Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on February 25, 2008

photos by Ryan Muir

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

NYC band Spanish Prisoners opened the show at Highline Ballroom, AND played some songs as Daniel's backing band. I was curious to know how that all came about, so I asked Spanish Prisoner frontman Leo Maymind about it before the show. He said....

I've always been a big fan of Daniel's music- it has a very innocent quality to it that attracted me to it. I saw that he was coming to New York and I got in touch with the venue, and we arranged the show so that my band, Spanish Prisoners, could open and back Daniel up for his set as well. This is something he's done in the past with previous tours, so it just worked out really well.

...we're only backing Daniel at this one show (as of now). We're going to be doing 5 or 6 songs with him, and he may be doing some solo, and some with his own guitarist.

I actually chose the songs we're doing with him from a list of possible songs. We rehearsed them on our own and are going over them with Daniel quickly at soundcheck. It's definitely an off-the-cuff sort of thing, so it'll be interesting and loose.

More photos from the show below....

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston - 2008 Tour Dates
Apr 3 - TBA Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 5 - TBA Denver, CO
Apr 17 - TBA Portland, OR, MN
Apr 18 - TBA Seattle, WA
Apr 19 - TBA Vancouver, BC

Spanish Prisoners - 2008 Tour Dates
Mar 3 - Knitting Factory with Saturday Looks Good to Me Manhattan, New York
Mar 6 - Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 7 - Bella Dubby Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 8 - Skully's Columbus, Ohio
Apr 5 - Union Hall- release party at Luna Lounge with the Lisps and Salt and Samovar Brooklyn, New York
Apr 10 - Chronic Town, supporting John Vanderslice State College, Pennsylvania
Apr 11 - The Andy Warhol Museum, supporting John Vanderslice Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Apr 13 - Skullys, supporting John Vanderslice Columbus, Ohio
Apr 17 - Daytrotter Session! Rock Island, Illinois
Apr 19 - Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, Ohio



Comments (21)

Wow. Dude looks crrraaaaaaazzzzzyyyyyy. . .

Posted by anon | February 25, 2008 11:59 AM

Just look at his eyes!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 12:01 PM

who ate all the pies? who ate all the pies? YOU FAT BASTARD! YOU FAT BASTARD! you ate all the pies....

Posted by hipster poseur | February 25, 2008 12:10 PM

those first two photos are spectacular.

Posted by robert doosh | February 25, 2008 12:24 PM

i love daniel johnson, but you have to wonder how much longer he's going to live....

Posted by julian | February 25, 2008 12:45 PM

anyone have a setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 12:48 PM

Is that Beth-Ditto?

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2008 2:07 PM

if the roster of people who have covered his songs are any indication, this guy is a living legend. even if he did eat all the pies. and beth ditto.

Posted by junco | February 25, 2008 2:44 PM

daniel ditto.

i don't know. something just fucking rocks about this guy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2008 12:04 AM

leave it to brooklynvegan commenters to be indiscriminately cruel to one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.

Posted by ChrisF | February 26, 2008 7:49 AM

unless you're skinny and "hip", your music doesn't count.

gotta love how "indie rock" has become as shallow and superficial as the pop that we've tried to distance ourselves from.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2008 12:27 PM

Saw Daniel on Sunday night in Baltimore. They had a similar thing going with the local band Jason Dove and the Magic Whip. I guess they must have done the same with picking out songs and rehearsing at sound check.

Posted by The Saint | February 26, 2008 12:30 PM

ok i arrived to this show as Mexican Criminals came on
The lead singer was rocking his sweater cardigan proudly,
The whole thing remnded me of a very long christmas time Gap Commercial.So the guys gets everyone to look him in the eyes and goes "1-2-3-WE ARE SPANISH PRISIONERS FROM BROOKLYN"very timidly.I was not conviced.I gave these guys two songs of my time but had to ditch when there was a whistle solo.
everyone who was waiting outside for a ticket asked me how the band was, I said "KidsBopz sung by grownups"
Then on top of that tey made no positive cotribution to daniel set
+the keyboard player was out of tune and loving it

Warning:This band will ruin any musical exp. you throw them in

Posted by zacsirna | February 26, 2008 12:37 PM

He did the same thing with Beaten Awake in Cleveland @ the Grog Shop. it was a great show!

Posted by b | February 26, 2008 7:03 PM

The Capital Years were amazing as Daniel's backing band in Philadelphia. They did a great version of "Worried Shoes" - a classic Johnston tune. They also did a good cover of "I'm So Tired." Daniel sounded right on singing..."Give you everything I got for a little peace of mind!"

Posted by T | February 27, 2008 8:32 PM

zacsirna, you are an idiot. You judge a terrific band by two songs, and "ditch". Spanish Prisoners are an excellent band, but you'll never know that if you're concentrating on sweaters, whistles, and your own very unfunny Gap references.

Posted by nyctaper | February 27, 2008 9:08 PM

----Daniel Johnston is to tour in July, backed by some very special musicians.

These An Evening with Daniel Johnston and friends events will see the following play as backing players and support acts: Sparklehorse, Scout Niblett, Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Jad Fair (Half Japanese) and James McNew (Yo La Tengo).

Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 2.

UK/Ireland dates as follows:

23 Glasgow Old Fruit Market
24 Manchester New Century House
25 London Indigo2
27-28 Dublin Whelans

he's also playing the Popped Festival in Philly:

Posted by brooklynvegan | April 29, 2008 3:27 PM

Maybe they are excellent. Maybe not. But my god did they butcher Daniel's songs. Not only that but his songs deserve some fucking respect. These guys were laughing with each other and talking to people in the audience during tracks. Are you kidding me? This living legend, who is pouring his heart out, has to be backed by these condescending pompous idiots. The concert should have began with and ended with his solo set, which magnificent and powerful. Sad.


Posted by Josh | May 22, 2008 3:47 PM

wow..... daniel is so blessing ...... keep moving forward ..... and keepn fire .....

Posted by spanish music | May 21, 2009 3:07 AM

wow..... daniel is so blessing ...... keep moving forward ..... and keep on fire .....

Posted by spanish music | May 21, 2009 3:09 AM

Some really cool pictures you've got there. Been following your blog and you ALWAYS got great pictures. What kind of camera do you use?

Posted by Rice Cooker | December 18, 2010 8:08 AM

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