I’m always thrilled to have an opportunity to see Gossip live, but their latest album A Joyful Noise has been an obsession of mine for the past few months, so I was more stoked than usual to see them play at Terminal 5 on Tuesday evening.
When you go to a Gossip show you not only get to experience their intense live performance but also Beth’s wit. I swear if she wasn’t a musician she would have been a comedian, we were barely a few songs in and she was cracking jokes about Jesus’ sexuality! She had on rather tight sequined strapless dress and after nearly every number she had to go and get Nathan to pull it up for her, she playfully chatted with audience about the hilariousness of this while sharing backstage stories about everything from fat jokes to squeaky shoes.
It may have just been my position but the sound was a bit questionable, and vocally I’m pretty sure the last time I saw them live she sounded better, or perhaps my ears have just become accustomed to the polished finesse of the latest album. Still, you don’t go to a Gossip show to stand there and split hairs about the sound man not doing his job well, it’s all about the energy the band radiate and that didn’t dip for a moment.
There was mix of new material from A Joyful Noise, 2009′s phenomenal Music For Men, and classics like Your Mangled Heart, Listen Up, and Standing In The Way Of Control which once again served as the encore. One of the best moments of the evening came right near the end when Beth started talking about the loss of Whitney Houston and then proceeded to launch into an acapella version of The Greatest Love Of All and was quickly joined by the rest of us in the crowd.
Bowery Presents streamed the gig live on their YouTube page so we’ve got the added bonus of HD quality footage of some of the tracks for you to feast your eyes on. If you get the opportunity to see them play live grab it with both hands, you’ll not be disappointed!