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|Howard Jones, Men W/O Hats, All Hail the Silence|
Saw Howard Jones, Men Without Hats and All Hail the Silence live on Long Island tonight. Had a good time, but it was a strange show.
|1||All Hail the Silence|
I mostly bought the ticket to see this band tonight (I've seen Jones and Men Without Hats before), and I enjoyed their set a lot. Their new Daggers album might be my favorite album of 2019 so far. They are protege's of Erasure's Vince Clark, and are very much in the '80s new wave tradition. And BT from this band also played with Howard Jones on his new album.
|2||Men Without Hats|
Rhythm of Youth
These guys played a full set tonight, that included "Pop Goes the World", a cover of ABBA's "SOS", and a number of songs from their 1982 Rhythm of Youth album. But while Ivan Doroschuk is still an energetic performer, let's face it -- it's all about "Safety Dance".
This was the first North American date in this tour for Jones, who is supporting his brand new (May 2019) Transform album. They had some equipment problems early on, and the set felt a little lackluster to me until about the halfway point, at which point it kicked into another gear.
|They had the stage layered so All Hail the Silence was set up in the front. Then, behind them was the equipment for Men Without Hats. And in the 3rd row in the back were the synthesizers for Howard Jones' band. So the singer from AHTS didn't have much room to do anything but just stand there. But they still sounded awesome. MWH played as a 5-piece today, including two female keyboard/synth players. Jones played with a guitarist and a second synthesist, and went back and forth from a piano keyboard at the side of the stage to the more powerful synthesizer in the back. He also played a handheld synthesizer for part of the night. But some equipment problems with the other guy's synth held up the start of their set for a long time, and I think it threw them off a little. It worked out OK, though.|
|Definitely thought this was gonna be about some weird mashup between the old singer of Killswitch Engage and Men Without Hats|
|I saw this bloke live about 15yrs ago. Bloody awful. Does he still do that nonsense leverage thing with his keyboard or has he finally packed in that gimmick? |
|He's done a ton of things over the years. The first time I saw him was in the '80s, when he played with just him and a mime. Never saw the leverage thing, though.|
|The man is quintessential 80s. |
|That he is. Which is usually good for me.|
|For anyone interested, there is now a (riduculously) full write-up on my blog at longislandmusicguy.blogspot.com.|