A rare Tuesday night concert in Shanghai. Openers were French new wave cover band Nouvelle Vague. The Shanghaiist discription was that they played New Wave and punk covers – but in more of a bossa nove fashion. And I thought: AWESOME.
So the venue was Mao Livehouse – which was nice and convenient.
More after the jump
Nouvelle Vague was excellent. They had two dueling lead singers (apparently they have a rotation) – and they covered excellent tunes, including songs from The Clash (Guns of Brixton), Dead Kennedys (Too Drunk to), The Violent Femmes (Blister in the Sun), The Sex Pistols (God Save the Queen), New Order (Blue Monday), Blondie (Rapture) and some other French and Spanish new wave stuff. They didn’t just cover the tunes, they put their own spin on each – a breathy, bossa nova or downbeat spin – and the lead singers with so much stage presence. I would gladly gladly have paid just to see them – or to see them headline a show.
Someone has already put up a number of Nouvelle Vague tracks from the show on tudou.
Here’s them performing Depeche Mode’s ‘Master and Servant’
New Order ‘Blue Monday’
However – American rock band Eels were the headliner and who a lot of people came to see (I say this because apparently a lot of Europeans – especially French) came to see Nouvelle Vague.
And then about 3 minutes after Nouvelle Vague left the stage – they flashed THIS message up on the screen. Yep – Eels wouldn’t be on until MIDNIGHT.
This being a school night, I went to bed. When I woke up I saw this text:
Waited until 12:30 then they cancelled the show. But got money back
Yeah, good call on going home at 11am. This morning, in my email, I got this:
Firstly, please accept our sincere apologies for the cancellation of the Eels concert at Mao Livehouse.
The official line is that the equipment didn’t arrive in time and the band was unable to play… although we suppose you already know that.
Ticket refunds were being offered at the venue on the night of the show, but if you didn’t manage to get your refund, we’d like to rectify that and offer you your money back along with the aforementioned apologies.
So thanks Smart Shanghai! And thanks Nouvelle Vague – you guys were awesome.