Brian Jonestown MAJESTY

31-08-2012

About freakin time ! I finally get to see Brian Jonestown Massacre! Led by the notoriously crazy dude Anton Newcombe aaaaaaand Joel Gion. Two breath-taking guys. Musically speaking of course ;) Yes, I am completely pure and innocent, I live for music and music only. And when I saw DIG! for the first time (watch it here, I seriously recommend it – a quirky documentary where you get to meet two of our favourite bands ever – I completely fell for these guys.

The gig starts with a bang and we get to hear Stairway to the Best Party, a very cool track. BJM is all over the place. There’s a lot of them and it’s kind of noisy. Joel is magnificent, just in the middle of the stage: black hat and black shades – regal and true to himself with his tambourine, maracas and often singing as well.
And then there’s Anton. If you’re not familiar with the habits of Mr. Newcombe you don’t know that he plays hide-and-seek on stage and it makes you go “Shit where did Anton go? Is that him hidden behind his mike far from the stage lights? Yep that’s him”. Which makes us think that he does that because A) he’s super shy – consider that he usually turns his back to the crowd when he plays – or B) he’s a vampire.

Leaving aside the Twilight Zone thoughts that were crossing my mind for a second there, all I can say is that this concert was really sick. The place (the glorious Trianon in Paris) has an incredible décor and I really wanted to show you some pics but buhuuuu I had forgot my brain and my camera that day. Luckily there some more serious bloggers out there who have some great pictures from the gig – check these out.

It was my first BJM gig (hopefully not the last!) and I was excited to finally get to see them…especially considering that their last album Aufheben was really a little gem. Really guys, listen to it, it’s good and totally flows in its entirety.

Ah, before I forget, here’s the set-list (one bomb after the other, don’t you think?):

1. Stairway To The Best Party
2. Vacuum Boots
3. I Wanna Hold Your Other Hand
4. Got My Eye On You
5. this Is Why You Love Me
6. Wisdom
7. Super-Sonic
8. You Have Been Disconnected
9. There’s A War Going On
10. Not If You were The Last Dandy On Earth
11. Clouds Are Lies
12. David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six
13. Open Heart Surgery
14. Waking Up To Hand Grenades
15. Prozac vs. Heroin
16. That Girl Suicide
17. Servo
18. Oh Lord
19. Straight Up And Down

As you can confirm if you are already a BJM fan, this was an awesome set-list. The band was relaxed and very much in shape, no drama, no accidents. Anton himself is a changed man: no more drugs, no more booze. A polished and sober artist who only addresses the crowd with a polite “Could you please shut the fuck up? I have a bad sound here. Thank you very much”. And it must be weird for those who came in order to witness one of the notorious BJM fights that were common back in the days. Now BJM has matured and it’s more about tripping than fighting.

There’s no encore but the gig ends with a mind-expanding ten minutes of Anton, by himself, at the piano, charming us with his special formula of awesomeness of which he alone has the secret. A cool guy this Anton.

POSTED BY Miss Onyx AT 12:56 - 0 COMMENTS

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