Last Night: Antony & the Johnsons at the Moore"/>
Last night, I attended a wedding shower in Lake City. Whenever I'm in Lake City, a magnetic effect occurs wherein I am compelled -- forced, really -- to enter the Stirrup Room at the Rimrock Steakhouse and try to put a dent in their hooch inventory, and last night was no different.
So what's this anecdote have to do with Antony & the Johnsons, you might be wondering?
Here's what: I had tickets to Antony's show at the Moore last night. But rather than put myself in a position where those seats may have gone empty, I gave my tickets to one of the biggest Antony fans I know, my brother's drummer, Robb Sieger, on the condition that he convey his thoughts on the show to Reverb. Here's what Mr. Sieger (no relation to Bob, although Rob has a lot going for him in the night moves department) had to say:
"It definitely was heavy on material from the new record. This is the third time I've seen him -- I saw him at the Triple Door and On the Boards -- and this was far superior to anywhere else I've seen him play. The biggest improvement was his backing band. They were phenomenal. There were several multi-instrumentalists onstage who proved their worth. The other backing bands I've seen him with were short-handed and kind of klunky. He has this unique rhythm, and this band just nailed it. And for such a strange guy, he was very personable. He did a Beyonce cover: 'Crazy In Love.' It was totally creepy and totally great. Some guy in the crowd yelled, 'Fuck Beyonce.' Antony was like, 'Oh, really, I know you're joking.' It was really inappropriate. Then he started riffing on the piano. It was really strange, and he apologized for it later. I've never really seen him open up with a crowd; he's usually this very mysterious character. It was just gorgeous, man. I haven't seen music that beautiful in a long time."