Friday, July 23, 2010

Oh I'm all getting all behind. Matron.

Last week Owen and I went to see the unpredictable Macy Gray at the Leicester Square Theatre. It was the third time we have seen her and the venues are getting smaller - Shepherds Bush Empire, IndigO2 and now the Leicester Square Theatre.
I was thrown by the support act - I read the name spelled out at the front of the stage as Tinashe. Oh thought I... a transsexual act if ever I heard one. Um... no it was Tinashé a young singer/songwriter originally from Zimbabwe. Oops. Actually him and his drummer mate made a nice sound and are definitely worth a listen.

Macy appeared in a white dress with diamonté detailing that dazzled the eye and launched straight into the Glitter-stomptastic KISSED IT from the new album The Sellout".

It got the show off to a rip-roaring start and the funky stuff didn't let up as Macy, her tight band and two delicious-voiced backing singers Mika Letts and Maiya Sykes kept it coming, love!
Macy kept letting us know that she liked being with her London sexy people *blush* but the intimate auditorium inhibited us from getting up and showing her how sexy we really were but eventually it was impossible to remain seated and all were up and giving in to Macy's crazysexycool vibe.

With a later costume change from the glamour to the practical by wearing a suit, Macy was always a hypnotic presence on stage. From the opening number with everyone on stage wearing huge afro wigs to the crazy freak-out of OBLIVION with high-kicking singers, a guy doing a Bob Dylan peeling off pages of lyrics the funky fun never stopped.

We were treated to an extended mix of songs from her first album including a glorious reggae version of STILL along with WHY DIDN'T YOU CALL ME and DO SOMETHING. She also sang GLAD YOU'RE HERE and a fierce GHETTO LOVE from the Big album, RELATING TO A PSYCHOPATH, SEXUAL REVOLUTION and SWEET BABY from The Id and from the new album we had a lovely version of THE SELLOUT, LATELY and BEAUTY IN THE WORLD. She also did her usual great cover of Radiohead's CREEP (a perfect song for her) and ended with an extended rousing version of I TRY.I hope she is back soon... nothing like some Macy Deep Soul Craziness to get your ass shaking, head nodding and singing along!

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