Posted in music | pictures on May 13, 2010

photos by Chris La Putt with openers by Ryan Muir

"thepeoplespeak.com" - Massive Attack

Massive Attack

George Clinton [who did NOT play with Massive Attack] popularized the phrase "Free your mind and your ass will follow," but few of his successors have pursued the concept as doggedly as Britain's Massive Attack. At this, their first Stateside show in four years [on Tuesday night], the core duo of Robert "3D" Del Naja and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall surrounded themselves with a passel of rhythm-savvy players and -- even more vividly -- with a dizzying multimedia show that came across like Disneyland's Electrical Parade as curated by Noam Chomsky.

Drawing heavily from the recently released Virgin set "Heligoland" -- the band's highest-charting disc to date -- the band didn't hammer home its rhetoric in the songs themselves but did rely on some intriguing juxtapositions. As reggae veteran Horace Andy -- one of a rotating cast of singers -- ramped up the emotion on the bluesy "Girl, I Love You," an ominous video matched that escalation with an increasing dollar figure signifying money spent on the Iraq war. [Variety on Massive Attack night 1]

The highly political Massive Attack followed up their May 11th show at Terminal 5 with the second of their two shows at the venue last night, Wednesday, 5/12. Anti-Pop Consortium opened night one, and Neon Indian took their opening spot for the second night. Martina Topley-Bird opened both and performed as one of the band's rotating vocalists for both. Others behind the mic included Horace Andy and Deborah Miller.

The Terminal 5 gigs came after two in Toronto. The short "tour" finishes up on the west coast and ends with an appearance at Sasquatch on May 30th. More pictures of the headliner from the May 12th show (the many outfits of Matina Topley-Bird included), with the openers from the May 11th show, and a video compilation of songs from night one with three videos from night two, below...

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Martina Topley-Bird (Tuesday night) by Ryan Muir

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Anti-Pop Consortium (Tuesday night) by Ryan Muir

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Massive Attack (Wednesday night) by Chris La Putt

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No setlist here, but I think it was very similar to the first night's. No pics of Neon coming either (sorry!). Night two pics HERE.

Massive Attack at Terminal 5, NYC May 11th

Massive Attack at Terminal 5, NYC May 12th

Massive Attack at Terminal 5, NYC May 12th

Massive Attack at Terminal 5, NYC May 12th

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Comments (14)

"song 3"? if you didnt know 'angel,' you shouldn't have been at that show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 1:43 PM

^it's all the same no matter whose playing at t5

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 1:49 PM

""song 3"? if you didnt know 'angel,' you shouldn't have been at that show."

those were temporary file names while uploading the videos.

Posted by brooklynvegan | May 13, 2010 1:54 PM

"their first Stateside show in four years"
Actually they played NYC in 2008.

Posted by R08 | May 13, 2010 2:09 PM

fuckkkkking awesome show though it was WAY too f'n oversold/packed (to state the obvious.)

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 2:10 PM

Where did they play in 2008??? I don't remember!

They were awesome night #1 but like 2:10pm said, way too crowded. I can only imagine for LCD's 4 night stand at T5...

let the complaining begin!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 2:26 PM

"Actually they played NYC in 2008."

no they didn't

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 2:31 PM

"Highly political" is pushing it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 2:36 PM

My bad, I saw them @ Roseland Ballroom in 2006. I can't believe its been 4 years...

Posted by R08 | May 13, 2010 2:41 PM

all i ever see at terminal 5 is the back of heads

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 5:54 PM

Great show, and Martina is awesome. What a voice and she put in a lot of time at the merchandise table, signing stuff and chatting.

Word to the wise--I bought some fake tickets from a scalper. My mistakes were: 1) tickets didn't have the perforation real tickets too--didn't notice this till too late 2) bought them 2 blocks away from T5. The door staff said the real tickets are sold on the immediate block or even right in front of the door. If you wander too far off, you're buying a fake. Ask an attendee to see what real tickets look like before you scalp some.

The scalper in question was an enormous gentleman, probably 6'3" and 350 pounds.

Luckily I got a real ticket and was able to see the show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2010 7:32 PM

its nice how you didnt see the need to mention that the scalper was black since it is so obvious.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 1:35 AM

its nice how you didnt see the need to mention that the scalper was black since it is so obvious.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2010 1:36 AM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:10 AM

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