Saturday, August 05, 2006
Ted Leo is Punk Rock
Holy crap Ted Leo is the fuckin' man's man, man. Charlie Bronson has got nothin on him.

Ok, so get this: Ted Leo plays a show in Baltimore... doot doot doot, typical awesome TL/RX concert and then bam! the lights go out. Well, what do you do then? Why if you're Mr. Fucking Ted Leo, you launch off into a capella cover song set: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps", Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone", and "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. Then you grab an acoustic guitar and a flashlight, keep playing, fall off the stage and play some more. Of course, now its unbearably hot, dark and fire hazard or something, so everyone gets sent outside. And as you may have guessed, Ted Leo follows and keeps playing out on the street.

Oh hell yes.

And it's not confined to one incident: At the Pitchfork Music Festival this year, he bashed his face in with a microphone and kept playing. He plays tamborine on his head. And if you've watched the "Dirty Old Town" DVD, you saw him play a completely awesome set in New York City during the 2003 blackout off of a Starbucks promo van's generator.

Nothing can stop this man.
(Except of course sickness. Fucker cancelled his show here earlier this year because of a sore throat. Bah!)

I can't wait till he comes to Houston in September.


Yeah, I know, you've probably already read all this on pitchfork... but I don't really care. It's worth reading again.


Posted by adrian on Saturday, August 05, 2006 at 1:28 AM |

also, bad larynx stops him. Has stopped him twice in recent years actually. After nearly 20 years of doing exactly what you described, the man's voice is having a hard time holding up. so sad :o(

Maybe he should stop being a self-harmer.

Or, possibly begin dating goths.

Haven't heard much Leo, but "Me And Mia" is a fucking tune

oh ian. I'll have to u/l a TL/RX discog for you. yes yes i will.

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