Posted in music | pictures on July 24, 2009

photos by Chris La Putt

"Wow - thanks to everyone who stuck it out - I was a little disombobulated, and I'm truly sorry the R4 & XtraGolden didn't play... ...but we all made the best of it, right? Thanks again for braving it with us!" - Ted Leo

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Hundreds of people braved the rain to see Ted Leo & the Pharamacists play a tight set with no set list on Pier 54 in NYC (part of the RiverRocks summer series). After a slight delay and the cancellation of both openers (Radio 4 and Extra Golden), Ted and band played for about an hour and 20 minutes of relatively rain-free music. They went on around 7:50. The above picture was taken around 6:30. To quote a friend, "all in all another memorable night in the eight year saga of Ted vs the Environment. Ted and his diehard fans always win." More pictures and some video below...

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Ted Leo & The Pharamacists | NYC @ Pier 54 | 23 Jul 2009

"Ted Leo & The Pharmacists fighting literally piss poor weather conditions and playing "Where was my brain?" live in New York City at Pier 54 at part of Hudson River Park's "River Rocks" free summer shows.
I feel bad for Radio4 and how they didn't get to play, especially since I am/was sort of friendly with 2 members in the band. But considering the circumstances I think it was the right call to send Ted Leo out there for as long as it seemed safe. The stage was drowned in water because the wind came from the east and blew it right on there, like a fire hose. So one doesn't need a high school diploma to figure out that water and electricity don't mix. This show was always on the verge of getting the axe, let there be no misunderstanding. Everybody should be happy and thankful that at least Ted Leo got to play, even though I'm sure that sentiment might not be shared by all involved that night." [unARTigNYC]
Tour dates HERE.

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Comments (30)

Looks like a sizable crowd for a rainy night.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 9:59 AM

We were blessed with a full Ted set. Can't ask for much better than that.

Posted by anonymouse | July 24, 2009 10:07 AM

Ted Leo is always great live. Also I can't remember more than like one summer in the fast five years where he has not done a free show.

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

The Hardest Working Man in Indie

Well Done Ted & Co.

Posted by TXn | July 24, 2009 10:27 AM

I was working the Richie Havens show and had to miss this! first time I've missed Ted's free summer show in like, 5 years!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 10:34 AM

how was Richie Havens?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 10:42 AM

Dude is fucking amazing. Period.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 10:47 AM

nothing but respect for ted leo.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 10:50 AM

I saw Blonde Redhead drive by in a plush, dry van.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:02 AM

i find his music mediocre but i respect the man and prefer him around than not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:19 AM

It feels like it has rained at *every* free Ted Leo show over the past few summers.

Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:23 AM

Ted is definitely the man, but goddamn, Pier 54 is one of the most depressing venues I've ever been to.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:24 AM

Eight bucks for a bag of zeppolis?!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:26 AM

Anyone have a set list?

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

fuck you 11:19. you sound like a truly arrogant asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 11:32 AM

11:32 chill out fanboy

11:23 the show at McCarren in 2007 was actually a "sweatfest"

Posted by UN:art:IG | July 24, 2009 11:38 AM

What was up with that second drummer that hopped on towards the end of the set, playing to his own beat. Was he wasted?! or was there a delay on his drums? It sounded like he was making up all his own rules.

Posted by 11:32 melvins 11:19 | July 24, 2009 12:21 PM

I recall a few years back at South St Seaport that it was Ted who opened for Radio 4..

There wasn't a drop of rain http://punkcast.com/186/

Posted by joly | July 24, 2009 1:00 PM

a blast from the past thanks joly.

I saw Ted at Coachella in '06, it was freaking 100 degrees and sunny...

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

Last year's free show at Castle Clinton was also sunny and rain-free.

re: setlist
Not in order, and not including the 5 or so songs he played off the new album (the one that stuck out the most for me was called something like 'Bottle & Cork?'), but here's the songs I remember him playing. Might be missing a few:

Me and Mia
Where have all the rude boys gone?
The Angels Share
Where was my brain?
Little Dawn
Biomusicology
Colleen
Who do you love?
The One who Got us Out
Counting down the hours
Heart Problems
Parallel or together?
Army bound
Timorous me
Ballad of the sin eaters
Under the hedge

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 1:32 PM

@11:32 it was his brother.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2009 1:58 PM

The girl in the plastic bag in the 7th picture was so absolutely adorable i was upset that i didn't even find out her name.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2009 1:16 AM

"Ted Leo & The Pharmacists fighting literally piss poor weather conditions..."

LITERALLY piss poor? What the fuck does that even mean? Homeless people pissing on the crowd from above or something?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2009 2:50 AM

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piss-poor

and in case you're too lazy to click:


Main Entry:
piss–poor
Pronunciation:
\ˈpis-ˌpu̇r, -ˌpȯr\
Function:
adjective
Date:
1946

sometimes vulgar : very bad : extremely poor

so @2:50, it literally means very bad. Nitpick fail.

Posted by Scott | July 25, 2009 2:32 PM

im the garbage bag girl with the glasses. did you mean myself or my sister? did i talk to you?

Posted by cassie | July 26, 2009 4:09 PM

I did talk to you actually, My friend and I both did. I complimented your choice in outfit as being very well put together. After the show, we both lamented the fact that we didn't even ask you for your name, and she was upset she didn't get a picture of you.

Posted by Alex | July 27, 2009 5:43 AM

Hey kids... another BV hook up ... or are Cassie and Alex who they say they are? Is Alex a psycho killer or Cassie a rabbit boiling stalker? Stay tuned!

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2009 9:39 AM

Here's what I remember
Me and Mia
Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone
Parallel or Together
New song (“Interrupted”)
Angel’s Share
(Forget title, but I think it's from Rapid Response EP).
Little Dawn
Colleen
Bottled in Cork (new)
Where Was My Brain (new)
Counting Down the Hours
Heart Problems
Even Heroes Have to Die (new)
Biomusicology
Army Bound
The Stick (new)
Timorous Me
The Ballad of the Sin Eater
Under the Hedge
Who Do You Love

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2009 8:40 AM

With 22 years as an electrical inspector for the city, I found it extremely irresponsible that they would let the show go on in such unsafe conditions and risk the performers safety. I was really excited to see the show, but I can't imagine it was worth the risk of harming the performers (or even the workers and audience!) Someone really needs to know when to shut down/postpone/reschedule these outdoor shows.

Posted by Christopher | July 29, 2009 11:24 AM

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