Performing for his first night in two dates at the venue at the Barbican, Antony Hegarty graced the stage in darkness before slowly unveiling himself to the audience in a Grecian-style toga.
Hegarty (who chose not to play piano for the entire set, opting to showcase his voice at the centre of the stage) treated fans to select compositions from his new EP ‘Another World’, in addition to previewing tasters from his newest album ‘The Crying Light’, scheduled for release in January 2009.
The singer also surprised fans with an unexpected cover in the form of Beyonce classic ‘Crazy In Love’, which was reinterpreted in his trademark lamenting-style to the delight of the applauding crowd. Introducing it to the audience he quipped: “This one’s on the house.”
Hegarty balanced new tracks with a series of atmospheric reworkings of past songs including tracks taken from his debut self-titled album, including ‘Cripple And The Starfish’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘River Of Sorrow’.
The 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize-winning ‘I Am A Bird Now’ also made a brief appearance in the guise of choice-track ‘For Today I Am A Boy’.
Antony & The Johnsons played:
‘Mysteries Of Love’
‘Cripple And The Starfish’
‘For Today I Am A Boy’
‘(Fell In Love With A) Dead Boy’
‘Kiss My Name’
‘Crazy In Love’
‘Everything Is New’
‘Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground’
‘River Of Sorrow’
Antony & The Johnsons play again tonight (October 31) at Barbican.