Posted in music | tour dates on September 23, 2010

Nick Zinner @ Monster Island - Sept 22, 2010 (by Jenn Pelly)
Zinner

As NME reports:

Following the finale of 'Y Control' [at Monster Island Basement last night], the [Yeah Yeah Yeahs] returned with a rare run through 'Modern Romance'. The singer also added to the celebratory feel of the evening by showering the front row with confetti, before saluting the crowd by declaring: "It's fucked up how sweet you guys are!"

This show follows another secret performance at Manhattan's Don Hills venue last week - Yeah Yeah Yeahs are due to continue their low-key tour of their hometown's smallest venues with a strongly rumoured show for friends and family, believed to be taking place at the Mercury Lounge on Friday (September 24).

As the article implies, it doesn't seem like they'll make any tickets available to the public for the Manhattan show. Some videos of last night's show, shot by Jenn Pelly (who was also at Pavement earlier in the night), below...

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"Maps" @ Monster Island

"Y Congtrol" @ Monster Island

"Modern Romance" @ Monster Island

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Comments (54)

another yyy private show. that's so nice of the band!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:37 PM

all these "secret" shows are starting piss me off

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:44 PM

like ... OMG. like, let's hype them more. Like, can I get some, like tickets. Like, OMG, this sooo keewwwl.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:49 PM

Secret and/or private shows used to be rather few and far between, and they used to be,... well actually secret.

It seems now that the details of every secret show is immediately mentioned to everyone on the internet and that every band is suddenly jumping into the small private and or 'secret' show game.

It's losing it's cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:51 PM

anyone remember when they played that junk yard in brooklyn? when was that? that day was bonkers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:55 PM

Sorry, 1:51. It will still be cool as long as you publicly think it's not.

Posted by Jesus | September 23, 2010 1:55 PM

so basically 1:51 your position is: if you know about it, it's not cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:55 PM

Mercury Lounge isn't a secret show. It's a private show. These are different things.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:55 PM

if the Yeah Yeah Yeah's are playing a private show for only friends and family, then how come they aren't doing so in one of their homes, or at a private facility?

Why do they have to take up a real club where another band could be playing and regular people could be there?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 1:56 PM

1:56

frustrated much over not having an IN?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:00 PM

How do I become a friend/family of the YYY's by tomorrow night?

Posted by Dan | September 23, 2010 2:02 PM

no my position is that in the last few weeks there have been a half dozen high profile bands playing invite only shows in tiny venues that are seemingly being promoted to everyone that's not invited as cool exclusive gigs.

It's kind of a turn off if you ask me.

Iggy & THe Stooges, Hole, The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, etc. have all played supposedly secret unadvertised gigs who's details seem to be intentionally posted all over the place by publicists trying to make the event seem really 'down and dirty' and 'back to the rock n roll roots'., when in fact they are all exclusive, corporate and very calculated. If everyone is doing it at the same time and the average fan can;t get into any of them, than it accomplishes the opposite in terms of publicity. It starts to piss everyone off.

How about either letting real fans in, or shutting up about private shows. Why do people need to be hit over the head with the fact that they are not invited to someone else's ego trip?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:03 PM

2:03.... well said.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:05 PM

baBA ganoush

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:07 PM

i'm sure the ticket into any of these "secret" shows is a dslr camera, a blog, and an email to a band's publicist. that is, if you want to be a jerk about forcing your way in. (the bands are just as bad for allowing this).

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:08 PM

on the Mercury's website it says "Tickets Available At The Door"...

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:17 PM

haha "regular people"...amazing

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | September 23, 2010 2:21 PM

I JUST SOLD EIGHT PHOTOCOPIED TICKETS FOR $300 AND BOUGHT FOUR REAL TICKETS FOR $1 FROM A GUY I MET AT PAVEMENT

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:27 PM

This is bullshit. Why didn't they just do like a week's residency at bowery instead of all these secret/private shows that are impossible for normal, working people to attend. Seems they sure do love their hometown!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:33 PM

2:03
Well spoken, indeed. What constantly baffles me is, that blogs do actually pick these events up and feed it to the masses as 'news'. Who gives a shit whether or not an artists plays a non public show. May that be a corporate event or a private affair for their friends or whatever. You go girls! That's all good. Unless of course shit keeps on getting rubbed in. In such cases one could start asking the question "who keeps on rubbing it in, the band, their representatives, the media or all of the aforementioned?"

Remember that Erykah Badu show at Under100? That's the way to do it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:34 PM

1:55 yeah that show was 8/31/02. can't believe it was so long ago.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:35 PM

yeah seriously WTF, just a big d*ck slap.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:37 PM

Bingo, 2:03. Especially the exclusive, corporate and very calculated part. But I disagree with you that it hurts these groups in any way. If anything, it'll motivate the "regular people" to snatch up tickets extra quickly next time they do a predictable two-night stint at Terminal Five or something. That's the biz.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:45 PM

really not sure what the allure is. i am not trying to cause a stir, but i've seen these guys a bunch of times- at festivals or opening for other bands and their sound live is terrible. that girl knows how to scream, sure, but that is about it for her and the music- to me- is just so so. but hey, that is just my 2 cents. don't mean to offend.

Posted by raquel | September 23, 2010 2:45 PM

Going to a show like that would make me feel hip. I mean it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:46 PM

It was fashion week you babies, grow a pair.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:47 PM

"fashion week" hahahahahahhahha

aaaaaahhahhahahhahahhahaha.....

ahhhhhhhaaaahahahhahhahahhaa

snicker

Posted by johnny | September 23, 2010 2:49 PM

elitist private shows arent very rock and roll

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:55 PM

2:03, you are an idiot of the highest order. Sorry for you that you are a nobody and cannot get in to those events. Sour Grapes. Suck it up and get on with life.

This kind of thing has been going on for years. Moron, it was fashion week, the most disgusting week of putrid self serving promotion the city has every year.

Do you really believe that it will piss people off to the point of negatively affecting the bands. Are you that stupid? Yeah i am sure no one will get tickets when The Strokes or The Stooges or Yeah Yeah Yeahs come around with their big shows at Terminal Dreck for "regular" folks. Those will sell out cause people basically are sheep. That is why a god awful place like Terminal 5 can still exist.

Why put down YYY though? They did it right. They played one small corporate show, one small show last night for their fans and tomorrow one small one for their friends.

Stop whining.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:55 PM

"This kind of thing has been going on for years. Moron, it was fashion week, the most disgusting week of putrid self serving promotion the city has every year."

it's such a putrid self-serving promotion that they have it twice a year now!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:57 PM

boo hoo. waaaaaaaaa

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:01 PM

the show at santos last year was kinda secret

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:01 PM

Too bad Todd P isn't promoting this one, because this piece tells you exactly how you could have got into the YYYs Monster Island show for free:

http://www.theawl.com/2010/09/yeah-yeah-yeahs-get-the-last-laugh-at-their-10th-anniversary-show

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 3:19 PM

"It was fashion week you babies, grow a pair."

right... it was FASHION week, not CMJ, New Music Seminar, ATP, or any other music festival..... since when did FASHION week become LIVE MUSIC week?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:10 PM

ummmm.... Fashion designers/Brands spend a LOT of fucking money on parties during fashion week.... sometimes they hire fairly big artists to play their parties. and its usually a pretty big payday (especially for the effort) for the artists to play these things. Why is this such a foreign concept to you mongoloids?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:18 PM

2:55 does it make you feel smart to call someone else stupid and a moron and then explain simple facts that everyone already knows?

That makes you and idiot of an even higher order

Of course it was fashion week you imbecile. Do you think I knew that the Stooges, Hole and the Strokes were playing private shows and I didn't connect it to Fashion week?

And yes of course this stuff has been going on for years, we all know that. The whole point of my post is that it used to occur on a regular basis but it was never used as a frustrating marketing tool to the degree it suddenly has. This makes it loose some of the appeal that originally made these types of gigs special in the first place.

and no it won't prevent the average sheep from going to upcoming Terminal 5 shows, but then the average sheep most probably didn't know about and still doesn't know about any of these private small club shows.

What it does is it creates ill will with a smaller but ultimately just as important group of fans- the die hard true fan that is suddenly rubbed in the face with an exclusivity that may have always been there but wasn't as apparent before.- sure this maybe is a smaller segment of the audience, but it's a vocal one.

The average Terminal 5 sheep is not going to know about or care that they missed a small club show, and they are not going to complain on a blog. Yet the real cult fan might be inclined to get up and shout about it.

Who do you think are the ones that are writing concert reviews, album reviews, blogging about these bands? It's not the general public that casually go to shows. In many cases it's true die hard fans. Piss them off and you are treading on dangerous territory.

The fact that you couldn't figure that out and just read a post on the most simplistic and face value basis shows just how dim and stupid and simple you are.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:27 PM

It's not a foreign concept to us mongoloids. You're missing the point entirely. No one's saying this shouldn't go on. I does, it did, and it will. It's just that WHY DO WE HAVE TO HEAR ABOU IT BEING ALL HYPED UP NOW?

This happened for years and the regular folks never knew it was even ever going on. Now everyone is specifically being made aware of things they can;t attend

Let them have their private shows, just keep it outta us mongoloids faces.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:31 PM

real estate would never play a private show

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:33 PM

MUDHONEY:

You got it (Keep it Outta my Face)


Well
They say you got it
I'll say you got it
That's right, you got it
You got it good

You got it
Oh hell, you got it
You can have it
You got it

You give it away
like free samples
But I don't want
what anyone can
have
You got it
Damn right, you got it
So what?

Keep it outta my face
Keep it outta my face
Keep it outta my face
Keep it outta my face
Yeah

Just 'cause you got it
You think
everyone wants
you
Just 'cause you got it
You think you're
so damn neat
You got it
That's right, you got it
Fuck you

Keep it outta my face
Keep it outta my face
Keep it outta my face
Keep it outta my face

Ow
Yeah
Oh

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:34 PM

ironic thing is, none of these bands that played private shows recently are really that big of a deal anyway within the larger scheme of things.

Any of these bands are Terminal 5 level on a good day. So what's the big deal?

When MUCH larger really iconic bands do small club shows they invite the public and they actually manage to keep it a secret..

When McCartney played the Highline, it wasn't a private show And it was actually secret until it hit the news that morning.

And something like that was actually a real big deal.

The real acts actually have real secret shows that the public is allowed to go to.

These lesser bands are buying into their own hype machine by creating advance word of exclusivity that really isn't that big a deal for the level they are in anyway.

If an arena or a stadium level band played Don Hills or the Mercury than that would be a different story.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:42 PM

4:31-- so you're saying BV sucks because he posts pictures and info on stuff you wouldn't normally see? you really are a fucking mongoloid.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 4:52 PM

it's not BV that's to blame. BV is doing their part in reporting what';s news. It's the publicists of the bands and the record company people and the corporate sponsors for leaking the info on purpose and then refusing to open up the party to the public.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 5:12 PM

Can everyone just chill out here and blend some chickpeas?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 5:41 PM

Set times for otmorrow?

Any openers?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:50 AM

no openers. it'll just be an evening with YYY and those that were with them from the beginning. A very special evening reserved for very special people. I'll take pictures of it though so check youtube saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:56 AM

2:03, you are an idiot of the highest order. Sorry for you that you are a nobody and cannot get in to those events. Sour Grapes. Suck it up and get on with life.

This kind of thing has been going on for years. Moron, it was fashion week, the most disgusting week of putrid self serving promotion the city has every year.

Do you really believe that it will piss people off to the point of negatively affecting the bands. Are you that stupid? Yeah i am sure no one will get tickets when The Strokes or The Stooges or Yeah Yeah Yeahs come around with their big shows at Terminal Dreck for "regular" folks. Those will sell out cause people basically are sheep. That is why a god awful place like Terminal 5 can still exist.

Why put down YYY though? They did it right. They played one small corporate show, one small show last night for their fans and tomorrow one small one for their friends.

Stop whining.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 2:55 PM

Sorry that your a somebody vapid fashion week hollow loser who obviously swims in celebrity lifestyle then pretends to explain themselves.
The YYY's and the Strokes were hated by people who could spot pseudo indie or "art rock" music looking for celebrity long ago. The YYY'S love to pose for pictures. Impressive.

Other cities music scenes were not surprised by how narcissistic and image driven these little burg bands were.

Oh my they played a show at a junkyard 2002?
Thats so long ago. They must have been 22 years old then. Thats your duration for history in music? Pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:11 AM

Good song reference. Speaking of Mudhoney.

I'd love to see Mark Arm laugh in Karen O's face.
His song about courtney reminds me of this singer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 3:16 AM

The falafel guy asked me, "if I wanted hummus with that?" and I replied, "yea yea yea"

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 10:59 AM

September 23, 2010 2:17 PM -- I called mercury lounge and told the lady the website says "tickets available at the door", she pulled it up on her and denied that it was on the page. o_O

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:54 PM

why would they bother listing a "buy tix" icon on the bowery presents page for this if there are not going to be tix available. if they're trying to be funny, they're failing miserably.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 1:11 PM

Bowery site says both: "Tickets available at the door" and "*There are NO tickets available."

very confusing

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 1:34 PM

"Closed for a Private Event
*There are NO tickets available.*"

Seems pretty clear to me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 4:30 PM

It's hip for bands that were cool many years ago to play "intimate" venues, where the "in-crowd" hangs in attempt to revive their popularity which for most is on a certain decline. Sure they can sell out huge arenas, but who are they playing for...pimplefaced shitbags and
40-somethings who think they're cool. As far as y.y.y's playing their old catalog...the only tunes worth listening to are from their original self titled ep -that shit was rockin'.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 2:20 AM

Did anyone get a Mercury Lounge setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 5:27 PM

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