One of our writers today had the chance to go check out Phoenix play a “secret” show (we all knew about it but not everyone would get in!) for contest winners, press and industry peeps. Check out their report below and our review of last night’s WRXP show here:
Is it any wonder that the most popular rock band in America is from France? For the second night in a row, Phoenix played in New York City to a sold out crowd (yes, we can and will use sold out!). Opening again with “Lisztomania”, Phoenix dazzled the audience with their high energy stage antics. Whether bassist Deck D’Arcy was thrusting his bass right in front of your eyes or drummer Thomas Hedlund was torturing his drums with his thunderous strikes, you felt every note of a truly great albeit brief performance. Rarely do you see a show like this mixed with suits and fans where nearly everyone sings in unison with
their cult leader the lead singer of the band but we must not disobey our leader, frontman Thomas Mars.
As usual for one of these PC Richard & Son shows, there was a six (pronounced “seece” in French as in “No sir, I didn’t talk to your seester”) song set consisting mostly of songs off of their current album Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The band even pulled out a “cover” performing “Playground Love”, a song they co-wrote with the band Air before closing out with the song of the year, “1901.”
Though the band can at times present themselves to be modest and humbling, they were clearly enjoying the adulation of the crowd with Mars even at times attempting to incite further applause. Maybe it’s all of these sold out shows, great reviews of their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix or the grammy nomination for the album that has Phoenix feeling like it’s conquered the music world. It’s ok, they have.
Thanks to IHeartRadio for hooking it up (Check out more coverage the show at IHeartRadio’s site here and more photos here) and having up some awesome photos/videos later today. Thanks to our photographer Sam Teich for the awesome photos below:
Long Distance Call
(photos copyright Sam Teich 2009)