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by Andrew Frisicano

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW on July 31st (more by Chris La Putt)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Add one to list of recent Beastie Boys tributes/cover songs/shout-outs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who subbed for the Beasties' Saturday night (Aug 8th) headlining spot at Lollapalooza, paid tribute to the group with a riff from Beastie's "So What'cha Want" tacked at the end of "Phenomena." Check out the (poor quality) video below. From most of the reviews, it seems like the group successfully pulled off the unenviable task of filling in for the uniquely populist Beastie Boys (as Jay-Z did at All Points West).

9:15 p.m. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 11th-hour replacements as headliners for the ailing Beastie Boys, deliver on the big stage. Singer Karen O makes a grand entrance in a head dress that makes her look like a large bird, and she dances with Kabuki-like grace. Once a frenetic dervish, the singer now balances more stylized movements with the unhinged galloping of old. In the same way, the band's music has matured and deepened. Besides rockers brimming with attitude, the trio also explores more fragile emotional and melodic terrain. The transformation is well-paced, the set balancing all facets of the band's personality in a confident, commanding performance, with Nick Zinner's guitar and keyboards as Karen O's reliable foil, at once melancholy and combustible. [Chicago Tribune]
YYYs will be playing a set of North American dates in September. Included in those will be a Wednesday, September 23rd show at NYC's Radio City Music Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 14th at noon.

All tour dates with Lollapalooza videos below...

YYYs @ Lolla '09 ("So What'cha Want" riff at 1:48)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Lollapalooza 2009 - Runaway

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Runaway - Phenomena - Lollapalooza 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps @ Lollapalooza 2009 in Chicago

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero @ Lollapalooza 2009 in Chicago

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 26 St. Georges Market Belfast, Northern Ireland
Aug 28 Rock en Seine Paris
Aug 29 Leeds Festival Leeds
Aug 30 Reading Festival Reading
Sep 06 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, Washington
Sep 09 Fox Theater Oakland, California
Sep 10 Fox Theater Oakland, California
Sep 12 Monolith Festival Morrison, Colorado
Sep 13 In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 14 Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Los Angeles, California
Sep 17 The Greek Los Angeles, California
Sep 23 Radio City Music Hall New York, New York
Nov 29 O2 Academy Leeds
Nov 30 O2 Brixton Academy London
Dec 01 O2 Brixton Academy London
Dec 03 O2 Academy Newcastle
Dec 04 O2 Academy Glasgow
Dec 06 Apollo Manchester
Dec 07 O2 Academy Sheffield
Dec 09 O2 Academy Birmingham
Dec 10 Opera House Bournemouth
Dec 11 ATP Fest @ Butlins Resort Minehead

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Comments (35)

? wtf ?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 12:47 PM

yea...wtf....i love u yyy...but there's no way i'm seeing you in the crap hole of a place

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 12:58 PM

radio city is beautiful- what's wrong w/ you people??

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:00 PM

Well let's see they're too big for Bowery, Music Hall, and Webster....

people would have complained if it was two nights at Terminal 5....

sound is much better at Radio City and there's really not a bad seat at Radio City...

can't you people see that after you can sell out T5, there's only really couple of venues that you can play in NYC all year around....
1) MSG
2) Theater at MSG
3) Radio City

I'm happy to see them finally step it up like MM when they played at Radio City back in 2004....

Don't worry kids, they won't be playing MSG anytime soon....

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | August 10, 2009 1:11 PM

Love YYY's and love Radio City but those two just dont mix and I'll just have to pass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:12 PM

If they have a good opener I'm there. Like really good.

Posted by anonymous2 | August 10, 2009 1:14 PM

What about Roseland Ballroom? that would have been good. case against the other joints is seats. RCMH guards are also really strict assholes (remember Arcade Fire show?).

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:16 PM

What about Hammerstein? I'm not suggesting United Palace because it is a pain in the ass to get to, but that I think would suit them too.

Anyway, tix are $30 & 40, and Radio City is great (sound, views) as far as seated venues are concerned. Stop whining.

Posted by Funderburgh | August 10, 2009 1:18 PM

1:11 you forgot

United Palace
Rumsey Playfield

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:19 PM

i saw bjork at radio city, kind of similar vibe to the yyy's (not really, but you know...) and it was really great, i was shocked and pleasantly surprised

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:20 PM

Cannot be happier. You guys wanting Roseland or Hammerstein are idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:22 PM

Holy Crap. YYY as a headliner at a festival? They are a D list band if that. You can file them in the Strokes bin at the record shop any day now. I know they have fans out there, but you gotta admit they don't even have a catalog to be a festival headliner.
I wonder how many people were pissed that the killers went on at the same time as Janes? If there was anyone watching the killers instead of a janes reunion that would just be sad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:26 PM

Is beer sold at Radio City Music Hall? Or should I sneak in a flask?

Posted by Regular reader | August 10, 2009 1:30 PM

meh meh meh

Posted by meh | August 10, 2009 1:30 PM

Ok I understand what you guys are saying about other venues such as United Palace, Hammerstein, Central Park Summerstage and Roseland....

but they're all about the same capacity as T5...and they played at Roseland couple years ago for two nights and sold that place out right? Would sell out Central park very easily....

I would rather see bands play at Radio City than Hammerstein!

and if they wanted to play 3,000 capacity venue, they would have picked T5 instead of United Palace (in which people would have complained about traveling up there anyway....)

so Radio City is the right choice...please deal with it! (they're in a boat where they can play anywhere from 4,000-6,000 people in NYC now...

I hope Nick picks Head Wound City and the Locust as openers!

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | August 10, 2009 1:33 PM

they sell beer, wine, liquor, etc, but i would recommend sneaking something in- why not? plus, depending on where you sit, it can be kind of a pain to go in and out of your seat b/c it's kind of like a baseball stadium- everyone gets interrupted if you have to leave... you know the deal

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:33 PM

and t5 sucks b/c you can't see shit in that place and the sound sucks... if it was set up different, it wouldn't be so bad, it has a cool vibe, but maybe if it was just a bar and not a music venue

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:37 PM

@ 1:37

what do you expect? it used to be a club (EXIT) and wasn't built for what it is now amd they cut a lot of corners when it was "converted".

Posted by Funderburgh | August 10, 2009 1:52 PM

I'm not going unless I get pit tickets, AAA or AA, anything less than that is not really worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 1:57 PM

I love Radio City--no bad seats, especially for a dramatic and visual-minded rock band. it was ideal for the Bunnymen's "Ocean Rain" show last year and it's perfect for YYYs.

glad it's not T5 or United Palace, which are not really adequate for an amplified rock show, however nice they may be as a place to drink.

I miss Irving Plaza or whatever they call it now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 2:21 PM

Funderburgh - what corners do you speak of?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 2:23 PM

@ 1:52- didn't realize it used to be a club- now things make more sense

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 2:27 PM

I rather see them at Keyspan Park

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 2:29 PM

I would sneak in liquor because $9 for a beer is nuts!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 2:40 PM

Keyspan is a good idea. Too late now to change things though. Prospect Park Bandshell would have been awesome as well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 2:40 PM

@ 2:23

Specifically? I have no clue, I'm not exactly the type of guy that hung out there when it was EXIT so don't know what it originally looked like. I guess my point is that the place was built to be a club, not a concert venue, and when it was turned into the latter I think that more could have been done to make it a better venue.

That said, I'm not going to pretend to know jack shit about converting a building like that, but I do know that if you spend enough money you can pretty much do anything. Given the volume of complaints that BV readers have about seeing shows at T5 I'm inclined to believe that many others are of the same opinion that more could have been done with that space to make it better for shows.

Posted by Funderburgh | August 10, 2009 3:33 PM

They should play The Charleston.

Posted by greg | August 10, 2009 3:49 PM

This band sucks

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 4:07 PM

they need to do a residency at Bowery, isn't that the place she said they loved to play? why do a fucking place like RCMH???

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 5:36 PM

Is the radio city place good for crowd surfing? That's what I like to do whenever those crazy guitars start up. Its calledRock-N-Roll bitches... This aint no chin rubbing jazz party!

Posted by the man with the mustache | August 10, 2009 5:45 PM

def no crowd surfing at radio city

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 6:04 PM

they all suck, all bands suck. all venues suck. all beer, wine and liquor sucks too. oh, and you suck.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2009 10:35 PM

that comment sucks.

Posted by the man with the mustache | August 11, 2009 1:25 AM

i love how half of you are making alternate suggestions, as if you had some say in where yyys have their shows?

@240 specifically -- wow is it really too late? aww shucks!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 5:35 PM

There are always some out there to find criticism no matter what. Any band would be honored for the opportunity to play one of the all time great venues. Some of you are jealous of others successes because of your own failures and inadequacies. If you do not like the YYY's music, do not listen to them. End of story. Personally I think the trio are magnificent and are deserving of this chance. RCMH WOW! I have seen many shows there, and the acoustics are awesome. The security is not that strict, you could stand and even dance in the aisles or the lobby! The only caveat would be if the place is not sold out. Then it could be a cavernous place for a band. However, YYY's will sell out, and for the naysayers all I have to say to is Heaven Help the Fool!

Posted by Dark Star | August 23, 2009 11:11 AM

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