Thanks again, MyFreeConcert. I saw a post about a free private Rolling Stones show for none other than Grace Potter & the Nocturnals at Irving Plaza, and I immediately sent my RSVP in (and instructed my friends to do the same). I also learned about a meet-and-greet with a small acoustic set at Best Buy across the street, so I was ready for a full day of GPN!
The band played (sans Matty) “Parachute Heart,” “Stars,” and “Never Go Back.” It was great meeting the band, if only for a minute. Benny was so sweet after I told him I loved his solo album, This is the Future. (If you haven’t heard it, listen immediately.) He seemed surprised that I had heard about it and told me that it would be out in vinyl soon (so GET IT). I made my way over to Irving Plaza post-signing and found out NONE of my friends would be joining. Wah-wah. Their loss! I scored a front-row spot, just right of center.
The band came on just a little after 9:30 and played past 11. It was my first time hearing material from their new album live, except for a few songs played during their Storytellers taping that I was lucky enough to go to. They KILLED it. Stand-outs include “The Divide,” “Oasis,” “Parachute Heart,” and “Turntable.” “Turntable,” especially because Grace crawled on the stage toward us in the front row and asked us to be her RCA cable. Be still, my lady-crushing heart.
They played a great mix of old favorites and new, and they came back with an encore of “White Rabbit,” “Nothing But the Water I & II,” and “Happy” by the Rolling Stones. And I managed to snag a pick thrown from Grace herself. Perfect way to end the night.
The Lion, The Beat, The Beast
Never Go Back
Stop the Bus
One Heart Missing
Paris (Ooh La La)
Nothing But the Water I and II
Happy (Rolling Stones)