Tour Of The Universe - Tour Blog
New York City (2)
date posted: August 10th, 2009
Slowly recovering from two nights at Madison Square Garden. A couple of really great days was had in the city that never sleeps (it just gets kinda moody and quiet for a couple of hours).
So different being here compared to Europe. Being a union hall, there are very strict rules about who can do what when at MSG, which had some - for me - rather unexpected consequences. On the day of the first show, stage construction came to a grinding halt for exactly one hour at 1pm, which is normally crunch time. No one was allowed to do anything. This phenomena, lovingly called "dark stage" on the schedule, was repeated between 7 and 8pm, which left support band Peter, Bjorn & John with all of 25 minutes to play. Just one of those things, I suppose.
The band did a nice long soundcheck on Monday, rehearsing "In Sympathy" and "Miles Away", along with a few show regulars, such as "Walking In My Shoes". Still weirds me out seeing the band play to a crowd of maybe 10 people. Very nice. "Miles Away" of course ended up being added to the set for the Tuesday show, while "In Sympathy" is apparently being held back for now. Both tracks sounded great.
The atmosphere on the tour is simply fantastic at the moment. The band all had various family members come out to New York, and Jonathan Kessler celebrated his birthday while here, complete with a great big birthday cake and all.
There were so many people at the after show party, that I almost certainly missed a whole bunch of people, but I did spot Kap10kurt (who you will know from the "Sounds Of The Universe" live session that's on the box set DVD), Sune Wagner of The Raveonettes (new album dropping soon - "In And Out Of Control"), the guys from La Roux, Graham Finn (from Dave's Hourglass band) and a whole bunch of other people. Oh, and we mustn't forget the living Mode legends Ginger and Franksy.
The shows were amazing. The roughly 18.000 audience members got so loud it easily rivaled some of 40k+ shows in Europe. Sure being in-doors helps, but still, I was incredibly impressed. And maybe it was just me, but I do think being back in his adopted home town made Dave go for it a bit more. Made for some very entertaining shows.
It's a shame we weren't able to film any of it (one of those union regulations things), but hopefully some more photos kind of makes up for it.
After a couple of days off in New York, the band are moving on to Chicago to play Lollapalooza, and then it's on to the west coast!
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Blog #1: Somewhere over Germany
Blog #2: Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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Blog #4: Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Blog #5: Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Blog #6: Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Blog #7: Olympiastadion, Berlin
Blog #8: Somewhere in Germany...
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Blog #10: Bratislava
Blog #11: Budapest
Blog #12: Leaving Prague...
Blog #13: Copenhagen
Blog #14: Hamburg
Blog #15: Carcassonne
Blog #16: Toronto
Blog #17: Boston
Blog #18: Atlantic City
Blog #19: New York City (1)
Blog #20: New York City (2)
Blog #21: Seattle
Blog #23: Las Vegas - August 22nd
Blog #24: Phoenix - August 23rd
Blog #25: Salt Lake City - August 25th
Blog #26: Denver - August 27th
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Blog #28: Atlanta - September 1st
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Blog #30: Guadalajara - October 1st
Blog #31: Mexico City - October 4th
Blog #32: Monterrey - October 7th
Blog #33: Bogota - October 10th
Blog #34: Lima - October 13th
Blog #35: Santiago - October 15th
Blog #36: Buenos Aires - October 17th
Blog #37: Oberhausen - October 31st
Blog #38: Bremen - November 1st
Blog #39: Hannover - November 3rd
Blog #40: Mannheim - November 7th
Blog #41: Stuttgart - November 8th
Blog #42: Geneva - November 10th
Blog #43: Valencia - November 12th
Blog #44: Lisbon - November 14th
Blog #45: Madrid - November 17th
Blog #46: Barcelona (1) - November 20th
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Blog #48: Lyon - November 23rd
Blog #49: Italy - November 25th and 26th
Blog #50: Erfurt - November 28th
Blog #51: Rotterdam - November 30th
Blog #52: Nuremberg - December 1st
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Blog #55: Dublin - December 10th
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Blog #60: Manchester - December 18th
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Blog #64: Lieven - January 17th
Blog #65: Paris - January 19th
Blog #66: Paris - January 20th
Blog #67: Antwerp - January 23rd
Blog #68: Malmo - January 25th
Blog #69: Gothenburg - January 26th
Blog #70: Bergen - January 29th
Blog #71: Stockholm - January 31st
Blog #72: Helsinki - February 2nd
Blog #73: St. Petersburg - February 4th
Blog #74: Moscow - February 6th
Blog #75: Kiev - February 8th
Blog #76: Lodz - February 10th
Blog #77: Lodz - February 11th
Blog #79: The O2, London - February 20th
Blog #80: Horsens (1) - February 22nd
Blog #81: Horsens (2) - February 23rd
Blog #82: Dusseldorf - February 26th
Blog #83: Dusseldorf (2) - February 27th
Blog #84: Echo Awards - March 4th
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