Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The Good The Bad And The Memories
You can't ask for much more from a band, but still, I want more! New supergroup The Good The Bad and The Queen played a nice acoustic free show at the Apple Store in Soho on Monday afternoon, and a grand sold out ballroom show at Webster Hall later the same night. Both times, they didn't talk much - but really didn't have to, since their music says so much more than words. No big surprises in their setlist, either: they played the entire CD in the same order, as encores an instrumental and a Piece for a Syrian rapper. Peace? Peace, but we would have loved to hear Paul Simonon roar 'Guns of Brixton'. But again: Their song material is so good, if some other bands had just two songs that good, they'd be stars, too! Btw, the guys insist that TGTBTQ is not the band name, but just this one record. It's not even sure if there is a band. Honestly, I don't need a band, but if those four give us another album, I'll be grateful. Simonon live is more fascinating than any animal you've ever seen in the zoo. Damon Albarn sings better than ever, hauntingly beautiful melodies. Drummer Tony Allen and Guitar player Simon Tong are the solid backbone. Believe me, although it's only March, this IS the record of the year.