Concert Reviews

Amanda Palmer (an evening with) / Andrew O'Neill Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     May 18, 2018    
0.0 (0)
2011   0   1   0   0   0

Amanda Palmer (an evening with) / Andrew O'Neill - Town Hall, Birmingham (UK) - 06 May 2018

This was a bit different from the other times I had seen Amanda Palmer live. It was just her and a piano on stage, and that was it. Apart from the support, of course, which was comedian Andrew O'Neill, who I have also seen on numerous occasions. He came on stage wearing a white dress, not unlike the one he wore with his band The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Anything at Download in 2016. He then went on to explain some of the problems of being a transvestite after he had demonstrated how racism starts. He is always funny every time I have seen him and an excellent opener for the evening.

Andrew ONeill Live 2

At eight, Palmer came on stage armed with her customary ukulele and broke into 'In My Mind' before she then sat at the grand piano. Donald Trump naturally got a mention, and we were not really aware at that time, but it was going to be a long evening. I realised while watching, that I had not seen Palmer perform since before she had her child with husband Neil Gaiman, so that must have been three or four years at least, and marriage must suit her because she was very humorous with her comments and she also played around with her own songs to the amusement of the audience. She even said something that she never thought she would say, where she went on to explain that she was over here mainly to be with her husband who was working over here.

Amanda Palmer Live 1

The other thing that struck me was how much more powerful the music sounded being played on a grand piano. Whether she had adapted the material for the instrument I don't know, but the music came over as more complex and intricate. Among the Dresden Dolls' songs, such as 'Missed Me', 'Mrs. O', 'Coin-Operated Boy' and 'Half Jack', as well as both solo and Grand Theft Orchestra songs, there was also new material; there was 'Drowning In The Sound' and a song that I don't remember being named, but it did have the line "you've really got this death thing down" which would probably be a good title in itself.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

The most amusing, however, was 'A Mother's Confession' which was apparently a true story and had the recurring line (which Palmer got the audience to sing) "at least the baby didn't die" which should tell you everything about it. O'Neill also came back on, with a new dress, to perform 'Vegemite' with Palmer before a fifteen to twenty minute break, which had been introduced as the previous show had had people needing to leave the room for calls of nature.

Amanda Palmer Live 2

Before she returned to the stage, Palmer had a walk through the bar to tell people that she would be performing Radiohead's 'Creep', which she duly did amongst the people in the stalls. She recalled how the album with her father came about before she sang the Richard Thompson song '1952 Vincent Black Lightning', and 'Machete' was performed as a tribute to her friend Anthony, who died of cancer a few years ago. We even got a cover of The Cranberries' 'Zombie'.

Amanda Palmer Live 3

There was everything in this show – joy, sadness, humour and serious issues of today. By the end of the night, Amanda Palmer had been on for over two hours and twenty minutes, and when you consider that most of that time it was just one woman and a piano, it is testament to just how entertaining she was.

Review and photos by Andy Brailsford


Part One – 'In My Mind', 'Astronaut', 'Ampersand', 'Missed Me', 'The Killing Type', 'A Mother's Confession', 'Mrs. O', 'Drowning In The Sound', 'Vegemite' (with Andrew O'Neill).
Part Two – 'Creep', 'Coin-Operated Boy', '1952 Vincent Black Lightning', 'Judy Blume', 'Machete', 'The Bed Song', Unknown ("you've really got this death thing down"), 'Zombie', 'Half Jack',
Encore – 'The Ride'

Amanda Palmer Live 4

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  May 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 days, 23 hours ago
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Support received your message, I already sent a reply.
  • Transmet1972 : Site wont allow me to send ticket to support.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site