Super groups usually suck. This one, not so much.
Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong, and one of Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 drummers Tony Allen (!!) got together and put out an album called The Good, The Bad, & The Queen.
They played it last night along with two outtakes at the 9:30 Club to a sold out audience. The show started out with a pathetic amateur burlesque show from Baltimore, curated by “Trixie and the Evil Hate Monkey”… yet for some reason I was really entertained. Especially when a Grim Reaper on stilts ripped off his black robe to reveal a pink thong full of dollar bills. Wait, pretend I didn’t just say that.
Cheers to the GB&Q for doing something different though. Oh, and for being on time. At 9:30pm sharp the 4 piece all-female, all-top-hat-wearing, all-hot string section emerged and played the rest of the band on stage. To hear what happened, head over to NPR where you can download the whole show, and check out some pics from BYT’s resident concert photographer Joel.
What you missed out on by not actually being there: Damon couldn’t stop grinning when things went well, and when he got on the piano with his top hat and scruff he kinda looked like a young Tom Waits. Tony and Simon looked bored and stoned the entire show. But the highlight was Paul, in full-on punk rock stance, dancing around stage and shooting bass notes at the audience. It brought a tear to my eye. Let’s just pretend like the second song of the encore never happened, in which some guy came out and rapped about something and tried to get all the white people to pump peace signs in the air.
Verdict: 7 out of 10
Listen to the show and check out some photos @ NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7780450