Again, another first show for me and another grand slam. Rufus Wainwright and his full eight piece band put on a thoroughly enjoyable night, full of big band jams, solo voice and piano songs, voice overs provided by audience members, and even a drag show! He played every song from the Release The Stars, plus some added pluses from both Want One, Want Two. His voice was spot on, but what else can you expect from Rufus? And the presnece he has onstage is just uncanny. From the first song straight on through, Rufus would stare intently out at the audience and then suddenly become so enthralled by the music, he would close his eyes and point his head towards the heavens. The whole show, you knew he was feeling every single word he sang completely. And the man is just ridiculously talented. Seriously. There are few artists out there who can even come close to the music he writes. Great, great, great night.
Highlights were actually mostly from Want One: 14th Street, Beautiful Child, and I Don't Know What It Is. And from Release the Stars: Slideshow, Between My Legs, and Release The Stars. But, like for any truly amazing show, I really want to write EVERY song as a hgighlight!!!
And a quick note on Rufus's costume changes. He began the show in a white suit embellished with rhinestone bling EVERYWHERE. I was thinking that he could not get anymore fabulous. But then he appears for the second set in his custom made leiderhosen. I don't think I've ever used the word sexy to describe leiderhosen before, but it was more than appropriate here. And finally for the encore, Rufus plays the first three songs in a white plush bathrobe while we in the audience are just DYING to see what's underneath. As he transitions to the next song, we wait patiently as he sits in a chair at the edge of the stage and dons two fabulously sparkly earrings and the reddest lipstick you have ever seen. Then his band, who are all now in black suits with pink shirts, help Rufus lose the robe, and underneath he is wearing Judy Garland's black jacket, hat and tights!!! The band did a full choreographed drag show to "Come on, Get Happy!" and then stayed in costume appropriately for the "The Gay Messiah." Fabulous, Fabulous, FABULOUS!!!
It was very cool to hear The Magic Numbers live. I loved their first album and am now ispired to go buy the second. Such a fun, bouncy sound... totally got me in the mood for Rufus.
*Release the Stars
*Going To A Town
*Rules and Regulations
*The Art Teacher
*Leaving for Paris No. 2
*Between My Legs
*Harvester of Hearts
*Do I Disappoint You
*A Foggy Day - Gershwin & Gershwin**
*If Love Were - Coward**
*Nobody's Off The Hook
*Not Ready To Love
*Macushla (Traditional Irish Song)
*I Don't Know What It Is
*Complainte de la Butte
*Come On, Get Happy
**Samples from Rufus's Judy Garland shows.