Thursday, March 15, 2007
The Good, The Bad & The Queen at 9:30 Club
I went to the 9:30 Club last night to see Damon Albarn's latest project, The Good, The Bad, & The Queen. It was a great show.
The opening act was actually a burlesque duo from Baltimore, Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey. The crowd really responded well to their tongue in cheek and very acrobatic act. It was fun to have them warm up the crowd, and really got everyone excited to see the headliners.
The Good, The Bad, and the Queen is essentially a supergroup consisting of Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), guitarist Simon Tong (The Verve), bassist Paul Simonan (The Clash), and Tony Allen (Fela Kuti's band). They basically played the entire album, and they sounded great.
Albarn was charismatic onstage. I think at one point he took a hit of a joint and proceeded to rock out.
Simon Tong was your basic Britpop aloof guitarist- he seemed quiet, but his guitar playing was solid. I wish we could have heard more of Tony Allen's drumming but when he hit the drums hard, you could tell.
I had the best time watching Paul Simonan onstage. He was so cool- he had this awesome punk swagger. When he smoked a cigarette onstage, he was still cool. It made you wish you had the chance to see him with The Clash. I loved the dub style of his bass playing.
The encore was a song called "Dog House" which they left off the record, and they closed with B-side, "Mr. Whippy", with a guest Syrian rapper. All in all, it was a really fun show. It looks like you can hear it on NPR here.