Mumford & Sons has sold out countless clubs and theaters for the past year and a half, playing bigger and bigger venues with each subsequent tour. Wednesday, they played two of the smallest, intimate shows they’ve played in a long time. First, the band recorded a VH1 Storytellers session only open to a limited amount of fans and friends of the band. In the evening, Mumford & Sons performed at an exclusive private concert at the PC Richard & Son Theater (courtesy of iHeartRadio) only open to contest winners, press and select industry folk.
Kicking off the show with the title track to their platinum album Sigh No More, the band played an eight song set that featured the hit singles “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man”. The set featured the usual shy banter from frontman Marcus Mumford and keyboardist Ben Lovett. They’re not comedians but they cracked small jokes about their concerns of playing in the heat at Coachella, all the facial hair that they saw amongst the crowd and playing Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” during soundcheck.
The band also played a new song tentatively titled “Lovers Eyes”. Check out a video of it as well as “Roll Away Your Stone” below and catch the band on the Railroad Revival Tour.
Sigh No More
Awake My Soul
Roll Away Your Stone
White Blank Page
Little Lion Man
“Roll Away Your Stone”
Avril Lavigne played a private show for contest winners (courtesy of iheartradio on Wednesday at the PC Richard & Son Theater to celebrate the release of her new album Goodbye Lullaby. You can watch the performance now over at iheartradio.com. Check out photos from the show (credit: Brian Friedman for iheartradio.com)
Avril Lavigne’s new album Goodbye Lullaby is out this Tuesday March 8th. To celebrate, she’s performing at a special invite-only concert (courtesy of iheartradio) at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater on Wednesday March 9th (4pm doors, 5pm showtime). You can win tickets by going here.
We also have THREE pairs to give away to our readers! All you have to do is firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject:I WANNA SEE AVRIL!) with your name and we’ll email you back by the end of the day March 7th if you win!
On February 22nd, Adele returns with her sophomore album 21. We’re really excited about the new songs and we want you to see them performed live in person! Next Friday, February 11th, Adele will be performing at an invite only concert (thanks to iHeartRadio) at the PC Richard & Son Theater. We’re inviting YOU to the show! Wait, unfortunately not ALL of you can come. You have to WIN your way in! You have two chances to win.
Head over to http://www.iheartradio.com/contests/Adele-Live-in-NYC/114261 now and fill out the form!
Email us at email@example.com (with the subject:I WANNA SEE ADELE!) with your name and we’ll email you back by the end of the day February 9th if you win!
Head over to adele.tv to pre-order 21 now!
By Ian C.
Last week, My Chemical Romance played a special album release show in Los Angeles for the newly released Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. It’d be a travesty if they were to skip their “hometown” area of New York City (the band’s originally from New Jersey). Lucky for us, some industry people and a large group of contest winners, the band would play us a private mini show sponsored by iHeartRadio at the PC Richard & Son Theater on Tuesday night. Opening with the album’s first single “Na Na Na”, My Chemical Romance led a ruckus, barrier breaking young crowd through an hour of non stop cheers and screams. Surrounded by a group of teenage girls smelling of bubble gum shampoo and hair gel, we managed to survive the next hour. We didn’t come into the show the biggest My Chemical Romance fans but we left loving everything that we heard. Frontman Gerard Way stage dove almost right on top of us twice, the second time (during the band’s second major single “Helena”) nearly knocking us down. Out of all the new songs, our favorite might be the 80′s new wave sounding “Planetary Go!” and the stadium anthem like “The Kids From Yesterday.” Check out the setlist below as well as some photos below. You can watch some video from the show here and some professionally shot photos here (credit: Jeremy Harris)
1. Na Na Na
2. I’m Not Okay
3. Desolation Row (Bob Dylan cover)
4. Planetary Go!
7. House of Wolves
9. The Kids From Yesterday
10. The Black Parade
Duffy performed a private set (thanks to iHeartRadio) for contest winners, industry and press at the PC Richard & Son Theater in New York City. Our writer Sophia Hepheastou was there. Check out what she thought of the show below and head over to http://www.iheartradio.com/mediaplayer/?station=IHM-IP&action=stripped&item=20611733 for videos from the show!
Head to toe in black with a high- pitched, innocently, sweet sounding voice, Duffy took the stage at the PC Richard’s stage last week. Her soulful woozy vocals paired with slinky violinists and a full band created a romantic intimate feeling for the packed 200 person venue. She opened up with “Well Well Well” lightly swaying her hips and snapping to the track. Next up was “Don’t Forsake Me,” a track which she emphasized represents “the story of her life.” There was a timeless quality to the track, bringing back the glam vibe embodied in the 50s—the only thing missing was some backup dancers with coordinated dance moves in matching taffeta dresses. With creeping guitar parts and languid violins she sang, “Endlessly” and then picked up the tempo channeling a 70s groove session with an upbeat cover track of Freda Payne’s “Band of Gold.” Duffy’s performance closed with “Mercy,” a familiar track allowing her to open up, get comfy and actually dance around. Eager fans mouthed lyrics to the chorus and danced along, begging not for mercy, but for more tunes.
Last night, iheartradio had an exclusive performance with Robyn at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in Tribeca. Our very own Bridget Maher was at the show. Check out her writeup about it at rockpit.com. You can find some great photos of the event here (photo credit: © Chris Owyoung/iheartradio.com) and a video of Robyn performing “Dancing On My Own” here. You can also access all of this on iheartradio’s mobile application at www.iheartradio.com.
1. “Cry When You Get Older”
2. “Dancing On My Own”
3. “Hang With Me”
4. “Show Me Love”
5. “Sleeping With a Broken Heart”
6. “Be Mine”
7. “With Every Heartbeat”
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)
A few weeks ago Weezer performed a private concert for contest winners and special guests at the PC Richard & Son Theater in New York City. The show, in promotion of the band’s latest album Raditude, was sponsored by IHeartRadio.com. The band would rock a five song set that included a cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” with a full backing string section. The band wore matching grey tracksuits and when asked about it by a fan, frontman Rivers Cuomo responded “They give them to us. We just wear them.” It’s odd seeing Rivers perform without a guitar (on most songs) now. With the audience requesting songs off the band’s critically acclaimed (yet commercially unsuccessful) album Pinkerton, the band appeased the crowd by playing “Why Bother?”. The band also sprinkled in two songs off of their newest release Raditutde playing the infectious “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” and the second single “I’m Your Daddy” while also playing classics “Say It Ain’t So” and “Buddy Holly.” There were some limited edition Weezer posters handed out after the show. We grabbed one for you guys. You wanna win it? email us your name and we’ll email you back if you win! (U.S. entries only, sorry!)
(Photo of the poster is below)
Check out some photos and videos from the show: