5. The Opening bands: Cameron Avery (of The Growls) and Fever the Ghost put on a great show. Usually two opening bands are a bit of a drag, and I’ve been to a lot of shows where one or both bands aren’t very good. I’m pleased to say though, that with the last few concerts I’ve been to, it seems to be the norm that both opening bands are enjoyable, as was the case for last night.
The second opening band, Fever the Ghost, was weird, trippy and eccentric in a brilliant way of course. Their theatrical performance had all the elements of a good psychedelic rock show, and their unique sound brought the essence of psych rock into the modern age. These two performances, while in stark contrast of each other, worked surprisingly well, and both bands are worth looking into.
4. This Blondie cover: Mini Mansions have a great body of work, so much so that it’s hard to choose a favorite song (do check out “Any Emotions” and “Geronimo” though). While their music is certainly something to talk about, their cover of “Heart of Glass” (originally by Blondie) is absolutely breathtaking. Their rendition is a slowed-down, heart wrenching enigma of haunting vocals and eerie instrumentals. Their cover always gives me chills.
2. Alex Turner: It’s definitely no secret to those who know me that Arctic Monkeys are my favorite band, and Alex Turner is my lyrical soul mate. I've been enamored with Turner since I was just 12-years-old, and it’s a love that will never fade. My appreciation for him isn't without reason though, nor is it that of a love-struck fan girl. Turner has some serious chops, and his lyrical ability is one that is truly eloquent.
Now, the amazing Mr. Turner is good friends with Mini Mansions; this is to be expected when one of its members (Michael Shuman) is also the bassist for Queens of the Stone Age – if you remember, QOTSA front man Josh Homme helped produce Arctic Monkeys third album, Humbug. It’s also no surprise that Mini Mansions asked Turner to lay down some vocals for their song, “Vertigo.”
For the past month or so, Mini Mansions have been surprising fans around the world inviting Turner to the stage to sing with them. Well, last night, lo and behold, during “Vertigo” Alex Turner nonchalantly walked on stage to serenade ecstatic guests.
As mentioned earlier, The Troubadour is very small, so I and many others were literally within arm’s reach of one of the greatest rock and roll front mans of our generation. Turner ended up singing several verses right in front of me, and after he stayed to talk to fans, take pictures and sign a few mementos.