Posted in music on May 22, 2009

Bonnie Prince Billy @ the Apollo Theater - May 21, 2009 (crespa´s)
Bonnie Prince billy

"last nights bonnie 'prince' billy concert at the apollo was supreme. jim white on drums. emmett kelly on guitar. josh abrams on bass. cheyenne mize on violin and vocals. matt sweeney dueting on blood embrace." [here i am. there you are]
Bonnie Prince Billy @ Santos Party House - May 20, 2009 (Catharine Connell)
Bonnie Prince Billy

Bonnie Prince Billy concluded his two night, NYC run last night. More dates HERE. A shot from each of the NYC shows is above. Most of the Santos setlist is below...

Bonnie Prince Billy @ Santos Party House - partial setlist (via)
"I Am Goodbye"
"Lessons from What's Poor"
"Gulf Shores"
"Lay and Love"
"My Life's Work"
"Easy Does It"
"64" [from Get on Jolly]
"The Brute Choir"
"I Don't Belong to Anyone"
"Cursed Sleep"
"All Around"
"Where Is the Puzzle?" [I think]
"Death Final"
"Beware Your Only Friend"
"[???]" [lyrics about following a "shrouded figure"; anyone?]
"[???]" [think I caught the lyric "The purpose of this life is to live"]
"What Are You?"
"[???]" [hard-rockin' song; didn't catch any lyrics]
"I Called You Back"

Encore:
"Ease Down the Road"
"Careless Love"
"Even If Love"
"Hard Life"

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Comments (48)

Amazing show! So glad I went.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 1:13 PM

anyone have apollo setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 1:31 PM

will oldham was too good. the band was too good. both nights. but the apollo show was truly special.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 1:32 PM

i need to know what song was the one that everybody sing
heaven have mercy on me

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 1:48 PM

1:48 - the song at the end that everyone sang is called "Nobody's Darling on Earth." It's an old bluegrass standard.

that was one of the best concerts I've been too in a long time. I had never seen bonnie live before so i figured the show was going to be downbeat like a lot of his music. but he is one hell of a charismatic perfomer and he brought a lot of energy to all of the songs he played, even the mellower ones.

Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2009 2:14 PM

"i need to know what song was the one that everybody sing heaven have mercy on me"

That's "Heaven have mercy on me" by the black crows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 2:17 PM

anyone get the name of the violist? my god -- that talent, that voice, that face

Posted by enamored | May 22, 2009 2:26 PM

That drummer was insane. OMG so good. And that moustache was very pronounced.

Posted by citibank | May 22, 2009 2:39 PM

RTFA, enamored.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 2:45 PM

enamored, it's Cheyenne Mize. I'd bone her six ways to Sunday!

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 2:51 PM

The drummer is Jim White, from Aussies The Dirty Three, whose leader, violinist Warren Ellis, also plays with Nick Cave in Grinderman and The Bad Seeds. He is a great drummer with a singular style.

Posted by Bonnie Prince Johnnie | May 22, 2009 2:52 PM

Ron Jeremy on drums. McLovin on lead guitar. Seth Rogan on bass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 2:53 PM

Jim White, also drummer for Australia's The Dirty Three, whose violinist Warren Ellis plays with Grinderman and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, is a genius. No one else drums like him.

Posted by BPJ | May 22, 2009 2:54 PM

Jim White is one of the best drummers in rock history, on a par with Charlie Watts.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 3:28 PM

There was little enthusiasm from the audience. Bored us to tears. He should play a smaller venue for what he's capable of musically. Cake Shop would work.

Posted by Andy | May 22, 2009 3:42 PM

I felt like I was at a Black Crows concert. so bad.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 3:44 PM

2:17PM anyone get the name of the violist? my god -- that talent, that voice, that face

and that legs!

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 4:17 PM

"There was little enthusiasm from the audience. Bored us to tears. He should play a smaller venue for what he's capable of musically. Cake Shop would work."

Poor Springsteen. Back to Asbury Park!

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 4:36 PM

"Ron Jeremy on drums. McLovin on lead guitar. Seth Rogan on bass."

LOL! the retarded readers on here get so faggy.
I see a darkness... I see a faggy retard.

Posted by Simon | May 22, 2009 5:40 PM

^^^ LMAO!

Posted by British Vegan | May 22, 2009 6:03 PM

Is that Mike Love?

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 6:05 PM

that drummer was totally fabulous.

Posted by dhex | May 22, 2009 6:08 PM

great cans on the violinist as well

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 6:09 PM

That drummer was pretty good. His drum solo blew me away! More drum solos!!! Screw the songs... DRUM SOLOS!!!

Posted by Mikey | May 22, 2009 6:39 PM

Completely bizarre scene at Santos: It was crowded. I was having a cig outside. I see a black guy who is tall and big walking up to me with two girls. It was R FUCKING KELLY!! He said a couple of words to the bouncer guy and they gave each other a friendly handshake. Then the bouncer told him it was way too packed inside. Kelly walked inside the lobby for 10 seconds and then walked out down the street again. There's no way someone else didn't see this on Wednesday night. It was surreal.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 7:54 PM

MEH Kelly is more like it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 9:40 PM


please adolescent boys, try to think of something more intelligent to say about the only woman to grace those stages for the shows. yes she was a knockout but more importantly she is a brilliant musician who made BPB shine. you boneheads are the reason why we need more women musicians in the spotlight, christ when was the last time you got laid

Posted by mel | May 22, 2009 9:59 PM

^ha ha! it's probably been a very long time... because they show so much charm with their comments, after all.

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 11:14 PM

Wow, I was going to say that Apollo killed it, but the Santos set list easily beats it out.

Apollo was still an AMAZING concert.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 12:25 AM

I haven't seen the Apollo setlist. Did he play any other Palace stuff? Any interesting covers?

Posted by bd | May 23, 2009 1:23 AM

kafka's only happy moment in life was when he was diagnosed with tb.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 1:43 AM

He played 64 by the Black Crows! It was grrrreat!

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 9:23 AM

I sent a comment yesterday and I see that Brooklynvegan didn't post it. It was a critique of Apollo Theater's poor sound quality warning people about this sensitive topic. Bonnie Prince Billy, and also M Ward, well, in both shows the sound was pretty bad. I am surprised that the kids behind Brooklynvegan didn't posted it probably because it was too critical and potentially politically incorrect (I cannot see any other reason). You can insult everybody here but if you are critical and analytical, well they don't seem to like that. They prefer to keep it always light.

Posted by Carlos Molina | May 23, 2009 10:57 AM

He played 64 by the Black Crows! It was grrrreat!

Posted by oakley sunglasses | May 23, 2009 11:54 AM

i blame the terrible bar service for the "unenthusiastic" audience; when it takes half an hour to get a 12 dollar drink, not many are going back for more.

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 3:41 PM

^^^true

Posted by Anonymous | May 23, 2009 4:02 PM

^^ blacks hate whites

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 11:29 AM

The Apollo bar servers were so slow that it was almost funny. Almost. Their contempt for the white hispter crowd was palpable.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 1:07 PM

I don't give a crap about the supposed "history" of the Apollo. The place is a dump run by dummies who can't get you a beer and a rum and coke in under 10 minutes. Fuck the Apollo theatre.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 1:09 PM

Wonder what happens if you apply for a server or bartender job at the Apollo and you're white, heh heh heh. Serves Harlem right that the trust funded hipsters are moving in and taking over, gentrifying the place, and soon the blacks won't be able to afford to live in their own beloved Harlem. All those streets named after black cultural icons populated by apathetic white hipsters listening to Devendra Banhart on their Ipods. Tough luck.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 3:10 PM

310p, i hope you get hit by a bus and die. you know, tough luck.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 3:24 PM

^^LOL. Oooooooh. Scary. Gonna stick some pins in a voodoo doll now?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2009 4:48 PM

3:24 : Liam Neeson's character in "Taken" :: 3:10/4:48 : the abductors of Liam Neeson's character's daughter

Posted by Teh Union Square Beez | May 24, 2009 5:19 PM

Setlist for the Apollo show anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2009 5:27 PM

the sound at the apollo was fairly terrible. one look at the bar and i knew i wouldn't be ordering a drink in that place.
the setlist was very much tailored to the venue, he played slower, quieter songs for the most part. a nice change from the previous night, although i found the santos show more enjoyable, better sound, better crowd energy, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 10:51 AM

Who cares about the sound, the band, the setlist, or Cheyenne's cans? What is up wit dat Apollo bar?

Posted by dawg | May 27, 2009 12:36 PM

its angelic' setting. hooray. my morning jacket and band of horses recycled.

Posted by lily | May 28, 2009 8:15 AM

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