This is majorly delayed but here’s a writeup of the Andrew McMahon solo piano show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on 10/19. First off, I’ve never been to a show where people were sitting and eating while a band played onstage. I felt like I was at a piano recital or a wedding. Anyways, for about an hour and a half, Andrew McMahon would share some interesting stories about his past and the meanings behind some songs but didn’t really address his past illness or Something Corporate (as expected). Andrew played a good mix of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate songs. Andrew was accompanied on a few songs by Jack’s Mannequin guitarist Bobby “Raw” Anderson. The best part of the night had to be the stories Andrew shared. Here are our three favorites:
1. Someone after a previous show told him that he didn’t have the range to sing “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
2. The explanation behind the song “Walking By” involving how Andrew’s siblings dropping a “Cheshire cat doorstep” on his forehead when he was really young.
3. How he wrote “Punk Rock Princess” about a girl whose musical tastes differed dramatically from him (but then again, you probably know that from the song).
Check out our videos (sorry for the quality) below the pics (click to enlarge).
Hammers and Strings
The Mixed Tape
As You Sleep
Holiday From Real
Annie Use Your Telescope
She Paints Me Blue
Just Like A Woman (Bob Dylan cover)
21 and Invincible
Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
La La Lie (West Coast Winter version)
Heroine (Punk Rock Princess)
encore (it was around here I think)
Olive (from Bobby “Raw” Anderson’s band Bikelock)