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Badly Drawn Boy reprend Bruce Springsteen et Madonna à Chicago.
Posted on Dec 12th 2010 12:45PM by Garin Pirnia
Singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy, aka singer-songwriter Damon Gough, returned to Chicago Friday night (Dec. 10) for a two-hour
sold-out show of stripped-down, acoustic songs at Lincoln Hall.
Gripping an acoustic guitar and performing solo, the cheeky Brit said he tended to start his shows with sad songs because "it eases me into the evening." After beginning with the melodic 'Obvious,' Gough followed it with a cover of Richie Havens' song 'I Can't Make It Anymore.' The knit-cap wearing Gough mentioned he thought it was the best song ever written about a relationship ending and that it was special to him because Havens performed it at Woodstock in '69, the same year he was born.
The first few songs were just Gough alone onstage, but later he'd been joined by additional musicians. Before playing 'I'll Carry On,' a song he composed for the British TV show 'The Fattest Man in Britain,' an audience member laughed at the serious tone of the song. Gough replied with, "Why are you laughing you f---ing idiot? When I try and be funny, no one laughs."
His soothing vocals enhanced 'Easy Love' and the stark 'Shining' from his first record, 'The Hour of the Bewilderbeast,' then he delved into a couple from his contributions to the Hugh Grant film soundtrack 'About a Boy,' including the harmonica-fueled 'Minor Incident' and keyboard-driven 'Silent Sigh.' At the beginning of 'Sigh,' he sang a couple of verses of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' before seguing into the actual song.
"I keep forgetting I have a new album out," he said, referencing his recent release, 'It's What I'm Thinking.' He exchanged his acoustic guitar for an electric one on the groovy 'This Electric' and performed the titular song, 'It's What I'm Thinking.' "If anyone needs to use the loo, now would be a good time because this is a long one," he said.
Approaching midnight, it was time to wrap up the show. "We could go for another hour," Gough said, "but we have responsibilities." With two more songs to go, he chose the Madonna-referenced 'You Were Right,' which conjured a whistling sing-a-long from the crowd. Several requests were shouted out for the last song of the night, but Gough picked a classic to end with -- Bruce Springsteen's 'Thunder Road' -- because it inspired him as a 14-year-old. Instead of playing instruments, Gough played the track and perfectly matched his vocals up against Springsteen's. While he sang along, Gough managed to snap a photo with a fan in the front row and kept singing until Springsteen was finished.
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