Art Brut pay tribute to Amy Winehouse as tour kicks off in Providence
Openers Demander took to the stage at 7pm, followed by a 45-minute set from Art Brut, during which Eddie Argos changed the title of ‘Blame It On The Trains’ to ‘Blame It On The Planes’ after missing a flight from Los Angeles the previous day.
Speaking to NME.COM after the set, Argos revealed he woke up 20 minutes after his flight departed, and cried at the check-in desk at the airport, prompting the airline to find him a flight to New York via San Francisco.
“I could feel these tears on my face,” he said. “I was trying to hide them! It was awful but the airline saved my life, they rushed me through security with cymbals.”
Argos then quipped that the instruments could have been a security hazard: “That could be a weapon surely, I could sever someone’s head.”
Playing a 45-minute set including ‘Pump Up The Volume’, ‘My Little Brother’ and ‘Bang Bang Rock & Roll’, the band also paid tribute to Amy Winehouse during ‘Moving To LA’ when Argos included lyrics from her single ‘Rehab’.
The Hold Steady surprised the all-ages crowd, debuting brand new song ‘Ask Her For Adderall’ during their 90-minute set. The track is expected to appear on the follow-up to their ‘Boys And Girls In America’ album.
“That is yet another song about boys and girls,” frontman Craig Finn told the audience after ‘You Can Make Him Like You’, “and this is a song about a boy and a girl and horse” he continued, launching into ‘Chips Ahoy’.
Following the show, Finn revealed to NME.COM that the band will be previewing “two or three new songs” each week of the tour.
The Hold Steady played:
‘Your Little Hoodrat Friend’
‘Chicago Seemed Tired’
‘Stuck Between Stations’
‘Ask Her For Adderall’
‘Multitide Of Casualties’
‘You Can Make Him Like You’
‘You Gotta Dance’
The NME Rock N Roll Riot Tour continues tonight with a sold-out show at the Roxy in Boston.
The dates are:
Philadelphia Electric Factory (23)
Raleigh Disco Rodeo (24)
Athens 40 Watt (25)
Knoxville Bijou Theatre (26)
Columbus Newport Music Hall (27)
Pontiac Crofoot Ballroom (29)
Chicago Metro (30, 31)
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Minneapolis State Theatre (November 1)
Seattle HUB Ballroom (4)
Portland Crystal Ballroom (5)
San Francisco Warfield Theater (6)
Los Angeles The Wiltern (7)
San Diego Cane’s (8)
Tempe Marquee Theatre (9)
Boulder Fox Theater (11)
Denver Ogden Theatre (12)
Lawrence Granada (13)
Dallas Palladium Ballroom (14)
Austin La Zona Rosa (15)
Birmingham BottleTree Annex (17)
Atlanta Variety Playhouse (18)
Richmond Toad’s Place Richmond (19)
Washington 9:30 Club (20)
New York Terminal 5 (21)
–By our New York staff.