Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, September 3, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 36
Rufus Wainwright gives emotional, complex performance
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Rufus Wainwright gives emotional, complex performance

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Rufus Wainwright
August 25
Paramount Theatre


It's rare to witness Rufus Wainwright struggle through a live performance - he's a perfectionist and an immensely skilled musician who always delivers a flawless concert. But at the Paramount Theatre last week, the singer-songwriter faced a few challenges on the final date of his latest tour, having to pull himself together and finish the show on a somber yet triumphant note.

Wainwright began the night, which was split into two halves, by marching slowly, silently, and directly to a piano at center stage. The audience was asked to hold their applause until the completion of the first act, which was a run-through of all 12 tracks from his newest album All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, played in continuity with barely a pause.

Dressed in a flamboyant black cape with feathers, glitter, and ruffles by designer Zaldy - the designer known for stitching together Lady GaGa's outlandish outfits - Wainwright dazzled on several Lulu numbers, including the opening piece "Who Are You, New York?" and "Martha," a song written about his own sister, who made an appearance later in the evening.

"The Dream" was rather intense, while "Zebulon" was uplifting. Overall, the show's first half was odd and not as illuminating as I imagined it would be - the background images by visual artist Douglas Gordon, a series of blinking and crying pupils in microscopic view, was more of a distraction than an accompaniment to Wainwright's acoustic piano and vocal execution. I appreciated the artistic bend that Wainwright was going for, though it was bizarre and unenticing.

After a 15-minute intermission, the second half of the concert started with Wainwright strolling out in an orange two-piece suit and playing "Beauty Mark" from his self-titled debut. Free to applaud and cheer to their hearts' content, the crowd enthusiastically welcomed his more familiar work, which included a lovely rendition of "Grey Gardens" and stunning versions of a pair of standouts off Want Two, "This Love Affair" and "The Art Teacher."

Younger sister Martha Wainwright, who supported Rufus as an opening act for this tour, reappeared for duets on a few songs, including a sensual cover of the Josephine Baker classic "Nuits de Miami" and another French gem, "Complainte de la Butte" (translation: complaint of the butt), spurring Wainwright to joke, "Which is common here in Seattle with all these hills." Though not as startling as kd lang's version, his rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" was beautiful and grand.

"This is the greatest tour I've ever been on," exclaimed the older Wainwright to his sister, and thus began a gradual breakdown. "This was my mother's favorite thing to see us do - sing together," he said, weeping. His mother, folk singer Kate McGarrigle, passed away earlier this year, and combined with tour fatigue, this took its toll on Wainwright in the last segment of the program.

He battled through "Little Sister," sniffling and trying his best to clear a stuffed-up nose, and he comically re-booted "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" following a slight burp, or as he put it, "coughing up rice." "Going to a Town" was riveting, and it received the biggest reaction from those who remained in the theater (some left after the first act).

By the time Wainwright got to a cover of "The Walking Song," written by his mom, he was in tears and paused twice with his head down, sounding totally congested. But he pulled through, wrapping up the song and leaving the stage to thunderous cheers.

Rufus Wainwright has had better nights in Seattle, and he's likely to return in the coming year with his self-composed opera Prima Donna. This performance was not a disaster by any means - the intimacy of the show and song selection were superb - but it didn't represent what he's truly capable of doing: blowing us away.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Five acts to catch at Bumbershoot
------------------------------
Asian Pacific Islander Pageant returns to Seattle
------------------------------
Cho-Dependent a hilarious night of comedy and music
------------------------------
Drag superstar Varla Jean Merman spends an evening in Seattle
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: John Hiatt rocks Zoo Tunes
------------------------------
Bizet's Carmen gives tired opera another chance
------------------------------
Rufus Wainwright gives emotional, complex performance
------------------------------
Tripping the light fantastic: An interview with Burn the Floor's Gary Wright
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Fantasy Swan crashes into reality
------------------------------
Bloody Machete goes back to the grindhouse
------------------------------
The Last Exorcism doesn't close the deal
------------------------------

------------------------------
Scissor Sisters, Dierks Bentley, Arcade Fire top September concerts
------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Moondoggies look forward to playing Bumbershoot
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
Scissor Sisters interview with Seattle Gay News next week
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2010

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News