On the 5th of July, I went to see Blonde Redhead perform live in Hanger 11, Tel Aviv.
Summary: Disappointed. Completely agree with the review in Ynet (Hebrew).
The doors were opened at around 21:00. I guess i forgot what rock concerts are like in Tel Aviv, so I actually arrived at 21:10. Tickets were waiting in the counter. (200 NIS + 10 NIS commission, about 45$). Drank beer, and waited… and waited.
At about 22:00 Rockfour went on the stage, and wasted my time. I didn’t enjoy their show. I remember watching them about 5-6 years ago, and they were good. Maybe the stage/place was too big for them.
And then, I waited some more.
At 23:00 Blonde Redhead started their show… and my first impression was: “Hey, they use playback”. Guitars were live, Drums were live… but, they used playback for effects and additional instruments. WHY?
Their semi-live performance sounded exactly like their albums. I could just stay at home and listen to the CD. Could save me a lot of money and back ache. Stayed longer, enjoyed the songs from 23 and previous albums, including from “Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons”. Listened and swayed with the music when I had another revelation. They don’t speak. Kazu Makino said “Shalom” once, and one of the guys said: “Thank You”. Wow!
Left at midnight, about 1 hour before the show was over (according to Ynet).