Posted in music | tour dates on March 11, 2011

photos by Tracy Allison, words by Erin Allison

Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes headlined Radio City Music Hall in NYC twice this week. - March 8 & 9. Conor Oberst's Merge label-mates Superchunk and Wild Flag also opened both nights. I was there on the 2nd night which is also when the pictures in this post were taken.

Wild Flag, the all-girl group from Portland, comprised of Sleater-Kinney and former Helium members took the stage at 8pm for a rocking, half-hour long, six song set. Wild Flag also played The Rock Shop twice on March 5th.

If you would have told a younger Oberst at age thirteen that Superchunk would be opening for his band he would have "kicked you in the shins." The pop-punk band, who released their 9th album this past September, were equally enthusiastic to be opening for Bright Eyes, with singer (and Merge head honcho) Mac McCaughan telling the audience that playing a venue like Radio City alongside bands like Wild Flag and Bright Eyes "makes you feel part of something bigger."

As Oberst took the stage, members of the audience could be heard shouting "Welcome back, Conor!" Bright Eyes played a perfect mix of new and old music during the twenty-song set and three-song encore. The theme for the night seemed to be sexually explicit material, with a dash of family. Two songs were dedicated "to Nancy", the Bright Eyes frontman's mother. Oberst shared the stage with only Nathaniel Wolcott for "Ladder Song," and talked about Lent, telling all of Radio City that he had given up apologizing for the next 40 days. The politically active Oberst discussed the U.S. government trying to control the whole world and encouraged people to do what they can to make a change before playing "Old Soul Song".

There was dancing, tears, squealing audience members, and screams when Oberst jumped into the audience during the encore. Fans could not have been happier to have Bright Eyes back, and as it was eloquently put, "Coberst killed it." Free Gotham said:

"The highlight of the evening? I loved "Hot Knives," "Bowl of Oranges," "Lover I Don't Have to Love" and "Ladder Song," but the epitome of Bright Eyes had to be the performance of "Shell Games." Not only is this one of the best tracks off of The People's Key, it was without a doubt the best song of the night."
The full setlists for both nights, more tour dates, some videos, and more pictures from night two, below...

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Bright Eyes Concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on March 8, 2011

Firewall
Jejune Stars
Take It Easy (Love Nothing)
Four Winds
Bowl of Oranges
We Are Nowhere and It's Now
Shell Games
Approximate Sunlight
Arc of Time
Falling Out of Love at This Volume
Beginner's Mind
Cartoon Blues
Something Vague
Hot Knives
Nothing Gets Crossed Out
A Machine Spiritual (In the People's Key)
Old Soul Song
Poison Oak
The Calendar Hung Itself
Lua
Encore:
Gold Mine Gutted
Lover I Don't Have to Love
Road To Joy
One For Me, One For You

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Bright Eyes Concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, USA Setlist on March 9, 2011
Firewall
Jejune Stars
Take It Easy (Love Nothing)
Hot Knives
An Attempt to Tip the Scales
Padraic My Prince
We Are Nowhere and It's Now
Shell Games
Approximate Sunlight
Arc of Time
Triple Spiral
Cleanse Song
Trees Get Wheeled Away
No One Would Riot For Less
Beginner's Mind
Bowl of Oranges
Old Soul Song
Poison Oak
The Calendar Hung Itself
Ladder Song

Encore:
Lover I Don't Have to Love
Road To Joy
One for You, One for Me

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BRIGHT EYES - 2011 TOUR DATES
Mar 11 State Theater Portland, ME
Mar 13 The Sound Academy Toronto, ON , CA
Mar 14 Royal Oak Music Theatre Detroit, MI , US
Mar 15 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Mar 16 Foellinger Auditorium Urbana, Illinois
Mar 17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN, us
Mar 19 Auditorium Shores Austin, Texas , US
Apr 2 Uptown Theater Kansas City
Apr 3 The Riverside Milwaukee, WI, us
Apr 4 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN, us
Apr 5 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN, us
Apr 8 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC , CA
Apr 9 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR , US
Apr 12 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
Apr 13 Fox Theater Pomona, CA , USA
Apr 16 COACHELLA Indio, California, US
Jun 6 The Pageant St Louis
Jun 16 Kaufleuten Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Jun 19 Postbahnhof Berlin, GERMANY
Jun 21 Gloria-Theater Köln, GERMANY
Jun 23 Alhambra Paris, FRANCE
Jun 23 Royal Albert Hall London, United Kingdom
Jul 7 Tivoli Utrecht, Netherlands
Jul 8 HMV Institute, Birmingham Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
Jul 12 The Sage Gateshead Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM
Jul 14 Manchester Academy Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM

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Comments (47)

wild flag: awesome
superchunk: amazing
bright eyes: blech

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:24 PM

Haters gonna hate, but Bright Eyes DID kill. I was there the same night and it was a wonderful night of music. Everyone was on top of their game. Superchunk is a machine that cannot be stopped—it's awe-inspiring to see them. (And I was happy that their set was so "Majesty Shredding" heavy, as its become a dear favorite already.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:24 PM

I went both nights. He killed it. Loved seeing a fancy stage set up and Conor singing without a guitar. He seemed so happy to be there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:25 PM

did superchunk play precision auto? if so... how on earth did a mosh pit not erupt? llllame

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:37 PM

i'm so glad that amp failed, and the first one too! got to scream into the mic with conor for 'make some noise!' during road to joygreatest night ever

Posted by chris | March 11, 2011 1:42 PM

Kick Drum Fader - pull it down

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:44 PM

bright eyes, somehow, has become a great live band over the years.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:45 PM

he looks really short looked like a fun show

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:46 PM

Does anyone know the name of the 2nd song Wild Flag played? Carrie sings and Mary is plays the guitar high (pic 9 of the Wild Flag pics).

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:49 PM

"did superchunk play precision auto?"

Not on Wednesday. No one around me was into Superchunk.

I only went for Wild Flag and Superchunk. Never was into Bright Eyes and I left still unimpressed by them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 1:54 PM

If this jackass came on after Superchunk, kicked himself in the shin, and then said goodnight, then this show might have actually been worth the 50 bucks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:02 PM

I used to be a huge Bright Eyes fan for many years. But right before he put out "I'm Wide Awake"/"Digital Ash" he started becoming a real primadonna and acting like such an annoying ass at his performances. I got fed up, and stopped paying attention to him. One thing an artist should never have: disdain for his/her audience.

It's a shame because I always thought he had such potential as a songwriter, but I just couldn't take his shitty attitude anymore.

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by his performance at Radio City. He really seemed to be having fun, appreciating the crowd again and playing well. I never thought I'd see that again, and I congratulate him on whatever prompted such a change. Keep it going, Conor!

Superchunk and Wild Flag totally owned, by the way. I'd pay for another ticket just to see those two again.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:05 PM

@1:24, you: a fucking twat.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:08 PM

Wild Flag lived up to the hype- they were really good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:09 PM

2:08: a dumdum

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:11 PM

Bright Eyes setlist kinda sucked since the new stuff is only ok. He actually has a decent sized catalog to pick from, he could've played some more crowd pleasers since he hasn't played NY lately. Someone near me actually shouted "Last night's setlist was better"

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:11 PM

One of the BEST shows I've seen in a very long time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:12 PM

I didn't go but I saw that they played Blow of oranges and i actually felt my heart tear in half

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:23 PM

I did really want to hear Haile Selassie.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:25 PM

Despite Carrie Brownstein batting for the other team I would love to, you know, do stuff with her.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:27 PM

Leonard Lopate dug it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:37 PM

Wild Flag were decent. Great riffs, but they needed to dump the keys and get a bass player.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:37 PM

Here's a couple of quick vids from my front row center location on Wednesday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMP7y448VKE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFHK8j_NX8w&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Obviously I'm not a filmmaker (or golfer, for that matter); just wanted a couple of documents to celebrate my amazing luck during the presale. Great show. It goes without saying in regard to BE & Superchunk, but I really liked Wild Flag too. I look forward to seeing them again. I was close enough to tell Carrie to "put a bird on it", but it unfortunately did not occur to me at the time.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 2:45 PM

Superchunk as an opening band for anyone just seems weird

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:04 PM

do people over 20 like Bright Eyes?

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:13 PM

I do. I'm 38.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:20 PM

How do so many people under 20 know bright eyes? Fucking fantastic show but for a second I though I was at a beiber show

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:25 PM

2:05: Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:31 PM

@ 3:25. emotional tweens love Bright Eyes to death. I'm guessing his music in some shitty kid show or movie.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:33 PM

I'll take Mary and Carrie and Corin.

Posted by Ricky Martin | March 11, 2011 3:37 PM

not enough off Lifted

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:55 PM

that Poison Oak video is pure blue balls. who was filming that and just cut it off. "yeah im bored. get to the chorus!"

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 3:56 PM

i strongly believe that men in their late 20s / early 30s that still get all fired up and angry hating this guy are just jealous because he's both good looking and talented as opposed to, you know, fat, bearded, single....but have sweet record collections!

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 4:50 PM

Conor is fat, bearded and single on the inside

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 5:08 PM

Janet Weiss is a really good drummer. That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 5:22 PM

Thanks BV for posting my videos....I have more on my website as well from both shows:)

http://www.youtube.com/user/KidATiki?feature=mhum

Posted by Kidatiki | March 11, 2011 6:39 PM

drunk kid catholic? haligh haligh haligh? when the president talks to god? perfect sonnet? false advertising?

oh, wait, no - those are songs your fans might actually WANT TO HEAR. lets get some more cassadega cuts.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 7:56 PM

@2:11, thanks for defending my honor. love, @1:24. xoxo.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 8:15 PM

"One of the BEST shows I've seen in a very long time." > wait until you see the jacuzzi boys

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 8:45 PM

6:39, by acknowledging that BV posted your videos, BV will never post your videos again.

Posted by PoopArtist | March 11, 2011 9:03 PM

when the songs from i'm wide awake it's morning
were played tears star rolling like rivers really powerfull stuff

Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2011 9:51 PM

7:56 is right, he really neglected a lot of his best songs. Lets not Shit Ourselves, Something Vague, You Will, Balance Beam, First Day of My Life...sometimes you gotta give the people what they want

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 10:07 PM

i love bright eyes. i'm 60. what's age got to do with it? I've seen them live about 15 times over 8 years or so. brilliant songwriting and heartfelt performances. i can't wait to see them in april and may.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 11:18 PM

An I'm 81 and eat hummus all the time because it doesn't require much chewing and the photo-nutrient locked within the chickpea give me lots if energy for Rock and Roll dancemoves such as the hip thrust.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2011 11:52 PM

Well played, 3:31! Sincerely, 2:05.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2011 1:13 AM

Timeless emo music. Though on the other hand three people in this band look like lesbians.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2011 1:45 AM

i gotta shit so bad you guys have no idea

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2011 3:08 AM

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