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Thursday, October 11, 2007

PJ HARVEY Graces the Beacon Theatre


Polly Jean Harvey graced the legendary Beacon Theatre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan last night, turning in her typically flawless live performance. She was simply breathtaking, at times playing an upright piano, other times rocking the antique venue with a solo electric guitar, and other times banging away on a cymbal, howling, backed by a distorted electro-sample loop. It would be a disgrace not to mention the other instruments utilized by Polly's extraordinary talent - harmonica, mini-harp, acoustic guitar, and her painstakingly phenomenal voice.


It was quite perfect that she bookended her show with a live Nina Simone recording. After all, Nina did play the Beacon in her final touring days. It was ominous, haunting and unforgettable to hear Nina's voice in this venue, not unlike PJ's performance itself.


Here is PJ's setlist at Beacon Theatre:

To Bring You My Love
Send His Love To Me
When Under Ether
The Devil
White Chalk
Mansize
Angelene
My Beautiful Leah
Nina in Ecstasy
Electric Light
Shame
Snake
Big Exit
Down By the Water
Grow, Grow, Grow
The Mountain
Silence

encore:

Rid of Me
Water
The Piano
The Desperate Kingdom of Love


-All photos by Scot Bowman

3 comments:

Hatty said...

Hi

Does anyone know what the name of the Nina Simone song played at the beginning of the set was?

hatty said...

Come on guys in every review I've read nina simone is mentioned apparently she "bookended" her show in london with the same song, What is it? I really want to know!!

Terence trent Darby said...

Hey Hatty, I really want to know too.Love Polly and Nina someone out there must know and be willing to share.