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10/24: Manchester @ Cathedral
10/25: Glasgow @ Oran Mor
10/27: Amsterdam @ Melkweg
10/28: Berlin @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
10/29: Prague @ Palac Akropolis
10/30: Zurich @ Abart
11/01: Antwerp @ Trix Club
11/02: Paris @ La Maroquinerie
11/03: Cologne @ Gebaude 9
11/05: Vienna @ Arena
11/09: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
11/10: Chicago, IL @ Metro
11/11: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
11/13: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/15: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/16: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/17: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
You may remember that seeing Amanda Palmer at the Cedar in 2010 was one of the best shows I've ever seen. It was hard to describe, but it wasn't just a regular rock n roll...
Amanda Palmer's tour is in support of her latest album, Theatre Is Evil, which got a massive $1 million plus funding from her fans.
As the new name, Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, suggests, with this latest tour, she has various volunteer string quartets and chamber-style players join her on stage*.
What I like about Palmer's shows is they act as one long show. All her various warmup bands would eventually join her on her "Theatre Is Evil" show, and Palmer does show up in various costumes before the band comes on stage to introduce them.
I also managed to catch Ronald Reagan, billed as "Boston's premier 80's pop saxophone duo", who had a two-song setlist: Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
Amanda Palmer started her set with "Smile (Pictures or It Didn’t Happen)", followed by her single, "The Killing Type." As you would expect, the rest of the songs performed live were from Theatre is Evil, including "Want It Back", "Bottomfeeder", "Berlin", and "Olly Olly Oxen Free."
About midway into her set, Amanda Palmer read notes from her box. I didn't catch why/what it was for, but I'm going to call it "bummer notes." The notes were from anonymous audience members who wrote very depressing and dark things that happened to them. It probably wasn't very long, but it felt like an eternity as Palmer read each and every note, with the next more depressing than the last. One uncomfortable audience member shouted out, "Are you trying to get us to commit suicide?" I'm not going to lie: it got dark. The sad tone, at least to me, shouldn't be part of this upbeat "rock" show.
After the bummer notes were recorded, Palmer took those spoken words and looped it into her next song. I don't know the song, but it sounded like a cover song, "In My Room."
The second half of the show was on the happier side. My favorite song from the set their Wham! cover "Carless Whisper." This song is already great to start with, but having it performed with Ronald Reagan and a surprise "twist" with the camera girl.
Surprisingly, she did a few Dresden Doll, including the set closer, "Girl Anachronism."
Encore was "Do It Like a Rockstar" and "Leeds United" from her Who Killed Amanda Palmer album.
Amanda Palmer is currently on tour in support of Theatre Is Evil. You can get the album on a variety of formats on her website.
Amanda Palmer at First Avenue, Minneapolis (10/03/12)
* PS In doing research on the latest tour, there seems to be a lot of negative press against Amanda Palmer for her not paying her volunteer bands. I find it hard to believe that Palmer with her million dollars from Kickstarter (plus regular ticket prices at the door) that she could not afford to pay for the musicians. As of mid-September, she started paying her guest musicians. You can read how she came to this conclusion at her 09/16 blog.