Posted in To Do | music on July 23, 2009

Ted Leo writes...

Ted Leo

THURSDAY - JULY 23, 2009 - ANNUAL FREE OUTDOOR NYC SHOW @ PIER 54 - RAIN OR SHINE?

It IS, as I said on Twitter, "complicated." My understanding is that it's a call that kind of has to be made on the spot if it's storming - basically, they try to do everything they can to make as much of a show as can happen happen. So if it's raining hard, they might just wait a while to see if it lets up, etc., but if it's only threatening, even if it's threats are extremely frightening, they won't call it off unless there's danger (REALLY bad rain or too much lightening).
As you may or may not know, we've snatched victory from the jaws of the most intense potential defeat with these things a few times before, including being pretty much the only musical event to actually HAPPEN during the blackout a few years ago, and skating in the rain with the kids (I couldn't find a picture of that, so I gave you Jesus riding a dinosaur instead) while we waited to know if we were canceled or not another year, etc., so you can count on us to try and make the best of it, no matter what happens...
I hope that helps!
And in the words of Sweet Sugar Slam, woo-woot!!

Woah - scratch that - FOUND ONE! Thanks to Hope for sending it... [Ted Leo]

The pic of Ted Leo skateboarding in the rain is above. Last year's Blonde Redhead show at the same location was infamously cancelled at the last minute. Tonight's show starts (hopefully) at 7pm:
6 p.m. - doors
7 p.m. - Radio 4
7:45 p.m. - Extra Golden
8:30 - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
A video of Ted playing "Dancing in the Dark" solo for a segment about Bruce Springsteen, and all tour dates (including some with JEFF the Brotherhood), below...

Ted Leo "Dancing In The Dark" - Hangin' Out On E Street

Ted Leo talks about Bruce Springsteen - Hangin' Out On E Street

Ted Leo - 2009 Tour Dates
07/23/09 Thu New York, NY Pier 54 w/ Extra Golden, Radio 4
08/23/09 Sun San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill w/ Hank IV
08/24/09 Mon San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
08/25/09 Tue Visalia, CA Cellar Door w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
08/26/09 Wed San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Brew w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
08/28/09 Fri Los Angeles, CA The Echo w/ JEFF The Brotherhood
08/29/09 Sat San Diego, CA Street Scene Green Stage

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Comments (42)

They should just move the show to maxwell's!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:18 PM

Radio 4!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:19 PM

Anybody have any info on the Slick Rick show at East River Park?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:24 PM

oh god. worth it to take the train in? i'd have to go now. rain? will it stop the show? anyone have an educated guesses as to whether or not it will be cancelled?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:36 PM

I second the Slick Rick gig. Is it rain or shine?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:37 PM

YES to 4:18! That would totally be PFR.

Posted by michaelways | July 23, 2009 4:40 PM

pfr?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:54 PM

pabst flu ribbon

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 4:55 PM

PUSSY FOR RAINBOWS

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:00 PM

Look it up on Google -stands for pray for rain. WTF?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:01 PM

what time does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:03 PM

Slick Rick turns to rust in the rain

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:05 PM

I meant PUNK FUCKING ROCK. I was being a "ironic". I do not want it to rain :) Pussy For Rainbows is great however.

Posted by michaelways | July 23, 2009 5:08 PM

will berman!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:08 PM

I've waited about 45 minutes in torrential rain with (over by Jersey) thunder and lightning for a River to River show at the World Financial Center, and the show (in shortened form) did eventually go on and they didn't relo to inside the WFC or anything so I would say it's usually worth taking a chance unless the weather report says there's absolutely no hope of a break in the rain. The show will almost always go on. Not worth it if you don't want to spend all that time in the rain, of course.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:35 PM

If you don't mind getting a little wet, we're doin' it!!

13 minutes ago from txt

Posted by Ted Leo | July 23, 2009 5:37 PM

I hate this

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:42 PM

All bands managed to sound check, but now they're saying to give them a little time to decide if this is gonna happen - STAY TUNED!!

1 minute ago from txt

Posted by Ted Leo | July 23, 2009 5:43 PM

I wish Ted Leo was my text buddy.

Posted by anonymouse | July 23, 2009 5:46 PM

i like everything you guys like, except for Ted Leo :( please don't hate on me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 5:51 PM

As of right now, they're still planning on opening gates at 6...

35 minutes ago from mobile web

Posted by Ted Leo | July 23, 2009 6:27 PM

Latest word - at 7:00, which is when Radio 4 is supposed to go on, decisions will be made. Might happen, might not, order might be shuffled.

half a minute ago from txt

Posted by Ted Leo | July 23, 2009 6:41 PM

O.k. IF the sound company give the thumbs up, they might just put us on - so IF THIS HAPPENS, WE'LL BE GOING ON VERY SOON. Final word ASAP

3 minutes ago from txt

Posted by Ted Leo | July 23, 2009 7:04 PM

WE'RE GONNA TRY AND DO A REALLY SHORT SET NOW!! (or as soon as we can get set up!)

2 minutes ago from txt

Posted by Ted Leo | July 23, 2009 7:35 PM

Ted!? Anyone? Did this show happen?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 9:48 PM

it did. he played an hour and a half. motherfucking shit. should have went

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 10:10 PM

Ted Leo can't spell 'lightning' or 'whoa'. What a dumbass.

Posted by T-Roll | July 23, 2009 10:57 PM

ted leo is possibly the nicest person in the music industry. the show was great, thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 11:37 PM

Woah, I think that might be my brother and me way in the background in the skateboarding pic. Know we were around there somewhere.

Posted by Steve | July 24, 2009 12:14 AM

"Ted Leo can't spell 'lightning' or 'whoa'. What a dumbass."

fck uff

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 12:15 AM

"ted leo is possibly the nicest person in the music industry"

not counting John Vanderslice

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 12:15 AM

way to go T-roll. you managed to piss off the nicest dude around. who also happens to make fucking amazing music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 12:20 AM

Good call by the RiverRocks crew for canceling acts over fucking drizzle.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 1:04 AM

^^^ member of Radio 4

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 1:14 AM

ted rules. awesome. sorry I missed it...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 1:15 AM

@Anon. 12:20 -- Anon. 12:15 was Ted Leo? Pics or it didn't happen.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 1:23 AM

"Good call by the RiverRocks crew for canceling acts over fucking drizzle. "

moron. You should be thankful anyone got to play.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 1:27 AM

Setlist anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 7:34 AM

"moron. You should be thankful anyone got to play."

Right, because bands have never played in rain before. Ted Leo would play through a monsoon.

Actually Ted playing Stove By A Whale would start a monsoon, and Ted would play through that. Way to go, River Rocks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 9:39 AM

MEHron

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 10:46 AM

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