Thursday, December 14, 2006

Peaches, Whitey, Jeffree Star at the Avalon

Warning! This review is not for the faint of heart. Another Hollywood Palladium show I remember going to was And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead, Queens of the Stone Age, and Peaches. At that point, I had never heard of Peaches and was quite shocked by her performance back then. I had seen her a couple of times opening for the amazing summer tour of Nine Inch Nails and Bauhaus and found myself being haunted by her and her seductive synth bass lines. Not many bands can rock the vaunted Keytar like the Peaches crew. But I digress, Jeffree Star opened the show with a shocking set similar to that of Peaches but relied on more shock than rock. One would think that you couldn't out shock Peaches at her game, but Jeffree Star managed to do that. With song titles that can't be typed here on this family approved site, Jeffree had some of the audience fooled and asking whether it was a guy or a girl. Without getting into too much detail, check out his website if you are that curious. Whitey came on next and provided a solid electro/rock set similar to that of the Rakes with a smidge of the Strokes, and a sprinkle of synths. Hailing from the U.K., they played a solid set but after being scared/scarred by Jeffree Star... one would think they should have switched slots on the tour. The red curtain dropped and Peaches was about to hit the stage. When I started to hear the classic keyboard line of "The Final Countdown" by Europe... I knew the spectacle was about to begin. Peaches has incredible stage energy and lots of charisma. If you look past the raunchy lyrics, the songs are extremely well crafted. The funny part is she used to be a music teacher in Canada!! As I mentioned, not many bands can rock one keytar let alone two keytars!! Her backing band contains the talented Sam Maloney(Hole,Motley Crue) and JD Samson of Le Tigre fame. The highlight for me was when Peaches came out rocking to the Roland MC-909. She even used the D-Beam feature of the 909 to simulate a theremin! After whipping the crowd into a frenzy, Peaches and the Herms took a bow with a repeat perfomance scheduled for the next night.

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