New York City has such a vibrant music scene that it would be self-defeating to list every gig or even every gig that might appeal to geezers. So this is just a selection of upcoming shows that I personally am interested in. Check out videos of past events at https://www.youtube.com/@NYC.Geezer
Here's a selection of geezer-friendly bands to put on your calendar. Many of them are hugely popular so you should either get your tickets early, preferably in the pre-sale, or keep your eye on resale prices.
The Smiths Tribute put on a brilliant live show so I am delighted to spend my birthday in their company this year, down at LPR on Bleeker Street. Check out a previous show here:
I don't know this band well but their songs "Impressively Average" and "Eddie, My Love" sound like upbeat Morrissey numbers. At this price it would be rude not to go. Appearing at Baby's All Right, Brooklyn.
My favourite live band of 2023, I cannot say enough good things about these lads. Absolutely criminal that they don't (last time I checked) have a record deal yet. A raft of toe-tapping feel-good tunes will guarantee a great night out. Here is just one of them:
The Beacon theater sold out four nights quickly, but you can get seats on the secondary market from around $125 each. Mitski is also appearing in Brooklyn at the Kings Theatre where you may get more reasonably priced tickets.
TDCC return to NYC to show off their new album, Keep On Smiling. But most punters will be looking forward to hearing "What You Know" and other hits from their 2010 album Tourist History. Such is the tension between artist and audience. I expect even Michaelangelo had the same problem. "Come on, Mike... Dying Slave is nice, but can't you do us another Pietà?" Secondary market is trading around $180 :-(
At Racket (previously Highline Ballroom). Tickets on sale 8th Dec.
The Feelies put on a stellar show at Brooklyn Made in June 2023. Make sure you get there early for the "opening band" which is also the Feelies using their alter ego, The Willies, for a fantastic set comprising all cover songs. Check it out here:
At Brooklyn Steel. Tickets on sale 8th Dec.
Ian McCullock is no spring chicken but for aging 80's indie rockers like me, this is the real deal. The Bunnymen were last seen in NYC in 2022 and there may not be many more chances so get over to Brooklyn Steel. Be sure to visit Beer Street on Graham Avenue for some pre- or post- concert sounds. The bar's playlist is awesome!
Watch this space, and please let me know what I'm missing!
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The alt-rock band, formed in Portland, have been a favourite geezer band ever since their extraordinary Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia album (2000). They played at Elsewhere, Brooklyn. If you haven't watched their rock-documentary Dig! then you must remedy that immediately.
Young Gun Silver Fox played a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom. Man, they are so TIGHT. If Young Gun Silver Fox were a glass of wine, I would say they have hints of Steely Dan, Prince and Michael Jackson. Great musicality that lingers on the palate, and good legs. Very quaffable!
If you weren't one of the lucky few who got to see Muse at a more intimate venue last year then catch them at the cavernous MSG. The show is sold out but you can get tickets in the resale market starting at $99 for the nosebleed seats.
Dammit - I would love to see this Irish band again. They were terrific at Irving Plaza last year, but I already got my ticket for Muse. Honestly, save yourself $$$'s and go and see this up and coming band at Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom instead.
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from The Hollies and Crosby Stills & Nash presents Sixty Years of Songs and Stories at City Winery.
I heard Syml on Guy Garvey's Finest Hour radio show (they are creative collaborators) and love his dreamy, laid-back vibe and stellar piano playing.
Barry Manilow put on an old-school musical spectacular, complete with 40-piece orchestra and a segment showcasing his new Broadway show, Harmony. The lively crowd were clearly massive Fanilows and joined in with many of Manilow’s legendary hits and not-so-hits, waving their glow-sticks in time to the music. A good time was had by all, and no fights broke out in the cheap seats.
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The Feelies formed in New Jersey in 1976 and disbanded in 1992 having released four albums. Although not commercially successful, the Feelies had an influence on the development of American indie rock. Their first album, Crazy Rhythms (1980) was cited by R.E.M. as influencing their sound. (Wikipedia). Go see them at Brooklyn Made.
The British goth band previewed their 2023 album Songs Of A Lost World and played classic numbers from their outstanding back catalogue.
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Gallagher brought his new single "Easy Now" to the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage. Noel was joined by seven-time Grammy nominated rockers Garbage ("Stupid Girl", "I'm only happy when it rains", etc.)
The Smiths Tribute put on a brilliant live show. They delivered a crowd-pleasing setlist consisting of all the seminal indie band's hits and one or two deep cuts.
I simply cannot understand why The Baxbys are not huge. 1,074 monthly listeners is a crime. Let's put this right, people!
My favourite NYC music venue, as long as the weather is good. I bought tickets just to see Fontaines DC who were great, but Arctic Monkeys impressed me with their musicianship and stage presence.
I didn't go (I was at Fontaines DC) but my family had a good time.
"One of the most uncompromising bands, Michael Gira's Swans make music that alternates between bleak, brutal noise-rock and dark, ambient, moody folk coupled with intense live performances." Blimey! My ear-drums are still ringing after their LOUD noise-rock performance.
Ok, so it's not quite the real thing, but it's the nearest you're going to get in this world. Tickets very pricey, so probably one for die-hard Queen fans.
I've never seen The Mission but I feel I am becoming more and more goth as I get older. The Mission was formed in 1986 by guitarist/singer Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams, who both left the Sisters of Mercy to do so. I can't wait to see them at the slightly seedy and cool LPR on Bleeker Street.
Full of hubris, as usual, Morrissey is attempting to fill the cavernous United Palace four times over and at sky-high prices. It will be interesting to see if his fan base is as large and loyal as it used to be. And do they have that much spare cash?
The April show sold out in seconds so DM fan get a second chance to get tickets when they return to NY in October, and at a more reasonable price. Plenty of tickets available for the Barclays Centre show so no need to go to the resale market (yet). MSG show is close to sold out.depeche mode dot com
Darlings of the UK indie scene, Yard Act will be playing the slightly off-kilter Warsaw venue in Brooklyn.
Just Give Me A Reason? P!nk flew on a wire over London's Hyde Park and that is good enough for me. Her ultra-high energy show is sure to raise the roof at MSG.
Another Guy Garvey recommendation, Hänlyn has a stunning voice and a great new album. Get in on the ground floor while she still has a relatively small following (160k monthly listeners). Tickets at the Mercury Lounge are a very reasonable $14 + fees.
Slothrust (pronounced Sloth Rust) delivered a visceral performance at the Terminal 5 venue in the Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood of Manhattan. I'm not sure that this recording captures the full energy and emotion of their performance, and suffers a bit from the usual chatterers and a poor unfortunate who passed out just in front of me and couldn't stop apologizing most of the way through Crockpot.
Great times at the Bowery Ballroom. The murky Londoners delivered their trademark brand of out of tune, out of time grungegaze sounds.
Rufus and Martha returned for another "Not So Silent Night" festive family concert at distinctly not-family-friendly prices at the Town Hall this December. The stage was crammed with Wainwright family aunts, uncles and cousins and their friends, including the amazing Gail Ann Dorsey, Chaim Tannenbaum and Nora Jones.
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