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Published on January 3rd, 2011 | by Alicia

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The Dandy Warhols Rock San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom

The Dandy Warhols rocked out at San Fran­cis­co’s Re­gen­cy Ball­room on De­cem­ber 11, 2010, in sup­port of their al­bum The Capi­tol Years 1995 – 2007, a best-of col­lec­tion of the mu­sic they made while with Capi­tol Records (their 2008 al­bum …Earth to The Dandy Warhols… was is­sued in­de­pen­dent­ly). The sec­ond-to-last show of their tour, the tour start­ed in Eu­rope in Ju­ly and ends in their home­town of Port­land. The band played like they have this con­cert thing down.

The show opened with the fan­tas­ti­cal­ly psychedel­ic “Ni­et­zsche,” with the band mys­te­ri­ous­ly ob­scured in a haze of fog and dim stage lights, bring­ing out urge to do some drugs, man. To be sure, the smell of pot was pre­sent through­out the con­cert. The song, al­most 6 min­utes long, gave the au­di­ence a chance to study the band and the stage. Some­what cu­ri­ous­ly, the band mem­bers were lined up even­ly in a row, with the sexy and en­er­get­ic Zia Mc­Cabe sport­ing a be­com­ing metal­lic head­band that caught the stage lights. Mc­Cabe fre­quent­ly jumped up and down and danced to the mu­sic, in­ject­ing some much need­ed en­er­gy in­to the band mem­bers. No longer con­fined to the tam­bourine as in the Dandy’s ear­ly days, Mc­Cabe al­so plays key­boards and syn­the­siz­ers. Next to her was drum­mer and back­up vo­cal­ist Brent De Boer, who as far as I could ob­serve did not in­ter­act with the crowd at any point in the show. Play­ing next to him was the tall and strap­ping lead singer Court­ney Tay­lor-Tay­lor, fol­lowed by gui­tarist Pe­ter Holm­ström, who seemed per­fect­ly con­tent to have his face hid­den in the shad­ows of his cap­tain’s hat for the show’s en­tire­ty.

The Dandy Warhols had a great stage, with Chi­nese lanterns of var­i­ous sizes hang­ing from the ceil­ing at var­i­ous lengths de­liv­er­ing the light show, al­ter­nate­ly light­ing up as ap­pro­pri­ate to com­pli­ment the songs. The spot­light was typ­i­cal­ly cen­tered on Tay­lor-Tay­lor. A huge Dandy Warhols tapestry pro­vid­ed the back­drop.

With “Ni­et­zsche” re­ceiv­ing a hearty round of cheers and ap­plause from the crowd, the band switched gears to play two of their hits, “We Used to Be Friends” and “Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth,” rous­ing the crowd af­ter the dreamy open­ing num­ber. That pret­ty much summed up the con­cert’s for­mu­la: The Dandys play­ing their catchy, up­beat tunes, in­ter­spersed with their far more stir­ring and af­fec­tive psychedel­ic tracks, such a mes­mer­iz­ing per­for­mance of “(You Come In) Burned,” which Tay­lor-Tay­lor knocked out of the park with his vo­cal-ac­com­pa­ny­ing stand-up drum play­ing. Sure, af­ter a while a lot of their up­beat songs start­ed sound­ing the same with slight vari­a­tions, but they’ve found a good for­mu­la, dammit.

About halfway through the show, Tay­lor-Tay­lor gave a shout out to San Fran­cis­co res­i­dent Joel Gion, tam­bourine play­er for the Bri­an Jon­estown Mas­sacre, invit­ing him to join them on stage to play their next num­ber. Af­ter the in­fa­mous falling out be­tween The Dandy Warhols and Bri­an Jon­estown Mas­sacre, chron­i­cled in the doc­u­men­tary “Dig!,” Gion has re­mained friend­ly with the Dandys. With no move­ment from the crowd, Tay­lor-Tay­lor ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment in Gion’s ab­sence and the show went on.

The show not sold out, the crowd large­ly con­sist­ed of hard­core Dandy fans. What con­cert is com­plete with­out the biggest fan of all, sport­ing a tie-dyed shirt and fro of curls, who sang along to ev­ery song and en­thu­si­as­ti­cal­ly waved his arms and ges­tured with his hands to the air, in sync with the mu­sic. Some fans just couldn’t help but gig­gle at his un­abashed ex­cite­ment. At one point the uber fan yelled, “We love you!,” when Court­ney-Court­ney paused while talk­ing to the crowd, which gar­nered some loud cheers from the crowd.

One of the band’s last songs was the Christ­mas clas­sic “Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy,” com­plete with ac­com­pa­ny­ing green and red stage lights, which had a ques­tion­able cool­ness fac­tor. Mc­Cabe ex­plained it is a Dandy tra­di­tion to play the song at Christ­mas­time, so I guess that’s okay.

While the band may have been a bit low en­er­gy, with the ex­cep­tion of Mc­Cabe (who, in­ci­den­tal­ly, had her fair share of male ad­mir­ers long­ing­ly shout­ing out her name through­out the show), the Dandys played a non­stop two-hour show of their best songs through the years, punc­tu­at­ed with some fun­ny com­men­tary from Tay­lor-Tay­lor and Mc­Cabe. For $27 at the door, not a bad deal at all. Just don’t ex­pect an en­core; the Dandy Warhols don’t have time for that.


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