Entries tagged with: Beacon Theater
photo: Jason Isbell at Prospect Park in July (more by David Andrako)
Alt-country singer Jason Isbell will continue to support his fifth solo album Something More Than Free on a winter 2016 tour with support from Shovels & Rope.
The tour kicks off with two nights in Austin, and eventually hits NYC on February 25 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/25) at 11 AM with a Spotify presale starting Wednesday (9/23) at 11 AM and Chase/AmEx/local presales starting Thursday (9/24) at 11 AM.
Jason also made a new video with behind the scenes footage of the making of the title track of his new album. Watch that, with his list of tour dates, below...
My Morning Jacket recently announced tour dates, including two NYC shows at Beacon Theatre: 11/24 with Woods and 11/25 with Strand of Oaks. The first is sold out and the second is close (tix), but the band now added two more shows at that same venue with different openers. They'll now also hit Beacon Theatre on November 27 with Cass McCombs and November 28 with The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/24) at noon, but first there's an MMJ Roll Call Members presale starting Tuesday (7/21) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Craig Finn (who has a new solo album on the way), perhaps you've seen his face on one of the many Seamless ads around Brooklyn, like the one pictured above.
Updated MMJ dates below...
Photos by Greg Cristman
Billy Idol & Steve Stevens
Billy Idol brought his current tour to NYC for a sold out show at Beacon Theater last week, and to NJ for another sold out show at Wellmont Theather the very next day. I was at the Beacon, but the pictures here are from Wellmont.
Though some of the songs are slightly slowed down, Billy's 17 song set is full of crowd pleasers with very few dull moments, thanks in part to original guitarist Steve Stevens belting out flashy solos by Billy's side. Also not dull: when some women in the front row reached up and touched Billy's privatest of parts, in clear view of everyone in the audience at Beacon Theater during "Cradle of Love" (it was a bit awkward).
Sometimes shirtless (which was not awkward at all), the 59 year old Idol ripped through favorites like "Cradle of Love", "Dancing With Myself", "Flesh for Fantasy", "Eyes Without a Face", "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding". There were Generation X songs written in the 70s, and cuts from his October 2014 album Kings & Queens of the Underground. He also still does his Doors cover. I was hoping he didn't actually still play his 1981 Top 40 hit "Mony Mony" (a Tommy James and the Shondells cover), but he actually closed the encore with it. Maybe he feels like he has to play it, but it seemed like an unnecessary extended ending to an otherwise great show (do we really even need to hear anything else after "Rebel Yell" into "White Wedding"?). The full setlist can be perused below.
Oklahoma indie rock band Broncho somehow landed the opening spot on the ongoing tour, which was convenient because I was hoping to catch them live one of these days. They sounded good, but I got in a bit late and it was weird seeing them in a theater. They since played a rescheduled-due-to-Juno club show at Rough Trade NYC (how was that?), and have been added to all four Growlers shows at Baby's All Right, part of a bigger tour with the Growlers.
Updated tour dates are listed with the rest of the pictures from NJ (t-shirts included), below...
The new 'Annie' movie hits theater on 12/19 full of reimagined details including a puketastic version of Annie classic "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" by Sia. It's one of three tracks Sia has on the soundtrack, which is out 11/17. Another is a still-unreleased collaboration with Beck called "Moonquake Lake".
"Moonquake Lake" was also the not-so-secret fake name of the movie they used on signs while filming last year at the Beacon Theater, in the East Village, in Little Italy, in Hell's Kitchen and probably other places.
The full movie soundtrack track listing is below...
Bob Dylan has an upcoming tour which is already set to hit NYC for four nights at Beacon Theatre (Nov. 28 - Dec 2). Those have all sold out, but now Dylan's added a fifth show happening on December 3 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added show go on sale Friday (10/10) at 10 AM. Updated dates are listed below.
In related news, Bill Murray sings along to Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm" in his upcoming film St. Vincent (not to be confused with Annie Clark), and a video of that can be watched, with the list of dates, below...
Bob Dylan will be hitting the road again this year for a tour which culminates in NYC with a four-night run at Beacon Theatre from November 28 to December 2. These should be special shows for Bob Dylan, who often plays larger venues like Jones Beach and Barclays Center. Right before the Beacon run, Dylan also plays another show nearby NYC on November 26 at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Tickets for NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday, September 5 at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Bob Dylan will also now complete his ongoing Basement Tapes series with the release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 on November 4 via Columbia/Legacy:
The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.Tracklists below.
The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.
Today (August 28) also happens to be the 50th anniversary of the day Bob Dylan met The Beatles and introduced them to marijuana. Dylan's next album had a full-band electric side, and The Beatles' next one had a folk song ("I'm A Loser").
All Bob Dylan tour dates are listed, with the Basement Tapes tracklists, below...
Tame Impala at Big Day Out 2014 (more by Chris Graham)
Tame Impala, who recently placed very high on Pitchfork's list of the top 200 tracks of 2010-2014, have announced a short international tour to go down this November. The tour hits NYC at The Beacon Theatre on November 9. They'll be joined by New Jersey's Delicate Steve on all US dates. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx and Chase presale on Wednesday (8/20) at 11 AM and go on sale to the general public Friday (8/22) at noon.
All Tame Impala dates are listed below...
Spend Samhain with Samhain and then cleanse your soul two days later when His Holiness himself The Dalai Lama will take over the Beacon Theater for two days (not everyone can be the Allman Brothers). The event description reads:
Tibet House US, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve and present the endangered Tibetan culture, will host a two-day teaching by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama during his visit to New York City on November 3 and 4, 2014. Tickets range from $70-$330. The discourse will take place at the Beacon Theatre over two sessions each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The teaching is on Profound Wisdom and Vast Compassion: Lama Tsong Khapa's Essence of True Eloquence.Get em before they're gone.
Earlier this year, Gregg Allman said in a Relix interview that The Allman Brothers Band would stop touring by the end of 2014. The band have now announced what will be their final shows, including their previously discussed set at Mountain Jam this month (6/8) and their last-ever Beacon Theatre run (Oct. 21, 22, 24, 25, 27 & 28). The first four are makeup dates for the March shows that they had to postpone due to Gregg's bronchitis. Tickets for those shows are not on sale yet, but will be soon via Ticketmaster.
All of the band's final dates, including their own Peach Festival in Pennsylvania, are listed, with a video of their entire set at the 2010 Peach Festival, below...
Paul Simon at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Songwriting legend Paul Simon was recently paid tribute to at Carnegie Hall and not long before that played 2 MSG shows w/ Sting. We didn't make it to the actual Carnegie Hall event, but we have pictures from the rehearsal the night before with Bob Mould, John Doe, Josh Ritter and more. The Wall Street Journal was at Carngie Hall though and writes:
After a slow start, perhaps attributable to a string of songs from Simon's early, more somber days, the concert found its footing in a stretch kicked off by Bob Forrest of Thelonious Monster and Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers with, of all things, a Ramones-like reading of "Motorcycle," a song Simon wrote in 1962 for Tico and the Triumphs. ("We be the troubled waters under the bridge," Haynes joked.) Isobel Campbell and Vetiver's Andy Cabic's cheery reading of "Born at the Right Time," and "Think Too Much" by TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Antibalas's Amayo tapped into Simon's compositional joy, and Brent Dennen's tender "Something So Right" and Dan Wilson's wonderful "Only Living Boy in New York" exposed his thoughtful side.More at the WSJ and at Rolling Stone. Paul also has a few more events coming up this year, including two in NYC, and one not far from here.
First, he'll be back at Carnegie Hall on April 17 performing as part of the 25th Anniversary of the Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert. This one includes his pal Sting too, plus James Taylor, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick, Kevin Spacey, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band), Chris Botti, Renée Fleming and more. Tickets ($150 - $600) are on sale now.
A few weeks later, Paul joins Linda and Arthur Carter for NYU's 2014 Vision Awards Gala taking place on May 7 at Beacon Theatre. The award "recognizes individuals whose creativity, passion, and innovative thinking have shaped the American experience." Tickets ($200 - $50,000) are on sale now. More info here.
And it's a bit upstate from NYC, but on August 2 Paul plays the Cooperstown Concert in celebration of The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary. Also at that show will be former Yankee Bernie Williams (who is also a jazz guitarist) and others. Tickets are on sale and more info is here for what could be a good weekend away if you're into Paul Simon and you or someone you know is a baseball fan.
Watch a video of Paul playing "Sound of Silence" from his BV-presented Webster Hall show in 2011, below...
Rodrigo y Gabriela at Day of the Dead Fest 2012 (more by Rachel Carr)
Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are set to release their new album, 9 Dead Alive, on April 28, which you can preview in the album trailer below. Right after its release, the band will kick off a US tour that begins in NYC on May 1 and 2 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, February 7 at 11 AM with a fan club presale starting Wednesday (1/29) (password: "rodgab"). All dates are listed below.
Beth Orton at LPR in July (more by Robert Altman)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that WFUV would be doing their Holiday Cheer benefit at Beacon Theatre, which happens TONIGHT (12/10) with Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe. As if that wasn't already a fantastic lineup of folk/singer-songwriter type stuff, since we last spoke, more great atists were added, including Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season, Once), Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, and Amos Lee. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but ticketmaster is saying "not many left."
UK singer Beth Orton will also bring her folktronica back to NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on February 14 in The Allen Room. Tickets for that show are still available. All Beth Orton dates are listed below...
Back in June, we posted the unfortunate news that Sharon Jones was diagnosed with cancer and had to postpone her album and tour. She since underwent a successful surgery, and it's now been announced that her new album, Give the People What They Want, is finally set to drop on January 14. What's more, she's also announced that she'll return to the stage with a hometown show on February 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for the show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates. Happy to see you're doing well, Sharon!
Sharon just released the video for the new album's single, "Retreat!," which you can watch below...
photos by Greg Cristman; words by Andrew Frisicano
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre 10/1/2013
Around 8pm Thursday night, two guys in red fezzes were finishing their cigarettes, about to head into the third of Steely Dan's seven nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre. Of course, they knew that the band's 1976 album, The Royal Scam, would be played front-to-back, and closing side one would be a mid-tempo funk jam named after the felt hats. Like many Steely Dan tunes, it's a song about sex (condoms and safe-sex in this case) shrouded in various metaphors, riddles and creative turns-of-phrase and has plenty to unpack lyrically, a worthy match for their knotty, chord-jumping, studio-polished arrangements.
After a short opening set by the Deep Blue Organ Trio, a backup singer dropped the needle on an onstage turntable to kick things off. The platter was just a prop, but at times it did seem like an LP could've been playing from the stage. The band's co-leaders--keyboardist-singer Donald Fagan and guitarist Walter Becker--steered a band of 11-members (including four horns and three singers) through the relatively-guitar-forward album. According to Fagan, the hometown gig was the fiftieth of their tour and indeed the group played like a road-honed unit.
The show wasn't strictly an exercise in fidelity: the aforementioned "Fez" got a total overhaul, with backup singers taking the vocals while Fagan and Becker took a break off-stage. Other changes were obvious too: drummer Keith Carlock, a forceful presence all night, bolstered the ending of "Kid Charlemagne" with an energetic fill (the recorded version fades out). Guitarist Jon Herington, who shared lead duties with Walter Becker, played with a crisp, overdriven sound, crunching melodies on songs like "Don't Take Me Alive" and dive-bombing into fret-hopping runs on others. Becker mainly stuck to a twangy Strat tone, playing leads that were exploratory and slightly more left-field (well within his rights as 1/2 of the core duo). Solos stretched out and still the album flew by.
For the second set, the band ventured into classics from various albums: Aja's title track and "Peg," Countdown to Ecstasy's "Bodhisattva," "Your Gold Teeth," "Show Biz Kids" (famously sampled by Super Furry Animals) and "My Old School" and Gaucho's "Time Out of Mind" and "Hey Nineteen" were among the "selected hits." During the latter song, Becker delivered a story about digging up some old pot, smoking it, then venturing out to a bar for some of his favorite restorative tonic, Cuervo Gold. The several times he took the mic the guitarist was conversational, weird and hilarious, playing off Fagan's laid-back straight-man.
Even for a non-diehard like myself (no prop hats here), I felt like the band could've kept playing beyond their two-hour-plus set without losing momentum (absent hits include "Deacon Blues," "Black Cow," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number"). It's a testament to both the depth of their catalog and how well they do it live.
Photos in this post are from Tuesday's show (10/1) which was "Greatest Hits Night." Tonight's Beacon Theatre show features Gaucho in full and tickets are still available, as they are for the remainder of their shows: Saturday (10/5) is "Audience Request Night," Monday (10/7) is "Aja Night" and Tuesday (10/8) is another "Greatest Hits Night." Setlists from Tuesday and Thursday's show, along with more photos from Tuesday, below.
Nas and Rick Ross
Legendary Queens rapper Nas has been making some live appearances this year like Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and Citi Field, and now he's got what appears to be a one-off happening on November 1 at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Tickets for this rap show in a casino go on sale Friday (9/20) at 9 AM, and are currently on presale.
Another rapper playing that venue is Rick Ross (who also played Gramercy last night [9/17]) on November 16 (tix go on AEG presale Thursday [9/19] at 10 AM). It's part of his tour which also includes a NYC happening at another slightly unconventional venue for hip hop, Beacon Theatre on November 15. This isn't the first rap show to happen at Beacon Theatre but it's nevertheless a left turn from Beacon's usual bookings. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at 11 AM and Internet/VIP Experience presales begin Thursday (9/19) at 11 AM (password: "HUSTLIN"). All tour dates are listed below.
All Rick Ross dates are listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre - 7/18/13
Behind all the shock rock makeup and theatrics, Alice Cooper has some undeniable rock classics like "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "I'm Eighteen," "Billion Dollar Babies," "Hey Stoopid," "Feed My Frankenstein," and of course "School's Out" (to name a few), all of which were heard at his hits-filled set at Beacon Theatre last night (7/18). Alice and co. also took a portion of the set for some of the covers they've been known to play, including The Doors' "Break On Through," The Beatles' "Revolution," Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady," and The Who's "My Generation."
Pictures of the elaborate makeup, costume, and boa constrictor filled stage show continue below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers kicked off their 5-night run at the Beacon Theatre last Monday. They wrapped up on Sunday (5/26). We posted pictures and the setlist of night 1, and pictures of night 2 (5/21) are in this post along with setlists from every night
The setlists have been similar each night, with all five shows kicking off with a cover of The Byrds' "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" and including many of Petty's big hits like "Refugee," "Runnin' Down a Dream," "American Girl," and so on. He's also been doing a few other covers each night, including the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil," which you can watch a video of below.
The full setlists for nights 2 through 5, along with more pictures and videos of night 2, below...
As mentioned, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will release their new album, Push the Sky Away, on February 19 via Bad Seed Ltd. They just revealed the first single off the album, "We No Who U R," and you can stream it below via Rolling Stone.
The band have announced that they'll support the album with a tour with Sharon Van Etten which hits NYC on March 28 and 29 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for most of the dates go on sale Thursday (12/6) at 10 AM local time but check ticketmaster for exact details on tickets for the Beacon Theatre shows.
A list of all dates and that song stream, below.
Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and more were scheduled to play this show at Beacon Theater on Tuesday (10/30):
The "Freedom To Love Now!" concert has been postponed due to pending weather conditions. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support this concert, Freedom To Marry, and the fight for the equality for all Americans. With all the goodwill, momentum, and awareness this concert has generated, we are rebuilding the show on a future date, likely in the Spring.Meanwhile, everything today/Monday is cancelled too. Listen to Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing "Baby It's Cold Outside".
You may hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. We will notify you with updated details of the new show very soon. Alternatively you may request a refund through TicketMaster at this time.
The battle for marriage equality in the US will be far from over even after this election. And, we hope you'll join us in the future as we continue the fight for social justice with the beauty of music. Our beneficiary organization Freedom to Marry is doing everything possible to support the ballot campaigns in the four states in the last week before the election. You can help by making calls for Mainers United for Marriage and Washington United for Marriage without ever even leaving your couch. Just sign up, and an organizer in Maine or Washington will help get you started. Sign up at these links:
Additionally we will keep you posted on "Freedom To Love Now!" developments and other projects at www.freedomtolovenow.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreedomToLoveNow
Thank you. And be safe.
Simon Rentner, Brice Rosenbloom, Thomas Bartlett, and the entire "Freedom To Love Now!" Team.
In related news, They Might Be Giants are playing a few New Year's Eve shows in Brooklyn (if we make it through this hurricane).
words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Beacon Theater 9/25/2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
NY, Philly, Bethesda, on to Nashville
Most of the band live in NY so it's great to come back and spend nearly a week on home turf. The Beacon Theatre is an ideal place for the show, partially because of the large number of balcony seats. The audience in the balcony is able to see the choreography more fully than one would in the first few rows. One song in which this is particularly rewarding is The Forest Awakes. The idea is to move freely, lining yourself up with someone or something on the stage. Therefore the movements in this piece are improvised in a completely different way every night. Another unique aspect of the show is the massive amount of samples, programmed primarily by Daniel Mintseris and triggered and played by him and drummer Brian Wolfe. The brass provide the backbone of the band, but the samples give the songs an electronic edge that take the sound firmly out of "brass band" territory.
Williamsburg Park, 2/29/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Williamsburg Park is our biggest show of the tour, and turns out to be our best response yet. In my experience NY crowds are among the iciest around, but this one brings the energy. Maybe it's that everyone is standing the whole time or maybe it's the cheaper ticket price bringing out more youngsters. Regardless we all have a great time, and depart NYC with a little sadness.
Our next show is in Bethesda, MD, a suburb of DC, at a large arts center. We arrive early so I make a few phone calls outside, where there are four large black SUVs in a row. I tend to pace around nervously while on the phone, and I can tell that some of the drivers of the caravan are paying attention to me. A few moments later the front door opens and a little girl walks out surrounded by two buff dudes with earpieces. It's one of the Obama daughters. The secret service escort her into the backseat of one of the vehicles and the caravan peels out. It seems like a lot of trouble for a ten-year old's ballet class. A little later we have the best laugh of the tour yet when Bryan tells us his workout routine. Having attempted running outdoors ("I tried running around Prospect Park, but that sucked!"), he now heads down to his basement and runs in place while watching The West Wing for 45 minutes. Whatever works...
Nashville next. See you soon,
David Byrne and St. Vincent play Atlanta, GA tonight (10/3) at the Cobb Energy Center. The rest of their tour dates are here.
The photos you see above are from other recent BrooklynVegan posts. An original set that accompanies this post, by Bryan Murray, can be seen below
photos by Chris La Putt
St. Vincent/David Byrne @ Beacon Theater - 9/25/12
If you've been reading this site at all in the past week or so, you know that David Byrne & St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) recently kicked off their tour together in support of their collaborative album, Love This Giant. We've already posted pics of David and Annie at POP Montreal, where David also performed at the Pop vs Jock halftime show (the tour hit Chicago last week too), and surely you've been keeping up with Kelly Pratt's tour diary of his experiences on the road with David, Annie and co. That tour finally came to NYC last night (9/25) for the first of two Beacon Theater shows, and first of three NYC shows overall this week.
Their tour continues, hitting Beacon Theater again tonight (9/26) and Williamsburg Park on Sunday (9/29). Tickets for both of those shows are still available.
At Beacon, David and Annie were backed by their eight-piece horn section (Kelly Pratt included), and in addition to playing material off of Love This Giant, they spliced in songs from their respective solo careers, and included a few Talking Heads cuts as well. One of the Talking Heads songs they played was "Burning Down the House," which you can watch a video of from last night's show, along with more pictures from the show, below.
Lisa Gerrard of DCD at Beacon Theatre, 8/30/2012
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 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.
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]
More pics from Beacon Theatre are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Dead Can Dance at The Beacon Theatre, 8/29/2012
Dead Can Dance played the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday (8/29), their first of two nights at the NYC venue with percussionist David Kuckhermann opening the show. Their 19-song set featured the entirety of their gorgeous new album, Anastasis, with plenty of DCD classics as well, plus a cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" (which was most famously done by 4AD all-star group This Mortal Coil which DCD have collaborated with). Dead Can Dance play Beacon Theatre again tonight (8/30) and tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Setlist and more pictures from Wednesday night's show are below.
Crosby, Stills & Nash at Jones Beach in 2010 (photo by Buzz Person)
Clearly two shows in NYC aren't enough for Crosby, Stills & Nash, who have expanded their their previously announced Beacon Theater shows from two to four. Thought tickets are still available for both Beacon Theater dates on October 16th and October 17th, look for the band to play the same space on 10/19 and 10/20. Tickets go on sale on Friday (8/10) at 11AM.
All updated CSN dates are below, along with a couple CSN videos including a collaboration with David Gilmour on the Pink Floyd classic "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."
by Bill Pearis
Why would one pre-order a record? Is there a reason one would do that?My first thought on reading this email David Byrne sent out this morning was, "What are the three records you have on pre-order right now?" As he mentioned, you can pre-order Love This Giant in the physical or digital format of your choice now and get a free download of "Weekend in the Dust." You can also stream the first minute or so of that song at their website too. With that and the previously-released LP-opener, "Who," we're definitely starting to get a feel for what to expect from the album.
Well, one reason is because, like me, you might forget about a record that you're really, really looking forward to. That happens to me fairly often--so I'll either pre-order or put the record in a wish list so I don't forget to buy it. I have at least three records sitting in there right now!
The second reason is that we are offering one of the songs from the album, "Weekend In The Dust", as an advance download, if you pre-order the whole record. This song is not available for immediate download elsewhere--you will only have the opportunity to get the song two months before the record comes out if you pre-order through our site.
On "Weekend in the Dust", I came up with some brass riffs and swells that sounded pretty funky to me. I then sent those to Annie and she wrote a cool vocal melody over it (later she wrote words too). We both arranged her vocal and other elements of the track a bit further--still working with horn samples temporarily. Finally, we passed this one to baritone sax monster Lenny Pickett, ex Tower Of Power and current Borneo Horns and SNL bandleader, for arranging. I'd previously worked with Lenny on a Talking Heads track ("Blind") so I know he is really good at convoluted and funky--and that describes this track pretty well. We recorded the whole band playing it in the studio in Hoboken, which I arrived at one morning in March via bicycle and ferry. Nice!
UPDATE: 4AD's YouTube page has the stream of the full song. Check it out below.
As you may already know, David Byrne and St. Vincent have an upcoming tour together coming up, which includes three NYC shows: two at Beacon Theatre on September 25 and 26 and another at Williamsburg Park on September 29. Tickets to all three shows are still available. All David Byrne & St. Vincent tour dates are listed below.