Franz Ferdinand @ Roseland Recap
Franz Ferdinand, The Delays, and The Futureheads played Roseland in NYC last night (9 Sept, 2004). After Party at Rothko featuring The Futureheads again, and a DJ set by Franz Ferdinand.
One of the best shows of the year. If you haven't seen Franz Ferdinand yet, you have another chance in October. Definitely do it. Unfortunatley The Futureheads and The Delays won't be with them again. Next time it's The Evaporators and Blanche. hmmm.
I made it to Roseland in time to see The Futureheads go on at 7:30. (It was nice to have three bands on the same bill that I wanted to see.) They were good, but not nearly as good as everyone is saying they were at Rothko. It's got to be a venue thing.
I was more excited to see The Delays. Their album has been in regular rotation, and I missed their show at Mercury Lounge in July. They didn't totally live up to expectations, but again...it's Roseland.
Then Franz played. They played the best show I ever saw at Roseland. The crowd was going wild. People were really moving. I left more than happy...way beyond my expecations.
After about 2 hours of running night errands (I think it was about 12:30), I showed up at Rothko for the after party. I had advanced tickets, but the place was already filled over capacity.
I heard the security say "Some big shot is playing or something and people are gonna be coming in like this all night. The promoter needs to be down here." The promoter was not down there. The security were left to fend for themselves. Franz Ferdinand's guitarist had a hard time getting in, and the manager of the Futureheads just kept screaming, "I need to get in to see my band! I came here to see my band!"
People without tickets who were also not on the list were being told to just leave (not that they were listening). People on list were being told to wait on line with no guarantee of getting in. People with tickets were told to just hang out and that they would think of some way to get us in.
At that point, there was no way I felt like jamming into an overcrowded Rothko, so I just took off. I slightly regret it after hearing all the reviews of the show (see below links), but oh well.
Rothko is being really cool and refunding money for anyone who didn't get in.
Stereogum: Where the Streets Have...The Futureheads!
KarenPlusOne: Welcome To Your Very New Job
Verbose Coma: Franz Ferdinand at Roseland
Gawker: Franz Ferdinand Tests Your Hipster Quotient
Central Village: Futurehead Friday
Coolfer: Friday Shorts
Ijamming: Futureheads are go
Jinners: The Futureheads
Tien Mao: Franz Ferdinand at Roseland
More pics in my previous post.