Friday, March 15, 2019

Robyn (3/8/19)

What a special night.  I’d seen Robyn several times before (much closer than this vantage point), but this might have actually been the best show.  After being out of the limelight for a good number of years, only popping up on some collaborations, Robyn came back full force with her new album, Honey.  Everyone was thirsty.  She immediately sold out this Madison Square Garden show and I expect was probably the biggest show of her career to date.  The audience was electrified, as was Robyn - and both were equally thankful.  We were all back together again.  Check out my video below, and some of the extended audience participation moments.  I’ve also included Stereogum’s review of the show.  Incredible.  Now I really can’t wait to see her headlining at Pitchfork.

Robyn  3 8 19

Robyn  3 8 19

"Robyn committed a crime last night and I’m here to tell you about it.

The 39-year-old Swedish pop star had already gone through two costume changes and 11 songs at Madison Square Garden when she broke out ‘Dancing On My Own,’ off of 2010’s Body Talk. The crowd, which was one of the most excitable I’ve seen in New York, totally lost it. When the chorus hit, Robyn put her mic down and motioned for the audience to sing for her and the band, a cappella, which we did. ‘I’M IN THE CORNER WATCHING YOU KISS HER/ WO-OH-OH,’ everyone screamed.

We expected Robyn to sing the next bit, but instead she just stood there smiling. ‘This is your time,’ she seemed to say. And so, an audience of a zillion people sang the chorus of ‘Dancing On My Own’ for Robyn, in its entirety, until we were hoarse. I’ve seen a lot of musicians do that move, and I don’t think I’ve seen anyone but maybe Bruce Springsteen do it so effectively."

(Via Robyn 'Honey' Tour Review - Stereogum.)

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