Pogues) and Lydia Lunch, just to name a few.  There’ll be more pictures to come – so bookmark this site and tell a million of your friends –  but for now, feast your eyes on these pictures (including a rare solo-piano performance from Lady Gaga).

See them plus the set list after the jump.

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A Steady Rain

Posted by The G on October 2, 2009 under G Reviews | 6 Comments to Read

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Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman

Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman

Picture it.  A crisp New York night and I had tickets to the hottest show in town:  A Steady Rain at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, starring two of Hollywood’s hottest (and I mean hottest) actors:  Daniel Craig (also known as 007 James Bond) and Hugh Jackman (also known as X-Men’s Wolverine).

A Steady Rain is a 2-man show about two Chicago cops telling their stories of love, loss, guilt, rage and murder in the big city. Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman were amazing!  These are roles like you’ve never seen these A-listers before, so this show is a must see!  Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig are so watchable in this play that when the curtain goes down, you’ll be begging for more.  The show runs through December 6, and a lot of the performances are already sold out, so get your tickets while you can!

After the performance, I met both actors who both graciously signed my Playbill, so see that as well as more of Hugh and Daniel after the jump.

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Fever Ray – Live At Webster Hall

Posted by The G on September 29, 2009 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray.

Karin Dreijer Andersson of Fever Ray.

I had no idea what to expect when I went to the first of 2 sold out shows by Fever Ray at Manhattan’s Webster Hall on September 28, 2009. I know that lead singer Karin Dreijer Andersson was formerly in The Knife and I know that she’s pretty well known for dressing up in strange costumes on stage. As far as the rest of it, I decided to let the band do their job and turn a complete stranger into a fan.  Mission accomplished!

At the stroke of 10 pm when Fever Ray hit the stage, these weird figures in strange costumes appeared on stage and when the thumping tribal electronic music started pulsing, we were treated to a laser lights show that Pink Floyd would tip their hats to.  The smoke and lasers engulfed the room and at times, it felt like I was starring in my own version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Relax music video.  It’s no wonder that their self titled album is already a shoe in for most best of the year album lists.  Also, Time Out New York has named this show one of the hottest tickets in town this week and it’s easy to see how both nights of this spectacle have sold out.

See some of the amazing lighting after the jump.

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G Meets Carrie Fisher!

Posted by The G on September 28, 2009 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Not the greatest angle for G and Carrie Fisher!

Not the greatest angle for G and Carrie Fisher!

Here’s a sentence I am elated to say:  I met and took my picture with Princess Leia at Studio 54!

Carrie Fisher is performing a 1-woman show called “Wishful Drinking” at the Roundabout Theater in the legendary Studio 54.  The show is based on her hilarious book of the same title and both will have you on the ground laughing from start to finish. She tells how she became an alcoholic and drug addict by telling hilarious stories from growing up with Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher as her parents to getting cast in Star Wars, playing Princess Leia, the success of the film, how the experience of seeing her likeness as a pez dispenser, blow up doll etc. can really mess with your head, to marrying Paul Simon.  You cannot even begin to imagine how many insane things this woman has seen and done in her brief 52 year life.  She was also married to a homosexual (and had a kid with him) and a person (also gay) died in her bed recently.  She’s publicly spoken out about being Bipolar and her picture is even in textbooks about the disorder.  Wow!  You can read more about the show and get tickets here.

As a life long fan of the Star Wars movies, it was incredible to see her open up on some insider stories about the films (like the fact that George Lucas didn’t allow her to wear a bra because he said “they don’t have bras in space.  If they did, it would choke the women to death because there’s no gravity”) and even recited her infamous scene from Star Wars where she delivers a message via videogram inside R2 to Obi Wan Kenobi about why R2D2 and C3p0 need to be delivered safely to Alderan!

I recommend this show if you are interested in any of the above things because she talks about all of them in length.  The show runs until January, 2010, so get your tickets before it’s too late!

See a couple more pix after the jump.

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Phoenix Live in Central Park

Posted by The G on September 27, 2009 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Thomas Mars of Phoenix!

Thomas Mars of Phoenix!

French rock band Phoenix played their second of two sold out shows in New York’s Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 26, 2009.  A little bit of rain did not stop these French rockers from making the audience dance, groove and lose control as they played hit after hit including their new single “Liztomania.”  A few fun facts about Phoenix (try saying that 1o times fast!):  Phoenix started off as the backing band for the group Air on a remix of “Kelly Watch The Stars.”  Some of the members also split off to join the band that would eventually become Daft Punk.

See more photos and the set list after the jump:

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