Helmet began their ‘Betty’ tour at Bowery Ballroom (pics and setlist), two more NYC shows to go
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Helmet @ Bowery Ballroom - 2/18/15
"That album was the sound of us being obscure and weird," he says. "And one thing I've found from doing these Betty shows is it's also a difficult album to play live. A song like 'Sam Hell,' where it's just me alone, and I'm essentially playing this blues groove and singing? That was nerve-racking at first. But it's been a great challenge, and apparently the music means something to people. So I'm happy to do it." [Page Hamilton talking to Rolling Stone]
NYC alt-metal vets Helmet are currently on tour playing their boundary-pushing third album, Betty, in full for its twentieth anniversary. The quote above is from singer Page Hamilton's interview with Rolling Stone, where he also included a retrospective track-by-track breakdown of the album. The tour began in Helmet's hometown with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (2/18). They opened by playing the album in full, and then followed it with 16 more songs from throughout their career.
The tour comes back to NYC on Saturday (2/21) at Bowery Ballroom and Sunday (2/22) at Saint Vitus, which are both also sold out. More pictures and the full setlist from Wednesday's show, below...
Biscuits for Smut
The Silver Hawaiian
Welcome to Algiers
Exactly What You Wanted
Like I Care
Just Another Victim
In the Meantime