The Ants Go Marching
Adam Ant performed a killer sold out show at the Crofoot Ballroom last Thursday night. The man hasn't played Detroit in 17 years, and the fans were eager to see this new wave/post-punk legend after so many years. Gals and gents were dressed to impress, combining punk style with high-class fashion. The Brothers Of Brazil, a spunky pop duo from – you guessed it – Brazil, opened the show. They got the crowd warmed up with their Latin flavor and a fantastic cover of "Girl From Ipanema." Finally it was time for Adam Ant, who appeared dressed in his signature style of foppish dandy – looking absolutely stunning! He sang all his classic hits and had the crowd chanting for more! We look forward to his new album, which is to be released as a double album in 2013 on CD, vinyl and cassette. Long live the '80s!!
That Voodoo You Do
Shortly after a detachment from RDW descended on Eastern Market to: a) check out Red Bull Gallery's ongoing partnership with the Red Bulletin and b) purchase as many coffee burlap sacks as our budget would allow (don't ask), we returned to Royal Oak on Saturday just in time to catch Zombie Walk Detroit traverse the sidewalks to benefit Gleaners Food Bank. Gusoline Alley then became zombie central for the latter part of the afternoon, and we were delighted to enjoy several reruns of The Walking Dead with two fetching voodoo vixens named Michelle and Lavone. After snapping a few memento photos, we walked down to 323East for Bethany Shorb's solo exhibit Palimpsest. Nice crowd there as well and we discussed matters aesthetic with Rob St. Mary, Dorion Cable, Cara Nova Lundgren, Matt Eaton and Sal Rodriguez. Oh, and we even found time to watch the Tigers beat the Yankees twice in New York and the Lions pull off yet another last-minute win. Needless to say, it was a nice itinerary all the way around!
The Collision of Evil
The Twins of Evil tour turned a bit scandalous over the weekend. With Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie as touring partners, was anyone actually shocked that the volatile personalities ended up clashing? For those who caught the drama at DTE Energy Music Theatre out in Clarkston with D-Days, you know you enjoyed it (give us a break, everyone loves a good fight). Manson threatened to kick Zombie's ass for his set being cut short, Zombie threw a slew of F-bombs in rebuttal during what appeared to be an impromptu rendition of "School's Out" by Alice Cooper, and so on. It was pretty damn entertaining, but we hope the rockers can make amends for upcoming stops. Nonetheless, the concert was remarkable. Production was top of the line, with plenty of pyrotechnics to keep us toasty in the frigid Michigan cold and more lights, giant robotic monsters and satanic puppets than we could count. Both Manson and Zombie put on one hell of a performance, and for what seems like the thirtieth time this year, we went home trailing confetti.
Knowing Regina Spektor was rolling through town left D-Days in much anticipation of when she'd take the stage at the Fillmore. When she did appear in front of the crowd around 9:30 p.m. last Saturday, we have to say she was the sweetest little thing, continually thanking the people of Detroit for coming out for her performance. And perform she did. While she played plenty of songs from her new album, she kept the crowd happy with lots of classics like "Better", "Radio" and old stuff like "Ode to Divorce," plus she brought out the front man from her opening act, Only Son, with whom she performed a song he penned for Ms. Spektor. We were continually wowed throughout the show at just what a great singer she is live, as well as how charmingly appreciative she was for our applause. Though her set ran over an hour, the folks filling the Fillmore persuaded her to join them for an encore during which she performed not one, but three songs, all of which we were glad we stuck around for. She closed out the night with "Samson" and despite chilling rain that was falling outside, our hearts were warmed by the beautiful rendition. | RDW