Posted in music | pictures on May 9, 2012

photos by Chris La Putt

Florence and the Machine

"Radio City Music Hall is a "posh venue," Florence Welch noted onstage on Tuesday night in New York. But that doesn't mean you can't straddle your date's neck to get a better view of it.

"If you're with a lady and you like her or you love her, we'd like her to get on your shoulders," Welch told the audience gathered there, a smile fighting its way across her face. One by one in the stately concert hall, women climbed onto their male companions' necks, festival style, and started waving their arms as Welch and her band launched into "Rabbit Heart."

The acrobatics were all to get a better glimpse of Florence Welch, better known as Florence + the Machine, who brought her catalog of romantic pop dirges to a sold-out show at Radio City. "Whenever I come to New York, I never seem to get any sleep!" she bemoaned to the crowd, which included Katy Perry and Nick Lachey, later." [Spinner]

Blood Orange opened the NYC show last night (5/8). Pictures and the setlist (of the headliner only) are in this post.

With Radio City out of the way, Florence now has her sights set on even larger NYC-area venues, much larger ones (well, actually she plays CT on Friday and Atlantic City on Monday, but...). Tickets for the Jones Beach show are on pre-sale now. All tour dates HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Radio City, below...

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Florence + the Machine @ Radio City Music Hall - May 8, 2012 setlist
Only If for a Night
What the Water Gave Me
Cosmic Love
All This and Heaven Too
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Spectrum
Heartlines
Leave My Body
Lover to Lover
Shake It Out
Dog Days Are Over

Encore:
Never Let Me Go
No Light, No Light
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Comments (39)

13 songs!? What is this Phish?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 1:51 PM

No photos of Devonte? Not even one?

Posted by anonymouse | May 9, 2012 1:52 PM

I'd probably throw it to her.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 1:54 PM

Posh, over-entitled primadonna.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | May 9, 2012 1:54 PM

Where the hell did all that wind come in Radio City?

Posted by really? | May 9, 2012 2:02 PM

@ 2:02 - all the hot air from the music industry folk in the front rows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:03 PM

Tori Amos did this better in the 90's...

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:06 PM

But what is she without the flowing gowns and industrial-powered fans?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:10 PM

Springsteen used to do 13 song ENCORES!! wtf? :>

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:13 PM

a man asks a woman in the elevator
can i smell your pussy?

appalled she retorts NO YOU MAY NOT!!

-must be your feet

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:15 PM

whole place was into it - a lot of fun, everyone was smiling the whole time, nobody was sitting

kind of a short set

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:16 PM

@1:52 - no one was allowed to shoot Blood Orange

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:17 PM

did she still like to wail?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:18 PM

Fine, you only have 2 proper albums. Throw in some covers or something. A 90 min set at Radio City is just wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:27 PM

would tap that so hard

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:30 PM

The set lists of many of this current wave of "superstar" performers are just pitiful. Lazy, one might say.

It's fucking Radio City Music Hall...can you muster maybe 20 tunes? Don't let the Beach Boys blow you outtta the water with 40 tunes....they're all nearly 70. Just crazy. Maybe try standing still for a bit and muster up some energy to sing a few tunes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:40 PM

What were these tickets like 90$? 13 songs i'm glad I got sold out.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:42 PM

$7 a song...expensive jukebox!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 2:54 PM

laughing pretty hard at those flowy gown pics.

also love how you spend a large portion of your review describing this one moment at the concert where women around the venue got on their man's shoulders, yet there is no picture.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:06 PM

i wonder what celebs have hit it and quit it.

she's fine for sure. but she's also a 24 year old that looks 45. plus she probably gets all artsy the morning after, to the point where jude law is all like 'what was i drinking last night.' know what i mean?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:07 PM

I'm just really stuck on the wind in Radio City. I know it's all about the vibe and whatever but the only place that is appropriate in rock for the wind to blow is in the November Rain Video when Slash takes his solo outside of the church....enough said.

Posted by Really? | May 9, 2012 3:09 PM

You guys do realize that there isn't a single picture that decisively proves there was wind blowing on stage last night, right? To me, it just looks like she was swooshing around those big sleeves and shaking it out and all that noise. Sans wind machine.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:14 PM

It called motion guys. All she has to do is whip around a little bit and her dress flows like it's windy. Holy shit the commenters here are dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 3:34 PM

WHO?

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:12 PM

The wind obviously came from someone farting in the pit.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:15 PM

^ best of the BV memes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 4:54 PM

Agree with 2:40. It's Radio City Music Hall...step your game up, bands. Take a page from Springsteen, stop half-assing your big, expensive shows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 5:22 PM

phish will never be as big as FATM. phish does not even make their bandmembers wear FATM jackets

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 6:17 PM

Band was tight. I was surprised by what a natural frontwoman/entertainer she is live. Very engaging without losing momentum. There was wind. Gown and hair blowing all over even when standing still. Crowd was good for New York.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 6:53 PM

"crowd was good for new york"....wow, sorry, that must have still really sucked

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2012 7:06 PM

Florence and the Hendersons.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 12:36 AM

Of course Katy Perry was there. She is fucking the guitarist.

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 12:38 AM

Good show, it had to be longer but still decent enough

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 8:08 AM

Florence and the Wind Machine

Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2012 8:22 AM

This shit is way over rated dog shit. Tori Amos sucked the first time around. Who has time for this music. Boring...

Posted by Wind MAchine | May 11, 2012 12:03 AM

@2:17 Really? Blood Orange wouldn't permit photos?

Posted by anonymouse | May 11, 2012 5:24 PM

Can Everyone here quit bitching? The wind came from the fan that was put on stage it was put there purposely. Yeah she played 13 songs the same songs she played at CT 2 days after this. She played her most famous songs you retards. Its a shame people have no respect for an artist. Your also paying 90 bucks for the venue not techincally seeing the artist her self. That's what you people get for seeing a concert in the biggest city in the world. Expensive ass seats

Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2012 2:29 AM

So this is what people do? Complain and bitch about something they probably don't understand? Florence is known to perform more at festivals where she goes all out. There could be a lot of factors into a 13-song setlist: Overworking her vocals (which are damn powerful, if you haven't noticed), other commitments in her schedule (she attended several high-profile NYC events around the concert), etc.

She's insanely talented, writing most of her music and being very involved creatively - not to mention her vocals. I wouldn't hold it against her if she didn't enjoy the audience because it was lame. It seemed as if nobody was into the show. She even had to encourage the people in the front to stand up after her first song. Perhaps, as she rightly pointed out, it was the setting of a posh venue that people don't feel at liberty to enjoy the music as much as they do in festivals. Perhaps her orchestra setlist wouldn't been more appropriate to this venue.

This was my second time seeing her, the first was at a festival, and I would gladly see her again.

Posted by Eduardo | May 29, 2012 11:07 PM

I was going to go tonight to Jones Beach but still looks like she's only doing 13 song sets.

That's just lazy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2012 2:28 PM

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