Posted in music | pictures on October 17, 2008

photos by Ryan Muir


The show was/felt short, but sweet.

Clocking in at under 90 minutes (he started around 8:15, and we were definitely on the street by 9:45), Antony brought down the house at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem last night (Oct 16, 2008). Dressed all in white, Antony stood (the whole time) on the hardly-lit stage with a full orchestra playing behind him. Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) played piano (a job Antony used to have in addition to singing), and two regular members of the Johnsons (Julia Kent and Maxim Moston) played with the orchestra that had roughly 20 members and a conductor (Robert Moose) who looked like Nico Muhly from the back (the side we saw of Robert throughout the whole show as he eloquently moved his baton and body behind Antony). He wasn't Nico though. That was most evident when Nico, the co-arranger for the show, came on stage for a bow with everyone else at the end.

Speaking of the end, it came way too soon and after an encore that only lasted for one song. Heavy on new songs, and light on the 'hits', highlights of the setlist included a jazzed up, re-arranged version of the classic "Cripple and the Starfish", a cover of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love", and a beautiful, beautiful, old-school-Antony-full-of-emotion-and-magic, minimalistic-with-not-too-much-orchestra (aka I loved it the best) version of "Another World" which is the title track from Antony's new EP. There were no special guests, though Antony's friends Nomi and Lou Reed were both spotted in the audience. More pictures from the show below...

Antony - Another World



















Nico Muhly appears





Comments (30)

Beautiful, haunting show. One of the highlights of the year. One more cover to mention. He started the show with "Mysteries of Love" by Julee Cruise from David Lynch's "Blue Velvet."

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 2:27 AM

Ryan Muir really isn't that great.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 5:08 AM

does Julee Cruise ever play live shows around here?

She should rock out a little "Rockin' Backin Inside My Heart" at the Apollo.

Posted by wembly | October 17, 2008 6:25 AM

Nice dress

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 8:17 AM

I'd hit it ... Oh.


Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 8:30 AM

"For Today I am a Boy" was too good to be true.

Posted by Eduardo | October 17, 2008 8:30 AM

yeah, the show wasn't that long but I am sure that has to do with the way he uses his voice...protecting those precious pipes.

the show was amazing, just perfect. i LOOOVED 'Another World' and 'River of Sorrow'...definitely sent chills down my whole body.

i thought it was quite funny when he came out for the encore and people started yelling out requests; one guy yelled "Spiraling!" and Antony looked at him and said,

"YOU sing Spiraling."

WOW! This was not a show to miss.

Posted by James Alejandro Escobar | October 17, 2008 9:07 AM

"Ryan Muir really isn't that great."

Ryan Muir really is great. Shooting at the Apollo for the allowed one song in the pitch dark isn't that great.

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 17, 2008 9:24 AM

this dude is weird.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 9:26 AM

do people still love this melodramatic troll?

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 9:32 AM

9:32 -- yep, people with taste. Troll? Look who's talking, snarking pathetically from the corner.

"Boo Hoo! I don't understand this music! I'll go mutter about it anonymously!"

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 10:18 AM

Why hate on Ryan Muir? His pics are always vivid documents that fully represent his subjects. YOU try to take photos in the dark! YOU sing Spiraling!

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 10:20 AM

Ryan's photos are consistently fantastic.

Posted by Lori | October 17, 2008 10:32 AM

I heard Bao ran off to Virginia because he can no longer face the power of Ryan Muir's lens. Poor Bao!

Posted by Chris La Putt | October 17, 2008 10:43 AM

Anon 5:08 really isn't that great.

No but seriously, why are you hating on a photographer for providing you with a documentation of the ny music scene, for free? i'd understand if you, yourself, had paid Ryan $500 to document something for you and it didn't meet your standards, but seriously, why, are you that angry of a person?

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 10:45 AM

beautiful show

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 10:50 AM

Ryan's an excellent photographer.

now why is this guy wearing a dress? haha

Posted by Bryan | October 17, 2008 11:31 AM

Ryan should get paid $500. Huzzah to NYC's hardest working and most talented event photographer.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 11:31 AM

the backdrop picture was either a) a swan's butthole, or b) the inside view of someone sucking a pillow thru a straw.... i also liked it when everyone was yelling requests and there was a pause, and boy was like "c'mon what else?"

Posted by Owara Jacksohn | October 17, 2008 11:42 AM

just when i was thinking that all of his songs sound exactly the same, he covered Crazy in Love, proving that he could make even that song turgid and melodramatic.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 12:40 PM

I agree Ryan never fails to amaze me with his photos. He does so well in such horribly lit places too, I'm jealous.

Posted by Leia | October 17, 2008 1:31 PM

There will always be haters. Which is good. Let them be what they are. We who love can love. Antony is a creative, magical being and we are lucky he shares his voice and his unique vision with us. As long as these haters only throw silly words... they wouldn't dare do it in our faces, I'm sure. Seriously, think of what kind of a person puts nasty comments on a write-up about an artist that appeals to others. What kind of a life must they have? Yes, we need Another World. And we have one, whenever we hear Antony sing.

Posted by jen | October 17, 2008 11:18 PM

Anyone that can get that close and has good equipment can take most of those pictures. Fortunately, most of us would rather watch a concert with our eyes, and not behind a viewfinder.

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 11:28 PM

thats kinda the trick isnt it?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 1:39 AM

hey jen, this isn't a fucking pitchfork review. it's a blog comments section. i think you're missing your class on existentialist motifs in barney the dinosaur, by the way. jesus christ.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 5:34 AM

this concert was ok because antony is a great doubt..but i didn't enjoy the concert as i wished...
i was sitting upstairs (in the lower mezzanine) where three "lovely" chandelliers were making enough light you could read the news paper!!..a lady was with the ombrella open...THERE WAS TOO MUCH LIGHT!!! considering that antony was totally in the dark...that was so disturbing to me...i was so sad.......... :(
his concert at the bam, last year, was far more beautiful to me..especially for such little details that usually makes the whole...... :)

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2008 9:51 PM

This was an amazing performance from the exquisite Antony Hegarty. So glad that I was there. Thanks for writing about this and I like the pictures as well.

Posted by Jeffrey Paul Bobrick | October 19, 2008 3:49 PM

set list from this show?
Town Hall is gonna be great next week!

Posted by Pedro | February 12, 2009 11:06 AM

he is my husband...


Posted by glitter | July 24, 2009 5:15 PM

fat fuck

Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2009 5:13 AM

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