Tis the Season... for Music Circus!
Red Hot Marbles.
Benatar was at her peak of popularity in the 80's with some giant hit songs-- We Belong, Love is a Battlefield, Shadows of the night. I remembered a couple of them before going out there but once they hit the stage suddenly a wave of amazement overtook me too as the sheer volume of recognizeable songs, true hits, were played and many of which I could still remember all the words too. As did the audience! It was a knock out show and Benatar has the voice she's always had and then some.
Trish , here's Lars looking so cute!
emusiconnect . The Horrorpops are fronted by their lead singer woman on a stand up bass, and also have two dancing women in frilly petticoat skirts eager to display retro style red panties. But there is something bright and light, not dark about the goth and skeleton costuming all in red, black and white. The guitarist and bass player are intense and great to watch as they work the crowd as well.
The Dresden Dolls duo is pictured in the dressing room doing his make up before a recent Empire show. Brian and his partner Amanda Palmer both wear slightly goth make-up as part of their stage persona and I made an arrangement with their management company to shoot them getting ready that night. I shot like a crazy person too because I knew the time would be limited. While shooting candids as they did their thing I noticed that Brian was making all these funny faces, pretending not to notice me of course... :) With each click the face changed. I loved it, who wouldn't!
Digable Planets. Finally a DJ started spinning some tunes and a few brave souls had to get their ya ya's out in the form of hip hop dancing, similar to the break dancing of old. One by one a handful of people took their place in the center of the floor and showed deft skill dancing, spinning, gymnastics, amazing footwork. How many hours do they have to be in front of a mirror practicing to do what they do? It's impressive!
emusiconnect . Fergie is so darn cute. Probably the chemical catalyst that has taken the band to the next level too. It was only a five song set much to my surprise. But each and every song was great, great great. They didn't save the best for an encore, yay, which is a trend I keep noticing lately. In fact, it's become a pet peeve. The encore is supposed to be the audience craving more and demanding more LOUDLY so the band relents gratefully and comes back out to play. How many times now have I seen a set list where the encore is already decided and printed right on the set list? Way too many.