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Elbow & John Grant played Webster Hall (pics, setlists, video)

photos by P Squared Photography

Elbow / John Grant @ Webster Hall, 5/16/2014
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The band sounded solid without overwhelming the space, and Garvey’s emotionally earnest vocals commanded our attention even when chatting between songs, usually with a very British “Cheers!” He reminded the crowd that the new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything which is number six since 2001, was filled with new tunes written in our “fair city”of New York. Older songs such as “The Bones of You” and “Grounds for Divorce” from The Seldom Seen Kid (2008), along with “The Night Will Always Win” and “The Birds” from Build a Rocket Boys (2011), anchored the new ones nicely, for example “New York Morning” and “My Sad Captains.” As I eagerly anticipated hearing my favorite Elbow song live, it turned out that was saved for the very end of the evening. With grand gestures to usher everyone in a sing along, fans were treated to a fitting finale for an amazing night which will never be replicated – [New Music Matters]

With a new album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, out now, veteran band and genuinely nice guys Elbow hit NYC (where much of the new album was written) on Friday (5/16) for a sold-out show at Webster Hall, part of the their current tour. Setlist — which mixed new and old — and pictures from their performance are in this post. Not on the setlist: the marriage proposal that happened in the front row right in the middle of the band doing “Mirrorball.” Video of that song (and the proposal) below as well.

Looking for than a little like Elbow frontman Guy Garvey’s brother, John Grant opened the evening, cherry picking some of his best songs — including show-stoppers “Sigourney Weaver” and “GMF” — for a short, six-song set with minimal backing. Not that he needs much. Pics and setlist from his set are in this post too.

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SETLIST: John Grant @ Webster Hall 5/16/2014
You Don’t Have To
Paint the Moon (The Czars)
Sigourney Weaver
Where Dreams Go to Die
GMF
Glacier

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Elbow – “Mirrorball” live at Webster Hall, NYC 2014-05-16

SETLIST: 5/16/2014
Charge
The Bones of You
New York Morning
Real Life (Angel)
The Night Will Always Win
Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
Great Expectations
Scattered Black and Whites
Mirrorball
The Birds
Grounds for Divorce
My Sad Captains

Encore:
Lippy Kids
One Day Like This

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