Posted in music | pictures on November 3, 2010

photos by Greg Cristman

Dresden Dolls

[The Dresden Dolls have] been on hiatus for a few years, with both members working on other projects. ...It's difficult to find a crowd as receptive as the one that'll skip Halloween parties to show up for a cult act that hasn't played in a few years. This was a sold-out venue full of people who really, really wanted to be there -- most of them to see the Dolls, but also a few older rock geeks who came to see the Legendary Pink Dots, a long-running and hard-to-define act that Palmer calls her favorite.

The fans got their money's worth, too, and not just because of the big balloon drop during a cover of the viral-video "Double Rainbow" song. The band -- Palmer on electric piano and vocals, and the terrific Brian Viglione on drums (and pantomime asides) -- is built to be stagey and theatrical, and they have a looseness that's great to watch. They know each other and their set well enough that they can wind down in the middle of a song to chatter among themselves or talk back to the audience. They pepper their act with storytelling numbers. They've also collected exactly the kind of fan base that enjoys dressing up and gathering together at their feet, which is a good bet for Halloween. -[New York Magazine]

The Halloween show at Irving Plaza was the first of a short reunion tour run for The Dresden Dolls, and was one date on a separate tour for The Legendary Pink Dots who also played Le Poisson Rouge a couple of days earlier.

The show was also an anniversary of sorts for the band; it was on Halloween in 2000 that Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione first met. While the band has been on hiatus, Amanda has been busy making an even bigger name for herself. And take note: she is reportedly moving to Brooklyn in July (which is when she is also reportedly getting married to Neil Gaiman).

More Pictures from the gig (including DD's setlist and the costumed crowd), and some videos (including their cover of "War Pigs"), below...

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The Dresden Dolls - Double Rainbow - Irving Plaza 10-31-10

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The Dresden Dolls - Coin-Operated Boy - Irving Plaza 10-31-10

Dresden Dolls, War Pigs. Irving Plaza, Halloween 2010.

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Comments (18)

BV could you possibly stop calling them THE legendary pink dots? there's no THE in that band's name.

Posted by me | November 3, 2010 3:24 PM

i'm not familiar with the band, but just from glancing through google images, their album covers seem to suggest that it is in fact THE Legendary Pink Dots...

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 3:36 PM

Ummm, I'm looking the cover of THE Crushed Velvet Apocalypse by THE Legendary Pink Dots.

Btw, ridiculous that this story is about the Dresden Dolls and NOT the LPDs. Sad state of affairs indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 3:49 PM

how about THE WORST...both bands that is

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 4:18 PM

sick of Halloween

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2010 5:17 PM

Nik Jennings, I love you.

Posted by Amanda G | November 4, 2010 4:49 AM

great post, great pics of two fabulous bands. wish i coulda been there.

Posted by Marcus | November 4, 2010 4:51 AM

dresden dolls were truly amazing and LPD was way too short.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2010 6:57 AM

Hey! How about if you don't like the band, don't say anything? It's that simple.

The concert was awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2010 12:48 PM

wow that crowd is a whole lotta NO THANKS

Posted by Brian | November 5, 2010 3:34 PM

BV could you possibly stop calling them THE legendary pink dots? there's no THE in that band's name.

Posted by رسائل | January 30, 2011 12:27 PM

That's great performance. Like all you've done bro.

Posted by tanaman bunga | October 20, 2013 1:48 PM

I miss listening to their songs. Seeing those old photos bring back memories. I was once a fan of them.

Posted by Jenny | February 5, 2014 3:47 AM

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