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Daniel Johnston & Spanish Prisoners @ Highline Ballroom

photos by Ryan Muir

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

NYC band Spanish Prisoners opened the show at Highline Ballroom, AND played some songs as Daniel’s backing band. I was curious to know how that all came about, so I asked Spanish Prisoner frontman Leo Maymind about it before the show. He said….

I’ve always been a big fan of Daniel’s music- it has a very innocent quality to it that attracted me to it. I saw that he was coming to New York and I got in touch with the venue, and we arranged the show so that my band, Spanish Prisoners, could open and back Daniel up for his set as well. This is something he’s done in the past with previous tours, so it just worked out really well.

…we’re only backing Daniel at this one show (as of now). We’re going to be doing 5 or 6 songs with him, and he may be doing some solo, and some with his own guitarist.

I actually chose the songs we’re doing with him from a list of possible songs. We rehearsed them on our own and are going over them with Daniel quickly at soundcheck. It’s definitely an off-the-cuff sort of thing, so it’ll be interesting and loose.

More photos from the show below….

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston @ Highline Ballroom

Daniel Johnston – 2008 Tour Dates
Apr 3 – TBA Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 5 – TBA Denver, CO
Apr 17 – TBA Portland, OR, MN
Apr 18 – TBA Seattle, WA
Apr 19 – TBA Vancouver, BC

Spanish Prisoners – 2008 Tour Dates
Mar 3 – Knitting Factory with Saturday Looks Good to Me Manhattan, New York
Mar 6 – Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 7 – Bella Dubby Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 8 – Skully’s Columbus, Ohio
Apr 5 – Union Hall- release party at Luna Lounge with the Lisps and Salt and Samovar Brooklyn, New York
Apr 10 – Chronic Town, supporting John Vanderslice State College, Pennsylvania
Apr 11 – The Andy Warhol Museum, supporting John Vanderslice Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Apr 13 – Skullys, supporting John Vanderslice Columbus, Ohio
Apr 17 – Daytrotter Session! Rock Island, Illinois
Apr 19 – Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, Ohio

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