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Dead Can Dance played Beacon Theater (night 2 pics)

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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