The Dandy Warhols
The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
September 12, 2008
The Dandy Warhols have played the Metro 12 times, but as of last night they have officially made it to the next level in their career! The band played The Vic Theatre for the first time last night and performed a two hour long set for a SOLD OUT crowd of more than 1,800 fans. The show could have gone on all night. It was clear that the four band members did not want to leave the stage! However, due to city curfew regulations, the show had to be over by midnight. The Dandy Warhols were not even able to play an encore because they had to get off the stage! Of course, this could have been because the band went on stage late – after 10pm.
Keep reading after the jump to see more photos from the debut of The Dandy Warhols at The Vic…
My friend Michelle Halek attended the show with me and we would both have to agree that the best part of night was when some guy in the crowd yelled out: “This is the greatest night of my life!” It was classic. He screamed it out during a moment of silence when the band was tuning their instruments in between songs. Man oh man, I love how drunk guys in the audience can be the best source of entertainment at a show. Don’t get me wrong, the band is the best form of entertainment at a show – that’s why I love live music and go to concerts every night. But people yelling out random things in between songs when you least expect it. Warning: there was no photo pit at this show, which was shocking to me, especially since the show was sold out. I couldn’t get any good shots of Zia McCabe or Brent DeBoer. Sorry about that!
Another highlight of the evening for me was when the lead singer/guitarist abruptly ceased playing the intro to a song after singing the first word. Telling the crowd: “Wait, wrong key” and smiling playfully, he proceeded to play a quick downward chord progression. With the fans laughing along with him, the song was then transposed into the correct key and he started over again, singing in a lower register more recognizable to the audience. Wrong notes are probably one of my favorite things about seeing a band perform live. It assures me that these “rock stars” are still just regular human beings who make mistakes. Plus, it’s just funny!
At one point, I found myself wondering and asking Michelle why we were standing there waiting for the band to play the next song. I then noticed that Zia McCabe (keyboards, bass, vocals, harmonica), the only female member of The Dandy Warhols, was missing in action. Nowhere to be seen on stage, we came to the conclusion that she must have gone to the bathroom. Ha! I have NEVER been to a show where I had to wait for the next song to begin because a band member was backstage going to the bathroom. However, I did notice that Zia was drinking plenty of beer throughout their two hour set. So again, she is only human, and goes to bathroom after drinking loads of alcohol just like the rest of us common folk. Major props to Zia for rocking out alternately with the maracas and tambourine pretty much throughout the ENTIRE two hours. Her left arm must be insanely strong compared to her right, which was always playing the keyboard and synthesizer/bass. Ms. McCabe is also the first female band member I have ever seen play the harmonica. You go, girl!
This was my first time seeing The Dandy Warhols perform live and I do not own any of their albums. Therefore, I was not one of the hundreds of fans who could sing along word for word to every song during the show. But after last night’s stellar performance, I am now going to make sure I go to all of this band’s concerts in Chicago from now on. I enjoyed seeing a band with a unique stage set up. The four band members were lined up equally from left to right. Nobody was closer to the edge of the stage than anybody else. From left to right, the positioning of the band went like this: Zia, Brent DeBoer (drums, vocals), Court and Peter. Check out the new album from The Dandy Warhols – Earth to the Dandy Warhols – now to hear a bunch of new songs being featured on their current tour. You can hear some new tracks from the record on the band’s MySpace page here.
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