Posted in music | pictures on May 27, 2010

by Kurt Christensen

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

"From the very first chords -- wisely not something from the new album, but a scorching version of Roky's classic "Night of the Vampire" -- it was evident that it was going to be a show to remember. And it just got better from there. Okkervil's frontman, Will Sheff, who with his beard and spectacles looked every bit like a long-lost son of John Lennon, spent the 90-minute set grinning from ear to ear as he played out his guitar fantasies onstage with Roky.

This was clearly a labor of love for Sheff and his band. Okkervil River was definitely not a backup band, but a true collaborator with Roky." [WYMMWIG]

Their amps eventually arrived and the Roky Erickson Okkervil River band played their show at Webster Hall on Tuesday night. More pictures from the show and the selist, below...

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Bird of Youth

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

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Comments (14)

nice fucking setlist. love "two headed dog"!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 4:44 PM

reverberationnnnnnnn

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 8:19 PM

@4:44...ur thinking of two headed BOY....that songs great...this guy sux..

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 10:26 PM

"That guy" does not suck -and how can you possibly imagine Jeff Mangum doing what he did without Roky doing what HE did first?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 11:08 PM

I was there.....it was a great concert all around. Okkervil River complimented his songs well.

I enjoyed Bird of Youth as well.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 11:12 PM

@4:44...ur thinking of two headed BOY....that songs great...this guy sux..

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2010 10:26 PM

What the hell are you ignorantly talking about?
You dont know who Roky Erickson is or the 13th Floor elevators.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 12:53 AM

A two headed dog is preferable to a two headed boy for obvious reasons.

Posted by methusela | May 28, 2010 2:29 AM

Start to finish an awesome show

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 2:51 AM

"@4:44...ur thinking of two headed BOY....that songs great...this guy sux.."

Another ignorant fuckball. You should bow down to Erickson, but you probably don't even know who he is in the first place.

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 9:53 AM

Great show! Some numbers didn't work as well as others, but when Roky & the band clicked it was bad ass.

Posted by $cotty C | May 28, 2010 11:02 AM

I thought the opening band was really good, too. does anyone know anything about them?

Posted by Anonymous | May 28, 2010 6:48 PM

Bird Of Youth, from Brooklyn - she sings with Roky on the record. http://www.myspace.com/birdofyouthmusic

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 7:24 PM

I had tickets, but couldn't bring mystelf to make the trip into the city, I'm sure the show was great, but I don't know if Rocky would have dragged himself out of the house - if he were me!

Rock on Roky!
Sincerely,
The Legendary Danny O'Doul

Posted by The Legendary Danny O'Doul | June 2, 2010 9:03 AM

The opening band did nothing for me, except the singer was nice to look at. Oh, and their version of "I Had To Tell You" was decent.

Overall Roky was great, but didn't anyone else feel he had trouble finding the notes a lot? I mean for a few of the songs I felt like he never really found the vocal melody - Moody Tunes and Reverberation come to mind; he just sounded 'off' to me.

Posted by Big Jilm | June 2, 2010 1:43 PM

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