And what I know is that Karen O is one of the most amazing women ever to be involved in rock ‘n’ roll. I can’t imagine anyone who was also at the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s first of two nights at Roseland Ballroom thinking otherwise.
For those who keep score, she was wearing the same outfit she wore at Coachella this weekend–which was made of the same fabric as the dress she wore when I saw the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Maxwell’s earlier this year. Karen also had some kind of gold glitter painted/stuck/glued onto the backs of her hands which looked so awesome. She also had little gold glitter triangles on her shoulders.
Phenomena/ Black Tongue/ Pin/ Gold Lion/ Honeybear/ Tell Me What Rockers To Swallow/ Mysteries/ Art Star/ Cheated Hearts/ The Sweets/ Turn Into/ Y Control. ENCORE: Maps/ Warrior/ Tick
Some may be wonder, “Was this show ANY better than those crap-tastic Bowery shows you obnoxiously moaned about a few months ago?” Well it’s kinda like comparing apples and oranges…the venue/ experience/ sound was of course 10x better at the Bowery shows, but the crowd was lame in the sense that no one was dancing or remotely excited.
Tonight’s Roseland show defo had more enthusiasm since many more people knew all the new songs, but the crowd was lame in that “Roselandy” way we are all too familiar. You know what I mean. Something about going to Roseland always brings out crazy dudes who just want to push little girls down to the ground. I saw two guys get into a fight as one guy was leaving. Seriously, who gets into fights just as they are about to go? Some drunk guy turned around, screamed at me and gave me a face full of his Jack and Coke scented breath as I walked out of the concert for no real reason. The wonderful Maxwell’s show it was not.
But I still love Karen, Nick, and Brian and their beautiful music.
I’m tired, but here’s my crappy cameraphone photo:
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UPDATE: I also want to mention that I got to see The Dirtbombs play this night as well (they were the second opener). As some commenters have noted, The Dirtbombs are a great band from Detroit, and I’ve seen them I don’t know how many times and how many different lineups. (Actually, the first time I saw them, the YYYs were opening for them at Bowery.)Â But one thing remains the same, they always give a great, energetic show. One of the most memorable shows I’ve seen of there’s was at Bowery–last night of their tour. Drumkits got SMASHED, there was rafter climbing…insane.
Oh, and this week is official 2002 flashback week.