Posted in To Do | music | video on February 19, 2009

"I am plainly shocked that the record has been number one in Europe this week, and I want to pause and thank all the people around the world that made that happen, and who have supported me with so much heart over the last few years, and come to my shows, and collected up all the press from around the world on the justonestar website, and wished me well, and shared some time with me at live shows. Thank you for urging me forward through a glorious dream, the likes of which is more your creation than mine. Antony x"

Antony & the Johnsons @ Keswick Theater in PA (Michael Alan Goldberg / SPIN)

"Antony & the Johnsons' "The Crying Light" (Rough Trade) makes a dramatic debut at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI) scores a fourth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

"The Crying Light," easily the highest charting of the U.S.-based act's three albums, makes a series of eye-catching debuts across the region. It's in at No. 2 in Spain and Sweden, No. 3 in Denmark, No. 4 in France, Holland and Norway, No. 9 in Italy and No. 18 in the United Kingdom, the latter with sales of 10,000 units. It also climbs 2-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders.

"Light" is the follow-up to 2005's "I Am A Bird Now," which won the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize for the group led by New Yorker Antony Hegarty. It qualified for the prize because Hegarty was born in the U.K." [Billboard - January 29, 2009]

Antony was on WNYC on February 8th. Listen to that here. Tonight, February 19th, Antony kicks off his two-night run at Town Hall in NYC. In April he plays Coachella. Last night he was on Letterman. That video, and more, below...

Antony and the Johnsons - "Aeon" on Letterman 2/18/09

Antony and the Johnsons - Crazy in Love - Toronto, 02/17/09

Feb 2 Setlist (via Spin):
"Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground"
"Epilepsy is Dancing"
"One Dove"
"For Today I Am A Boy"
"Kiss My Name"
"Everglade"
"Another World"
"Shake That Devil"
"The Crying Light"
"Crazy in Love" (Beyonce)
"Fistful of Love"
"You Are My Sister"
"Twilight"
"Aeon"

Encore
"Cripple and the Starfish"
"Hope There's Someone"

More tour dates HERE.

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Comments (31)

whose idea was it to paint an anus behind them in that photo?

Posted by dan | February 19, 2009 2:17 PM

Glad some country out there has some taste. Gorgeous record, gripping performances by Antony and all instrumentalists involved.

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 2:26 PM

any one know if there will be anyopeners for these shows? (tonight and tomorrow) or what time is he supposed to go on?

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 2:37 PM

i think dan deacon is opening first night, and viviam girl the 2nd night.....booya

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 2:45 PM

He will never be appreciated as much as he should be for his brilliance

Posted by Patrick | February 19, 2009 2:49 PM

are the shows really sold out?

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 2:53 PM

I saw Antony in Philly a few weeks ago the show was AMAZING!!!!! Have fun tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 2:56 PM

"He will never be appreciated for his brilliance"

What do you call a #1 UK Billboard Album

Posted by jason | February 19, 2009 3:00 PM

daft punk goes on before antony!

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 3:04 PM

that was my idea. that is my anus. thank you

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 3:12 PM

your anus is hairy, shave it. I heard what sounded like a dinosaur trapped in a tar pit coming from my livingroom last night.

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 3:18 PM

Opener info for tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 4:42 PM

AEG says the mystery of claywoman?

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 4:54 PM

Me: "Is there an opener before Antony tonight?"

Town Hall Box Office: "Not that I'm aware of."

Me: "So the set time is 8 pm?"

Town Hall Box Office: "Yes, I believe so."

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 4:59 PM

that backdrop is insane

Posted by Jason Lam | February 19, 2009 5:55 PM

I am so excited about this show. Going tomorrow, hope the setlist is the same or better as the one posted here

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 6:48 PM

>that was my idea. that is my anus. thank you

Tight!

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 8:10 PM

Best stage background evar.

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 9:34 PM

this show was MAGICAL.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 12:21 AM

Saw the show tonight. Antony is so lovable and it's all about the VOICE--a pleasure to hear! The band with him is quite good, if uncharismatic. His songs are evocative but a bit simplistic. Claywoman (the opener) was just a waste of time--sorry! "She" is a monologist.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 12:52 AM

Claywoman is a 500 million-year-old lecturer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 10:47 AM

So Antony is a bottom as he made sure to reiterate over and over again last night. Now if you'll excuse me I need to rub my (Antony and) johnson raw.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 10:56 AM

THANKS bv comments for putting the imagery of a giant hairy anus in my head for that show(although Antony's remarks didn't help). Except for the part where he FORGOT THE WORDS to cripple and the starfish, the show was great overall, despite the background.

Posted by thanks | February 20, 2009 11:40 AM

what time did he go on last night?

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 11:54 AM

there was a nihilist monologue that went on at 8, and antony took the stage at 8:35ish i think

Posted by thanks | February 20, 2009 12:02 PM

8.47

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 1:23 PM

great show, the band was top notch... antony is amazing... altogether a glorious evening and low prices on vinyl at the merch table... ten bucks for an lp...

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 1:53 PM

I hope we get Hercules and Love Affair tonite!

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 4:34 PM

No coverage from Thursday show BV ?

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 6:18 PM

looks like coachella will get hercules and love affair w/ antony on vocals...

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2009 4:43 AM

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