Diamond Nights return for 2 shows, Cheeseburger playing w/ guest vocalists (Jon Glaser, Tim Harrington, more)
by Bill Pearis
Diamond Nights, who also play Coco 66 the night before (2/12), haven't played together since 2007. For a while it seemed like they were going to be the next big thing with their mix of Thin Lizzy and The Cars and a song -- "The Girl's Attractive" -- that was everywhere for a while. They were also a fun, super-tight live band. But Diamond Nights dissolved soon after the release of their debut album, Popsicle, and singer Morgan Phalen moved to California and guitarist Rob Laakso joined Amazing Baby. Pretty sure these two shows are for the fun of it, but as someone who thought they ended too soon, maybe playing live again will rekindle things.
Meanwhile Cheeseburger (who played at least a few shows in 2009) have just put the finishing touches on their second album and have grown from a bassless trio to having two guitarists and a full rhythm section and one of our premier party-rock bands. I've heard some of the new record and while it would be incorrect to say they've grown up, they've definitely matured as songwriters and musicians. Live shows are still mayhem, though more from the fans than on-stage shenanigans these days. I hope shiny Brooklyn Bowl knows what it's in for.
However, this won't be your typical Cheeseburger show. Singer Joe Bradley is due to be a new father any minute and won't be there. Instead, the band is getting a different guest vocalist for every song, including comedian Jon Glaser (Adult Swim's Delocated), Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington and Andy Reuland, Jason Green of Violent Bullshit, Diamond Nights' Morgan Phalen, and some surprise guests. Personally, I think they should rename themselves Cheeseburger Deluxe for this gig but that's just me.
A couple Diamond Nights and Cheeseburger videos after the jump...
Diamond Nights - "Destination Diamonds"
Cheeseburger @ Glasslands August 2008, last date of Colt 45/Vice tour