D.O.A. at Club Europa
D.O.A. played their "Final NYC Show" at Club Europa. Then an hour later they played a secret show at The Grand Victory. Sure, why not? Actually, that's the same thing The Dwarves did two weeks earlier. I think both shows were put on by Scenic Presents. Okay, I get the hint.
This was probably the tightest performance I've seen from D.O.A. While they did do one new song (about the Trayvon Martin case I believe) they mostly stuck to "The Classics". Maybe it is because they have played them so many times over the years but they nailed every single one and the audience loved it. Maybe it's because they were giving the audience exactly what they wanted, hmmm?
The Dwarves at le Poisson Rouge
So here is the story of how Blag Dahlia ended up sitting on my face. Actually, your imagination is probably more interesting than the real story so feel free to stop reading.
The real story is just this. He was crowdsurfing as lead singers are wont to do (especially when they have wireless mics) and was moving or being moved back towards the stage. I was standing right near the stage, no surprise there, I'm a photographer. He came towards the stage with his legs apart and I kind of reacted too slowly. I got trapped, tried to move away but the stage was right there, and ended up bent backwards over a monitor on the stage with this guy half-standing over me. He skeedaddled real quickly.
Thank goodness I didn't get sat on by He Who Can Not Be Named.
Now, I hadn't stretched before the show. Honestly I'm not sure that I have ever stretched before a show. Bending that far backwards wasn't too comfortable but I suvived. For that matter I kept shooting. It was no big deal. However I was sore enough after the show (for various reasons, almost as many as there were audience members) that I skipped their "secret" show at The Grand Victory later that night. That'll, uh, show them?