It's been a busy week for rock in New York City, as the Ben Folds Five played its first show in the city in a dozen years, Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash paid a visit and Green Day played a club. DJ Eric Holland filed the following Sound Advice report for NY1.
Green Day at Irving Plaza -- surely you can’t be serious? They were serious, playing two-and-a-half-hours of material, 38 songs as part of an event put on by Nokia and AT&T to launch Nokia Music, a new music streaming service. It was a masterful display of fierce, riveting, punk-based rock from a band that fills arena in a thousand-person capacity club.
With swagger and chops, Green Day unleashed a half-dozen songs from their forthcoming trilogy "Uno, Dos, Tre" and toured the catalog they have been creating since 15-year-old boys Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt joined forces 25 years ago. "Uno" comes out next week and the band will be back for a show in Brooklyn in January.
There was a buzz in the air at Central Park on Friday as the Ben Folds Five, all three members, have reunited, and made their first appearance in the city in 12 years at Rumsey Playfield. The chemistry, creativity and humor that fans remember was on display.
Ben looked familiar in his black frames and yellow t-shirt while pounding his keys through crowd favorites and introducing material from the Five's first album since 1999, "The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind," which was released yesterday.
If that's not enough rock for you, guitarist Slash, whose resume includes Guns 'N Roses and Velvet Revolver, turned up at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday night in support of his new album with singer Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, "Apocalyptic Love."