Phoenix played SNL (videos), playing Terminal 5 (ticket info)
DOWNLOAD: Phoenix - 1901 (MP3)
*The adorable lead singer's shirt was slightly pressed like he'd picked it up from the cleaners and yet he still wore it in a laid-back, pass me the carafe, way--a clean, casual, style belonging to the French. They do casual like we dress up here.
*Phoenix looked like they were really relishing being on the SNL stage. This exuberance and gratitude didn't fit the aloof, no-big-deal-ness of a posturing band out of Brooklyn. It was refreshing and got you even more excited. The French love NYC. For them, being on SNL is what going back in time and being on Ed Sullivan would be for a Brooklyn band on the rise, now that would be cool...SNL? No big deal. Americans like to up the stakes. The French appreciate simplicity.
*Again, the smiles and the brotherly love in the band's performance wasn't from here, where friendships, work relationships come and go. French people tend to stay friends for life and are hard-pressed to let anyone new in unless they're a friend of a close friend. These guys looked at each other when they were rocking out like, "Can you believe this? This is awesome. We did it." They probably hugged each other backstage afterward, or at least I hope they did.
Phoenix's first North American summer tour date has been announced, and that show is at Terminal 5 in NYC on June 19th. Tickets go on Am Ex presale on Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale at the same time on Friday. The band's new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out May 26th.
All dates & the SNL videos, below...
Phoenix - "Lisztomania" on SNL - April 4, 2009
Phoenix - "1901" on SNL - April 4, 2009
Phoenix - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 23 - HOXTON BAR & KITCHEN - SOLD OUT London, London and South East
May 20 - BERGHAIN (SPEX FESTIVAL) Berlin
May 23 - E-WERK (ELECTRONIC BEATS) Cologne
May 28 - PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL - SPAIN Barcelona, Barcelona
May 30 - SIESTA FESTIVAL - SWEDEN Hasselholm
Jun 1 - KOKO LONDON - SOLD OUT London, London and South East
Jun 6 - ROCK AM RING FESTIVAL - GERMANY Nurburg
Jun 7 - ROCK IM PARK FESTIVAL - GERMANY Nurnberg
Jun 19 - Terminal 5, New York, NY
Jun 28 - THE WILTERN Los Angeles, California
Jul 24 - CAMP BESTIVAL - UK Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Southwest