I'll Wear Any Color As Long As It's Black

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on September 29, 2009


I have seen the Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform at a number of venues, in a number of cities, since I first had the luck of catching their “secret” show at Luxx in Williamsburg (now Trash Bar) way back in 2002. I always think about that show whenever I think about the band because it was right around the time they started making waves in the NYC music scene, thus the idea of doing a secret show for friends was already necessary because playing bigger venues was starting to become routine for them. After the show, I heard people talking shit like, “They were so much better when Karen was drunk and forgetting the lyrics, they’re too serious now, they’re over,” etc. Obviously all these people were just bitter. The YYYs only get better with every album and every tour. Karen has always had an amazing stage presence, but I think now with the crazy costumes and stage setups and ability to run off stage and change into something else for certain songs — this only adds to their performance, mostly because it really looks like Karen is loving it. The YYYs are definitely one of the only bands I have ever seen where the entire band consistently looks happy to be on stage. Their enjoyment lasts throughout the performance and even if it’s an act — who cares? There’s nothing more depressing than a huge show and a band that just stands there in the shadows looking pissed that all their dreams came true.

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  1. amanda said, on September 29, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    well said. i got to see them at the fillmore in SF early 04 and was blown away..hoping i can catch them again soon. always a fan of Karen’s outfits

  2. Jeralyn said, on September 29, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    She REALLY killed it outfit-wise. Came out in some crazy cape and headpiece, then later put on a cape with some sort of shrimp? or something and glitter, then a crazy Native American cloak/cape thing… after that she put on that sick leather jacket with all the studs and her initials on the back… and then for the encore she came out wearing a pink mask that lit up under the black light. CRAZY. So good though.

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