Posted in music | pictures | venues on May 24, 2012

photos by Joe McCabe

Ben Gibbard @ Beacon Theater - 4/29/12
Death Cab for Cutie

NYC showed Ben Gibbard and his band Death Cab For Cutie much love during a recent three night run at Beacon Theater. Ben did not return that love in a recent article about baseball stadiums in Rolling Stone. Ben said:

PNC Park is by far the most beautiful park in all of baseball. The place feels so intimate and old-fashioned in all the best ways. I love the design of their out-of-town scoreboard. The views of downtown Pittsburgh and the bridges across the Allegheny River at night are spectacular. You can also buy a gigantic bucket of hot wings there that will stop your heart. The new Yankee stadium is by far the worst I've been to. It might look like the old one from the outside, but inside it's more like a gaudy, Long Island shopping mall than a ballpark. A classic example of what happens when people have too much money and very little taste. Plus, it tends to be full of Yankees fans.
Ouch Ben, ouch.

We already posted timely pictures of nights one and two of Death Cab's three-night run (along with news of their continued tour that hits NJ next time). Here is a set of pictures we've been saving, from the third and final night at Beacon with Youth Lagoon. More of them below...

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Comments (45)

this band can suck a ding dong

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:52 AM

^amen

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:55 AM

Hey he's entitled to his opinion, as am I. Death Cab for Cutie is a mediocre band on a good day.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:56 AM

why would brooklyn vegan get defensive about someone saying they don't like a giant concrete soulless corporate-dominated building? no ouch. he's right, the place is terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:57 AM

He can say what he wants about Yankee stadium and I don't care, but don't compare the stadium to anything on Long Island Ben, because you are a little bitch. I love your music, but don't make me smack you around. I wonder if he's taken the 10 minute drive out of his posh house in Seattle to Bellevue, the most gaudy place in the Northwest.
Seattle Mariners also suck.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:00 PM

Ben Gibbard prefers baseball stadiums that have giant cock-shaped pillars.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:01 PM

New stadium does suck. He has a point.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:05 PM

Yankee Stadium is large, white and cold... like a handicapped stall in a public bathroom.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:12 PM

Sometimes, you just need to say something "taboo" in an attention-whoring "yeah, I said it" kind of way in order to overcompensate for the fact that you're insignificant to anything you come in contact with.


In short, no one cares what you think, Benjamin.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:16 PM

He didn't take a shot at Yankee Stadium, he took a shot at NY and NYers (especially LI). He gets to have an opinion, but so do we. Next tour they should go to Pittsburgh since we NYers have too much taste to listen to their emo pablum.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:22 PM

Dude is a twee dork who likes retro buildings. I'm shocked.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:26 PM

Hes right about the stadium, but he lost me when he took a shot at New Yorkers. Ben, go home and cry some more over losing Zooey, you whiny bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:26 PM

brooklyn is mets territory.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:29 PM

>Sometimes, you just need to say
>something "taboo" in an
>attention-whoring "yeah, I said it"
>kind of way in order to
>overcompensate for the fact that
>you're insignificant to anything
>you come in contact with.

Except that half of New York has to live and work with the douchebag Yankee fans he is talking about, and wholeheartedly agrees with him.

Posted by 3D | May 24, 2012 12:29 PM

shut the fuck up ben

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:31 PM

This statement is the only thing I've ever liked from Ben Gibbard.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:35 PM

He's right about the new Yankee Stadium, no character whatsoever. The Mets are a fucking joke, but Citi Field is much nicer and a huge improvement on the big purple toilet bowl that was Shea.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:44 PM

Who cares about his opinion? It's not like he's the drummer for the Black Keys.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:45 PM

Both New York baseball stadiums are in the bottom 5 in the majors. We should be embarrassed.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:46 PM

Who is Ben Gibbard? I wonder if he had even been to the old Yankee stadium. I loved it but it was falling apart and that cigar smell never did go away even when they stopped letting people smoke at games. I wanted so bad to hate the new stadium but, in all honesty, its pretty nice and comfortable. I don't feel like its overdone, just very convenient so you don't miss out on much baseball - unless you are there for the wrong reasons, in which case you suck anyway.

What's sort of funny is that PNC and all other places have corporate names and I feel like the new Shea, ahem Citifield, is even more mall-esque than Yankee stadium.

I don't know why we are talking about what this dude said about baseball stadiums, especially, when I don't even know any Ben Gibbard songs. Ben, just try to have a good time, baseball stadiums are all uniquely awesome b/c they are all so different, not like heartless football stadiums.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:48 PM

@12:44pm - hey, i miss that big purple toilet bowl - near and dear to me as i saw The Beatles there in '65 - yes, old people post here too (those with great taste in music, that is) :-P

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:51 PM

dude peaked on that postal service album way back.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:55 PM

PNC Park is pretty great. Yankees Stadium does kind of suck.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 12:57 PM

hows your wife? oh wait.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 1:18 PM

lol crap calling other crap, crap. META.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 1:24 PM

Postal Service was cool, everything else, not so much.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:27 PM

I heard he was trying to bang Ted Leo.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:28 PM

long island is nice, whats he talking about?

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:35 PM

Citi > New Yankee

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:36 PM

Fuck the Yankee Stadium, fuck the Yankees and fuck Yankees fans. He said nothing about New York or New Yorkers you tools.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:44 PM

He's 100% correct about Yankee Stadium. CitiField is really nice though.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 2:54 PM

Citi Field is nice, too bad it houses such a joke of a team.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:04 PM

Mets record is better than the Yanks right now.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:10 PM

Yankees fans suck worse than death cab.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:57 PM

PNC Park.

Just stop right there.

A ballpark with a bank's name in it vs. a ballpark with the team's name in it.

Yankee Stadium wins.

'This dudebitch sore his band isn't big enough to headline Yankee Stadium?

Or did they play it as support to a band they'll never be as big as or bigger than to play Yankee Stadium?

All you fuc king morons who say Yankee Stadium is this or that:

Yeah, it's plain and simple looking, like all the ballparks were in the early days before they began to look like hangars (cough Seattle cough.) Good.

BTW LOL @ PNC Park's Planter's peanut butter crunch walls.

Posted by D | May 24, 2012 4:06 PM

4:06- The name of the ballpark has noting to do with how nice a park is. And for teams besides the Yankees, stadium name rights bring in much needed revenue. Almost all other stadiums have corporate names- even Wrigley. In fact, Yankee Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards are the only parks with team names in them. That said, Camden is a great park.
And he's right about PNC. That park is just f-ing gorgeous.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:46 PM

Camden Yards rocks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 7:38 PM

Wait, hold on, everyone forgot one thing, Baseball sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 8:08 PM

Kudos to 8:08. The only thing that sucks worse are baseball fans.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 8:42 PM

Yankee fans are ignorant morons.

D, go suck Phil Rizzuto's dead dick.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 9:35 PM

Ben Gibbard takes baseball bats up the ass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 1:19 AM

When does Postal Service play Shea Stadium?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 7:45 AM

"The only thing that sucks worse are baseball fans."


Because trendy indie flavor-of-the-month "rock" band fans are SO much better, right?

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 9:48 AM

Just when we thought this pathetic "band" couldn't get any dumber!

Posted by Tommy | May 25, 2012 10:40 AM

4:46pm PNC Park has Planter's peanut crunch bar walls thus looks like shit.

The name of the ballpark has everything to do with how nice a park is in the sense that if it's a soulless piece of shit name like PNC Park many will be repulsed by it because it smacks of corporate slickness.

Stadium rights bring in soullessness to the game. The Boston Red Sox play in a ballpark holding less than 40,000 people yet still call their ballpark "Fenway Park" after The Fens, so your arugment doesn't wash.

FYI the Yanks pay the highest luxury tax which is distributed to the small market teams like Pittsburgh and Kansas City, so give it a rest with the big, bad Yankees jive with the jab that they don't need naming rights revenue. If they were so big business, they'd have offered naming rights long ago. You do know the Yanks play in a metroplitan area of 20 million plus people, draw a fifth or so of that a year, were a storied franchise long before the "Yanks buy championships" nonsense began, have their own cable network, and have countless fans from all over, right?

Posted by D | May 30, 2012 12:18 AM

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