Portugal. The Man, Lucius, Jungle & Hobo Johnson @ Forest Hills Stadium (pics)
Portugal. The Man have been at it for over ten years now, but with Feel It Still (which won them a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance) they’ve become one of the most popular bands on the scene and rightfully so. Before Portugal came on, the Queens audience was greeted by local Native Americans holding signs of protest as well as performing some traditional Native American music. The band, originally from Alaska, grew up surrounded by large native populations, and adding these small performances at the start of their shows is a nice inclusion of a history that we as Americans may not be that familiar with.
At this point, the crowd was eagerly awaiting Portugal. The Man to come on stage. Then a Beavis & Butthead skit popped up in the background and it was time — beginning with a small rendition of Metallica’s For Whom The Bells Toll leading into a mashup of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and there own Purple Yellow Red and Blue, we were all in for a night we wouldn’t forget. Most of the set list consisted of songs off the more recently released Woodstock and their 2013 record Evil Friends. Accompanying the performance was some of the most bizarre and hypnotic visuals I’ve seen at a show as well as some inspiring and motivational quotes spoken throughout history.
It’s safe to say it got a little weird on stage, and I wouldn’t have expected anything less. [Joshua Kaye for The Knockturnal]
Portugal. The Man brought their very busy tour schedule back to NYC for the second time this year, this time for a much bigger show: Forest Hills Stadium on Saturday (9/22). They were joined by a pretty big and pretty diverse cast of openers -- Lucius, Jungle and Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers -- and as the review quoted above points out, they opened with their customized Beavis & Butthead skit playing on the venue's screen, and then came out for a Metallica/Pink Floyd mashup before doing a set that pulled mostly from their last two albums (like they've been doing on tour this year). Pictures are in the gallery above.
photos by Dana Distortion for Forest Hills Stadium