Architecture & Applause - Yeah. What were you doing Tuesday night?
The show opened with Takka Takka.
I was told by several friends, all of whom are "in the know" that CYHSY can "only let you down," since they can't play live as well as they sound on CD. Tuesday night proved the doubters wrong and the winners (besides me and the 900+ other people at the show last night) are the concert-goers attending the rest of the band's concerts on this tour.
The bottom line: The band is actually as good as their CD sounds these days and that's unbelievably awesome.
The only fair criticism the band has received over the last 500-some days as they have toured three continents is that they never seem to sound as good live as they do on their maniacal debut albums. Those early days are gone and that criticism is over and done with.
Not even a busted keyboard could slow the band down. They played one of their "new" songs while stage techs worked furiously to get things going again. By the time the Korg was up and running again, it was time for a keyboard-essential tracks like Gimme Some Salt.
The best parts of the show? Sprinkled like chocolate and rainbow candies atop an sundae made from the sweetest ice cream. "Over and Over Again" + "Details of the War" + "By the Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" + "Satan Said Dance" (best version I have ever heard yet) + "Heavy Metal" (the finale) really stand out....
The band is having fun on stage these days and they are more than happy to involve the audience. Their next to last song was the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed. It didn't sound like the Stones. It sounded like something new. One last example of the fun that was had at the Avalon on Tuesday: Just prior to the end of the regular set (prior to the encore,) the band hit a low. Having played up to an adoring crowd in this packed Boston venue, they stepped out and played "Clap Your Hands!" It's the carnival-sounding opening song to their album. Enchanted, the crowd - all of the crowd joined in!
Weird, maniacal and fun...