Posted in music | pictures on March 31, 2006

PAPER Magazine held their 9th annual 'Beautiful People' party at Hiro Ballroom in NYC Thursday night (March 30, 2006). It was an unadvertised invite-only kind of thing. Thanks so much Mike for thinking of your Antony-obsessed friend when deciding who to waste your +1 on. I was psyched. Unfortunately the show by the magazine's latest cover boy was a complete disaster. I've never experienced a ruder audience anywhere. Not even Jose Gonzalez in a beer tent compared. Then again maybe the inattentive crowd didn't even realize what was going on down front.

Antony & The Johnsons @ Hiro Ballroom

The three hour open-bar party started at 8:00. Antony was scheduled to go on at 10:00 (which meant I definitely wasn't making it to the Editors show at Webster Hall). He came on around 10:20. The stage at Hiro is small and low to the ground. You can walk right up to it. I did. It's the closest I've been to Antony's piano keys - ever. If nothing else, it was a great photo-op.

Antony & The Johnsons @ Hiro Ballroom

The crowd was seriously so loud that I could barely hear Antony, and I was right next to him. After the first song Antony said he was imagining the room was actually silent, and that the noise was the sound of ghosts of people who died 100 years ago (or something like that). After the second song he announced that the third would be his last. He wasn't lying.

Antony & The Johnsons @ Hiro Ballroom

Also in the crowd: Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters, Bravo Silva (also beautiful), Michael Musto (actually I only saw him arrive on his bike outside - not sure if he went in), all the Heatherettes, Ultragrrrl (DJing), the Misshapes, half nelson, and Perez Hilton.

Previously
Antony guests on Ruben Butchart album | Listen
Antony & Sufjan Stevens @ The Tibet Concert
Antony showed up to Joan's Final Residency Show
Antony, Kembra & CocoRosie @ Tokion Creativity Now | pics

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Comments (18)

That's too bad. And a shame you missed Editors...they keep getting better live.

Posted by Bob F. | March 31, 2006 9:09 AM

Thanks for reporting on this BV. I was thinking of tagging along with a friend myself; looks like I would've been just as frustrated as you.

Editors were great, crowd was a little disconnected...but "Fingers In The Factories" possessed a perfect fan-band moment. They're. Good. Live.

Posted by Amrit | March 31, 2006 9:21 AM

So you're surprised that the audience at a Misshapes-affiliated event was obnoxious?
C'mon.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2006 12:55 PM

the event was not affiliated with Misshapes - they were just there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2006 1:46 PM

wow, that sucks. poor antony.

Posted by natalie | March 31, 2006 2:44 PM

I think Antony still had a great attitude towards the whole thing, and I still really enjoyed him.

Posted by Mike Neuman | March 31, 2006 3:02 PM

The brunette woman on the cello is Julia Kent. She was one of the original members of Rasputina...

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2006 5:01 PM

The brunette woman on the cello is Julia Kent. She was one of the original members of Rasputina...

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2006 5:02 PM

It was a total bridge and tunnel crowd, of course it's going to suck...As soon as the open bar ended the place cleared out...

Posted by tofubiker | March 31, 2006 5:29 PM

It was a total bridge and tunnel crowd, of course it's going to suck...As soon as the open bar ended the place cleared out...

Posted by tobuiker | March 31, 2006 5:32 PM

well they sounded horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2006 6:41 PM

THANK HEAVEN that you missed The Editors !! - the show was HORRIBLE !! the sound was awful + they suck suck suck LIVE. Boring as HELL ~ I guess you didn't catch them at sxsw - or Mercury - or Rothko ? ---- god If I see them again I will blow my brains out
{I had an obligation, and had to go last night - and by far Webster was their worst show - best was Rothko}

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2006 9:21 PM

You were "obligated" to go see "The" Editors? Oh, I gotcha. Sorry I didn't tip you in the men's room when I took a paper towel.

Posted by Steve Kelper | March 31, 2006 9:37 PM

what a stupid fucking crowd. thats a bummer that you werent able to enjoy it. I have a worrying obsession with him.
In Aus we got the pleasure of being able to have him guest program RAGE (music video show on ABC TV) the other night, it went from midnight to 5am. I was in heaven.

Posted by daniel | April 1, 2006 2:05 AM

It's pretty funny that people who complain about 'bridge and tunnel crowds' are pretty much never native New Yorkers

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2006 3:59 AM

Don't know anything about public bathrooms but I guess Steve Kelper was fucking someone in the band to get so offended ! Since monkey covulsing Editors are just a little gay boy band.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2006 12:30 AM

Nice blog, best design. Thanks!

Posted by hydrocodone | September 15, 2006 8:13 AM

seems the beautiful people ARE the most important people in any given room. and don't you forget that Miss Newsom, and Antony!

Posted by liam s | April 4, 2008 11:52 AM

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