photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Grace Jones @ Roseland Ballroom - Oct 27, 2012
Grace Jones, who was last played NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2009, headlined a pre-Halloween/Hurricane show back in NYC at the similar Roseland Ballroom on 10/27. Presented by Red Bull Academy, the show was conceptualized by "British Couturier" Philip Treacy, and 64 year old Grace wore costumes by designers Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen, as she played a mix of classics and covers.
Jones stayed in a black corset with thong, fishnets and heels the entire evening and spent the night accenting this with her various changes offstage, though she never made clear which designer she was wearing (most of the hats probably were Treacy, and one or two of the more unusual pieces probably Gaultier). Her fans dressed up, too: Holding the concert on the Saturday before Halloween only sealed the deal as the room looked like it was packed with extras from Party Monster and Paris Is Burning.Full setlist and more pictures from part of the show, below...
Fronting a six-piece band and two backup singers, Jones took the stage in near darkness and opened with "Nightclubbing." The woman is in phenomenal shape and appears downright ageless. As she stood on a riser above the stage in an outfit that lit up, her sultry take on the David Bowie/Iggy Pop song set the mood for the evening as she sang, "Oh, isn't it wild?" [Hollywood Reporter]
setlist: Grace Jones @ Roseland Ballroom
This Is Life
My Jamaican Guy
Private Life (Pretenders cover)
I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)
La Vie en rose (Édith Piaf cover)
Well Well Well
Love Is the Drug (Roxy Music cover)
Pull Up to the Bumper
Slave to the Rhythm