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The Frames come through in more ways than one @ Henry Fonda Theatre
"The Stars Are Underground" was brilliant, and is still playing in my head, but what I was waiting for was "Revelate," and sho' nuff when it's unison bend guitar intro and searing violin lines took off the house was rockin' and everything got turned up.
The Henry Fonda Theatre
September 6th, 2007
I THE FRAMES. My hottie-boo-bubble-butt-date Kris and I saw them play a sold out show at the Henry Fonda Theatre last night to an ever so receptive and cuddly crowd. I wondered, "Could they possibly pull off another legendary live show tonight?" The troubadour Dublin 5-piece fronted by Glen Hansard, who recently garnered cinematic glory for his leading role and score in the musical Once, just came off a tour with Bob Dylan. They slid right back into their own headlining slot without a stutter, weak song, or single discernible sound glitch as it was bittersweet, warm and inviting to anyone within earshot (special thanks to the sound man for letting me peep the "top secret" set list!).
Although one of the first tunes was called "Sad Songs," the overall sensation from their set was absolute joy, at once nostalgic and sentimental, with trademark in-between-song banter from Glen; the likes of which is the most endearing and engaging stuff since Fat Mike and El Jefe exchanged jibes for NOFX. The forbidden love tale intro to "Lay Me Down" was especially special, about a good guy meets goth girl for a graveyard date where he asks, "Will you be buried next to me?", prompting a sincerely odd sigh from the lady contingent on hand.
"The Stars Are Underground" was brilliant, and is still playing in my head, but what I was waiting for was "Revelate," and sho' nuff when its unison bend guitar intro and searing violin lines took off the house was rockin' and everything and everyone got turned up. Glen's voice rang out crystal clear, strong, and remained so during the entirety of their stellar 2 hour set. Not too many bands can conduct a sing along with the whole audience, let alone a cappella, as happened twice last night during "A Caution To The Birds" and their very last song, a cover of the Pixie's "Where Is My Mind?" which Hansard said they "only play when we're in a comfortable place... this is a fucking great gig."
In true Frames' fashion, there were bits of inspired improv as well. To start the encore, violinist Colm Mac An Iomaire dedicated a solo piece titled "Blue Shoes" to Luciano Pavarotti who had passed on the day before. Followed by an acoustic duet from Glen and a random buxom blonde Angelino he pulled out of the crowd to help him harmonize on fan favorite "Falling Slowly." The girl sang like a bird, we all swooned. The luck o' the Irish is cliche, I know, but I really felt lucky to finally see The Frames perform.... it was just like Set List come to life, one of the best live albums, and rock bands, of all time.