Mott the Hoople ’74 / The Beacon Theater / April 10, 2019
A British band formerly known as Silence became Mott the Hoople in 1969 when Ian Hunter joined them as singer and pianist. The new name of the group is taken from the title of a novel by Willard Manus about an eccentric who worked in a circus show. Lacking commercial success, Mott the Hoople was on the verge of going their separate ways in 1971 when a fan, David Bowie, gifted the band “Suffragette City” of his yet to be released. Ziggy stardust album. The group transmitted the song. Bowie went on to write “All the Young Dudes” for Mott the Hoople and it became the band’s biggest hit; Bowie also produced the 1972 accompanying album of the same name. Keyboardist Morgan Fisher and guitarist Luther Grosvenor joined Mott the Hoople in 1973, but for contractual reasons Grosvenor changed his name to Ariel Bender for his stint with the group. Around 1974, Hunter left to form a duo with Mick Ronson, so the remaining members were called first Mott and later the British Lions, but did not achieve commercial success and went their separate ways in 1978. Hunter and Ronson worked together until Ronson’s death in 1993. Hunter then launched the Ian Hunter Band and later Ian Hunter & the Rant Band. The original Mott the Hoople reunited for seven concerts in 2009 in the UK and five concerts in 2013. Mott the Hoople ’74 formed in 2018, with Hunter, Bender, Fisher, guitarists James Mastro and Mark Bosch, the keyboardist Dennis DiBrizzi, bassist Paul Page and drummer Steve Holley.
The Mott the Hoople ’74 which performed a closing set at the Beacon Theater consisted of three members of the band’s formation in 1974 as well as members of Hunter’s band. Hunter is the only remaining member of the All the young guys sessions. Nonetheless, it was the first time in 45 years that Hunter, Bender, and Fisher had performed together in New York City. Together, the musicians and the audience celebrated the group’s glam rock era while giving vintage songs a new spin. A very lively Bender often stole the show with his flashy leads and dynamic movements, but Hunter had a lovely voice, Fisher was masterful on keyboards, and the rest of the group created a healthy new environment for the treasure house of old songs. After an audio recording in 1972 of the band’s introduction by Bowie, Mott the Hoople ’74 began with a cover of Don McLean’s “American Pie” leading to “The Golden Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll”, and from from there it took two hours of solid, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, so much so that the closing medley consisted of 11 classic tunes. Finally, the final song on the encore was “All the Young Dudes,” which featured cameos from Jakob Dylan from the opening act, The Wallflowers, and Hunter’s son, Jesse Hunter. All these guys aren’t that young, but they really rock.
Tony Bennett / Radio City Music Hall / April 13, 2019
Born and raised in New York’s Astoria neighborhood, Anthony Benedetto, 10, sang at the opening of Triborough Bridge in 1936, standing next to Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, who patted him on the head. He started singing for cash at the age of 13, performing as a singer waiter at several Italian restaurants around his native Queens. As an infantryman in the United States Army, he witnessed combat during WWII and sang with the 314th Army Special Services Band. In 1949, Pearl Bailey asked her to open for her in Greenwich Village; Bob Hope was in the audience, took Benedetto on tour with him, and simplified his name to Tony Bennett. As a crooner of pop, jazz, big band, and show tunes, Bennett enjoyed several hit songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, then saw a return in the late 1980s when his music was marketed to the MTV generation rather than Las Vegas. circuit. Bennett won 20 Grammy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and has sold over 50 million records worldwide. His 57th and most recent studio album, Love is here to stay, starring Diana Krall, was released on September 14, 2018.
Radio City Music Hall appears to be Tony Bennett’s home scene thanks to his annual engagements there. This time he performed with a simple jazz quartet (pianist Billy Stritch, guitarist Gary Sargent, bassist Marshall Wood and drummer Harold Jones), forgoing lush arrangements for a bare set that emphasized the beauty and power of his unique 92-year-old work. -old voices. None of her famous duo partners (no Diana Krall, no Lady Gaga) showed up, and the set didn’t feature any flashy lighting or props. It was Bennett naturally, much like a cozy jazz bar, except it was New York’s largest auditorium. The lights went out, Frank Sinatra’s prerecorded voice praised Bennett, the lights came on and Bennett walked around on stage. Bennett’s early bel canto vocal training preserved his vocals for seven decades, and it was a wonder to see.
Her rich, earthy voice was epic and powerful through “Watch What Happens” by Michel Legrand, “I Got Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin and “I’m Old Fashioned” by Fred Astaire. He sang some of his best known songs including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, a mix of “Rags to Riches”, “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)”, “For once in my life” and “I left my heart in San Francisco.” Each song has been reinterpreted, so that no song sounds exactly like its recorded version. The jazz combo enriched the tracks by Refined instrumental breaks. Customizable and charming in his anecdotes between songs, Bennett has made the songs a part of their history. Most importantly, however, he punctuated many of his songs by sliding and hitting the high and dramatic crescendo notes. may not have lasted them as long as in his younger years, but nonetheless, this feat in itself was both surprising and monumental. This performance by Tony Bennett was a master class in vocal talent, style. , sophistication and art.
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue / The Bowery Ballroom / April 13, 2019
In Suffolk, England, Nick Lowe began his musical career in 1967, when he joined the band Kippington Lodge with his school friend Brinsley Schwarz. They renamed the group Brinsley Schwarz at the end of 1969 and began playing country and blues rock. Lowe left Brinsley Schwarz in 1975 and in 1986 began a solo career as an artist and producer, including Elvis Costello’s first five albums, the Damned debut album, the Pretenders debut single, and the debut and third albums. by Graham Parker, and has also played bass in Rockpile, a rockabilly / pop rock quartet, co-directed with guitarist Dave Edmunds. Rockpile broke up in 1981 and Lowe toured in 1982 and 1983 with his band Noise to Go, and in 1984 and 1985 with the Cowboy Outfit. In 1987, Lowe was also a member of the short-lived Little Village with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder and Jim Keltner. In 2009, Cooder and Lowe toured as a duo. Periodically, Lowe performed solo acoustic sets. Since 2014, Lowe has toured with Los Straitjackets (guitarists Eddie Angel and Greg Townson, bassist Pete Curry and drummer Chris Sprague) as a group. Following Lowe’s 14 solo albums, his most recent product is a four-song EP with Los Straitjackets, Tokyo bay, published June 15, 2018; their Love Famine / Trombone The EP will be released on May 17th, 2019. Currently, Lowe lives in London, England.
Billed as Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock ‘n’ Roll review with Los Straitjackets at the Bowery Ballroom, the performance featured Lowe singing with the support of the Los Straitjackets, masked in luchador and surfers. Oddly enough, the match clicked, as the band appropriated the songs even as Lowe was opening act. Lowe sang pop melodies, but most of his familiar songs now had a vintage country, rockabilly, or Americana twist. This aged flavor didn’t pull a curtain on Lowe’s pop sensibility, but it did establish that Lowe wasn’t frozen in the same place he was in the seventies. He hadn’t been completely divorced by this time, however, as he gave audiences what they had come to hear: “So It Goes”, “Cruel to Be Kind”, “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock ‘n’ Roll) “, and” (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding. Her last encore was an acoustic solo version of Elvis Costello’s “Alison.” In the end, Lowe did proved to be a believable rocker with roots.
The Foreign Resort / The Red Party at the Mercury Lounge / April 13, 2019
Singer / guitarist Mikkel Jakobsen, bassist Steffan Petersen and drummer Morten Hansen had performed in death metal bands in their hometown of Denmark when they came together as Foreign Resort in Copenhagen in 2009 to play something different. Influenced by noise rock and shoegaze, their musical experiments have unconsciously led them to gothic, dark wave and post-punk sounds. The name of the group was inspired by Jacobsen’s two-and-a-half-year residence in Israel, which he considered his vacation spot abroad. The Foreign Resort’s sixth studio album, Outnumbered, was released on April 5, 2019.
The Foreign Resort was headlining the Red Party’s 12th anniversary at the Mercury Lounge, an evening that also included a performance by Astari Night. The Foreign Resort provided a hard, thrilling, and angular anchor point for the monthly gathering of goths and post-punks. As a power trio much of the music was conducted by guitars (Jakobsen and Petersen sometimes changed instruments) and their chorus, reverb, delay and fuzz effects. Many times, pre-recorded sounds seemed to be surreptitiously added to thicken the sound wall of the band. The band’s rapid rhythms were almost hypnotic in that, rather than ramping up to a crescendo, the repetition of single waves created tension and explosive release. The music rarely climbed the ladder, except when Jakobsen’s melancholy vocal modulation framed a song. It created a swirling, dark effect that was as ominous as it was mysterious. The performance of the Foreign Resort was somber, edgy and captivating.