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Psychedelic Furs at Roseland Ballroom.

The Psychedelic Furs at Roseland Ballroom, NYC on Friday night. You can see the full set here. (Yes, the Happy Mondays were there too!)

A little Anna-side-project trivia: I’m a big Furs fan. I started Burned Down Days almost 10 years ago, when they reunited after a nearly decade-long break.

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  • Reply The Countess of Nassau County October 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Holy take me back to HS!!!

    If only I knew. I can’t even find a radio station that’s heard of this band. So jealous.

  • Reply DiP October 11, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I should have stayed up front….
    Great pix! Even caught him mid-head slap!

  • Reply PerfectlyDisgraceful October 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I love the Furs! I saw them in Philly back in…um….must have been 1987 or 1988. Now I must go find my old albums.

  • Reply amy October 11, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I think I am more jealous about this than yr gorgeous home!

  • Reply iris October 11, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Did Islands open that show?
    My roommate is in that band. I hope you liked it, we miss him!

  • Reply alexandra keller October 11, 2009 at 11:11 am

    love the Furs. ah the 80s

  • Reply lau October 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    great photos, anna! i’m amazed at how crisp these are in low light. gorgeous!

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Iris, yes, Islands opened. They sounded good, but they didn’t seem very happy to be there. I wish they hadn’t started their set by calling the audience “a bunch of fucking wallflowers “. :

  • Reply ahj October 11, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Sometimes British bands get very annoyed that US audiences aren’t as uninhibited as British audiences. Brits have zero inhibitions once the live music starts.

    I am a huge Happy Mondays fan, but after seeing (and hearing, ugh) some recent concert footage, I wasn’t interested in seeing this tour. Ah well.

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 11, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Islands are from Canada, so I think that theory is out…

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 11, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    (Unless you meant the Furs? But they’ve been based in the U.S. for more than 20 years now…)

  • Reply cuppy October 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I would still marry Richard Butler in 2.4 seconds.

    He is so incredibly beautiful.

  • Reply suzanne October 11, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    it never ceases to amaze me how similar our tastes are! i was there too, great show! thanks for sharing your photos. : )

  • Reply Down Pillow October 12, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Sounds like a fun show. Isn’t live music just the best ? 🙂

  • Reply elisabeth October 12, 2009 at 8:17 am

    To the Countess of Nassau County —back in the day in Nassau County, WLIR used to play the Furs, but alas no more. Try, an internet radio station, where you can have only the music you want to hear played for you.

  • Reply AHJ October 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Oh really? Oops. Yes, that theory is out. Islands were just rude, I guess. Opening band angst!

  • Reply Hollene October 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I saw the show a few weeks ago at the House of Blues, Dallas! Shawn Ryder looked completely embarrassed to be on stage, but their new female singer sang like a star!

    The Furs were so good and totally transcendent — I closed my eyes and was 15 again! {Sigh.}

  • Reply Pam October 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Anna, did they play Heaven? It was always my favourite. Whenever I hear it now, I close my eyes and sing as though I’m fourteen again, at a dance in the school gymnasium. The 80’s just felt…special.

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 14, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Hollene, her name is Julie Gordon, and yes — she is FANTASTIC!

    Pam, yes, they played Heaven. 🙂

  • Reply laura @ the shorehouse October 14, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Back in college I was at a Love Spit Love show at the Wetlands (remember that place?!) proclaiming my love for Richard Butler to my friend. Next thing I heard was “why, thank you!” Busted. But I was a very happy busted. 🙂

  • Reply neverwhere October 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Great pics. I nearly died when Richard reached down and grabbed my hand. That moment was just perfect! So made my night.

    The Islands were complaining that it was early and NO ONE was there saying it was like a high school dance and we were all a bunch of wallflowers. I didnt take it too personally. They’re a great live band, but I definitely prefer their earlier music.

    And I have to agree, no one was there, and most people were barely paying attention to the band. At least my friends and I came out for them, as we’re all huge fans.

  • Reply Richard October 21, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Love the photos! It was a great show. Would have loved to stay til the end.

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