Posted in music | pictures on August 31, 2012

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Lisa Gerrard of DCD at Beacon Theatre, 8/30/2012
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Lisa Gerrard would not be swayed when Dead Can Dance played the Beacon Theater on Wednesday night. Fans shouted her name between songs; she replied only with a serene smile. When she sang, the lyrics were in her own invented language. Dressed in a long black dress and a golden cape, standing before a hammered dulcimer, she was an emanation from earlier times, even though she was flanked by synthesizers....

Dead Can Dance's performance was a string of dirges and incantations. The band largely ignored the more up-tempo parts of its repertory, instead seeking the meditative and otherworldly. And when Ms. Gerrard was singing, that's what it achieved. Her keening, hovering voice can summon the tragic dignity of Baroque opera, the bite and swoop of Balkan music, the calm fatalism of Celtic ballads and the devotionality of plainsong. It was pure, wordless, rapturous sound. -[NYTimes]

Dead Can Dance completed their round of NYC shows with a second date at Beacon Theater last night (8/30). Much like last night (8/29, pictures), the evening started promptly at 8 (who I missed) with percussionist David Kuckhermann. Dead Can Dance hit the stage around 8:45, closing the evening out near 11 after no less than three encores. The shows, part of a reunion tour that saw the band take to the stages for the first time since 2005, were in celebration of DCD's new LP Anastasis, the focus of the evening.

More pics from Beacon Theatre are below.

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Comments (11)

a wonderful night of music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 12:04 PM

good pics!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 12:17 PM

Set list?

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 1:20 PM

same as the night before.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 1:34 PM

they sat around for quite a while,
exchanged nervous glances and even a smile,
she looked at him longing for a kiss,
the clock struck 10 and he said fuck this,
baby there aint time for romance,
and he fucked her ragged to dead can dance

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 1:42 PM

dat dude looks lyk robin williams

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 3:16 PM

wow! even with a good camera, PHOTOS SUCK! please bring a professional next time.

Posted by thedude | September 1, 2012 10:59 AM

"wow! even with a good camera, PHOTOS SUCK! please bring a professional next time."

Great insight. You write for the Times?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2012 12:14 PM

@10.59 what can you expect?? DCD are not an exciting band visually / live they just stand there... your so-called request for a "professional" would end up with a similar presentation.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2012 9:19 AM

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing! Glad too that you got the Beacon's interior. It's the perfect place for a band like Dead Can Dance.

Posted by Joe | September 11, 2012 3:37 PM

I love the girl's haircut in the first picture.

Posted by jordon | July 23, 2013 12:27 PM

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