Foxy Shazam is one of those bands that gets it right. They remind you of some of the greatest musical moments of the past and add a little kick of novelty. So when I heard from a variety of sources that they put on one of the greatest live experiences in the music world today, I had to drop the 20 dollars and hour and a half drive to see for myself.
If you’re unfamiliar with this wonderful new rock act reminiscent of Queen, check out these two videos before reading further.
The entire show was spectacular. Unfortunately, the opening band who sounded mysteriously like The Fall of Troy took an extra hour, which consequently shortened Eric Nally’s presence. But when he did enter the building, the energy didn’t leave until he did.
Let me just say, Foxy Shazam has one of the most powerful combination of stage personalities in the business. The bass player balances his bass on one finger, the keyboard player stomps on his instrument and plays it while crowd surfing (I helped hold it up), the drummer alludes to coitis with the trumpet player with theirs, and Eric eats lit cigarettes and hits notes most girls can’t afterwards. There was not a moment of their 40 minute set that I wasn’t entertained, and I would gladly pay twice the price to do it all again.
Overall, my only complaint was that there was no encore. If you ever get the opportunity to see this big ball of energy in your own town, don’t hesitate. In the words of lead Singer Eric Nally,” Wham, Bam, Thank You Foxy Shazam.”
So, I spent almost a Benjamin to head up to Newark with a few of my friends to watch this weird British character named Thom Yorke “dance” around the stage to some obscure music.
It was the best show I’ve ever been to.
Every single song they played was magnificent, and the entire band was very together, played well, and expressed clearly that they were having the time of their lives; that expression carried around the entire stadium in every fans face, intoxicated or sober. Even the newer songs released after their most recent album The King of Limbs entranced the audience, but the true magic happened when the group touched on their past endeavors. An entire stadium singing Karma Police, Everything In It’s Right Place, The National Anthem, and Weird Fishes was nothing short of breathtaking to witness and take part in.The light show was absolutely phenomenal , and the engineers behind it obviously knew the music and how to communicate the intensity and varying moods to the audience visually.
All in all, Radiohead is one group who has not only excelled in the art of performance; they have perfected it. They can entertain an entire stadium full of people for without a break for two hours, and perform two encores. I would pay to have that experience again and again.
And who knows, maybe I’ll get something better than nosebleed seats next time.
First of all, if you enjoy good music, and you live on the East Coast of the USA, you’re probably crying inside over the fact that you weren’t at Coachella. I had to soothe my case of the blues with the full Radiohead set recorded and uploaded to Youtube. Check it out!
On Saturday, I went into New York to see an upcoming act by the name of Mitchell Grey. A four piece including guitarist Joe Diaz (who I know personally), singer Ryan Bandong, bassist Napon Pintong, and drummer Matt Pana the band has been playing together for about 2 years. They had so much energy, this being their first performance since their album dropped last week. Their summery, bright-but-sophisticated sound is a breath of fresh air. You can listen to the whole album below, But I recommend supporting them through Itunes or Amazon. You can get more information from their Facebook page here.
I simply can’t finish this post before mentioning the amazing Tori Kelly, who opened for Mitchell Grey. If the name sounds familiar, she made it past auditions in Season 9 of American Idol, and for good reason; Her voice is breath-taking. I got the chills several times over the course of one song. Check out her single ‘Confetti’ and eagerly await the album release with me.