Sean Lennon - Live at the Bluebird Theater
w/ Woman & Children and Kamila Thompson
Despite being a little under the weather I made it to the Sean Lennon show at the Bluebird
A band called Women and Children opened the show, their sound was unique and unusual... a little old school Gothic, a touch of rockabilly, and reminiscent of the Velvet Underground featuring Nico. Lennon came on stage and joined the band for the last song of their set. It was a very cool guest star/rock star moment. Lennon added a few moans and some fancy guitar licks on the gorgeous but haunting last song.
Kamila Thompson was the second act. She appeared on stage with a pink guitar, a good sense a humor, and solo acoustic. After two or three songs she was joined on stage by members of Lennon's band. Thompson (the daughter of folk rockers Richard & Linda Thompson), is working on her debut album due sometime this year. She is cute, English, good voice, decent lyrics, but after a few songs I was a little bored with her. Artist like her are a dime a dozen, and although I appreciate and even adore a number of them, their has to be something special to separate yourself from the pack.
Sean Lennon was welcomed to the stage with very enthusiastic applause. I was a little surprised by the spirited and vocal audience. Lennon wore white jeans, white shirt, red tie, a hat and sports coat that looked like it was straight off the thrift store racks. He wore big glasses that are so uncool they were cool. He looked like anything but a baby faced pretty boy- which I think some expected. His voice was absolutely amazing! He sounded just as good if not better than he does on cd. His band was tight, and they sounded crisp and clean. So clean that I wish they would've expanded on his sound a little more. If I had one complaint, it was that he didn't seem to spread his wings and really let go.
He did do a few guitar tricks and one or two extended jams, but he played very few songs from his first album which showcased a wider range of musical styles. When someone in the audience yelled "Cowboy Trilogy Part One", Lennon replied "that's too hard to play."
Overall, it was a very good show, and good rock star banter between songs. He touched on everything from beer, to Alec Baldwin, to his mom (Yoko Ono- who was in attendance), to inventing new catch phrases-"you go boyfriend!"
Sean Lennon= B+ /Women & Children= B /Kamila Thompson= C
Overall Grade B