Better than : other funny guys that play guitar, but the music is the feature, not the jokes.
Better than: other funny guys that play guitar, but the music is the feature, not the jokes.
If Glenn Danzig is "Evil Elvis," does that make Voltaire "Evil Ricky Nelson"? Or maybe "Evil Weird Al"? Whatever you want to call him, Voltaire is a multi-talented singer-songwriter who follows that tradition more closely than you might think. Like Dylan and Van Zandt, Voltaire is a critic of the culture he's a part of. His chosen culture just happens to be the near-humorless goth scene, making his work stand out even more. Plus, there aren't too many people left who can command a room as a total solo act, just him and his black acoustic guitar (just another reason to call him "Evil RN").
Voltaire played songs about zombie prostitutes, the Tatooine cantina in Star Wars, desecrating the bodies of an ex-lover's lovers, and death-death-death-devil-devil-evil-evil,the last being a song written for his grandmother who passed away last year.
With the guitar strapped to him, Voltaire strutted around the stage, playing more like the dark shadow of Eddie Cochran than Rick Nelson. He wore a jacket "stolen from Gerard Way," and just kept singing his hilarious songs about all things dark and twisted.
For anyone who may not have heard of him, he played two songs from the Cartoon Network show The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, including the theme song for the recent Billy and Mandy movie.
If nothing else, Voltaire is a man of the people. he spent the entire length of the opening set signing and selling CDs at his merch table and was right back there when his set ended. He even let people take pictures with him.
The dork on the left is yours truly.
The Nasty Habits opened the show, and let me tell you, the next time I throw a huge party, they are playing it. I can't think of anything better to start party than a transvestite band that plays '80s cover songs. Billy Idol, R.E.M., the Cure, and more all were given the Nasty treatment.
Personal Bias: I've been a Voltaire fan for a long time, once even winning a contest through his e-mail newsletter. That was about seven years ago. So imagine my surprise when he, Voltaire, tells me that he didn't want me at the show originally because he thought I was someone else. That someone being a "psycho, crazy guy" who was at his last show in Seattle. Lucky for me , he realized that I wasn't that guy and in I went.
Random detail: Before the show started, the bar side was playing Joy Division and the club side was playing Ted Nugent. I hung out in the bar, until the club side switched to Slayer.