22 Nov

So last night was the Amanda Palmer concert at Webster Hall and it was quite the experience. In fact I may turn this is a theme of its own. I think there was enough stuff that happened at the concert to justify 5 days of talking about it.

The wife and I arrived at Webster Hall early because my wife isn’t the tallest person in the world and we wanted to attempt to get her a good viewpoint for the concert. We met up with good friend Lucidia (see post #20) and settled in to see the show. Then weird things began to happen. There was random screams and people giving out party favors and odd bits. Then a large bearded man sat down on the edge of the stage and began playing a child-size guitar while an attractive woman played other children’s instruments while feigning disinterest. We would soon learn that they were the first opening act- Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys. (Or is it just Army of Toys. Their myspace says one thing, the sticker they gave my wife says the other)

(Here they are at a very familiar place, “Goodbye Blue Monday” where I performed earlier this year)

They were highly entertaining with their interesting instrument choices like the melodica (brings back memories of my old band) and song choices (they belted out “Somewhere Out There” from An American Tail, which they mistakenly called a Disney Film. My wife noted to me later that night, it’s a Don Bluth film.). It was an excellent way to start off the show. It gave you the feeling that you should expect the unexpected. And that’s surely what you get.

Song 740- “Somewhere Out There” by Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys


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