Last night, Harvey Danger played their last show ever in NYC at The Bell House in Brooklyn as part of their farewell tour. I’m really sad to see the band go, but at the same time, I’m not surprised either. The band had never really been profitable, nor do they really fit in anywhere.
I had never been to The Bell House before and no one I talked to about it had ever heard of it before. It turned out to be a really nice venue. There’s a swanky-ish bar when you first walk in that has a decent beer and wine selection for a venue. The room that the bands play in is big enough to hold maybe 400 people, but still maintains the ability to be relatively intimate at the same time. My only real gripe was that the sound was a little louder than it needed to be. Outside, there was a sweet stenciled sign that said “Beware of ‘dog.'”
I didn’t really watch the first opener much, but Jukebox The Ghost was pretty awesome. They’re from Philly, though I’d never heard of them before. They have a pretty sweet indie sound with a piano and make enough funny faces while playing that even if they had sucked, it would have been entertaining to watch.
Harvey Danger somehow–I’m really not sure of the back story for this one–got John Hodgeman to introduce them. It was hilarious, watch…
Once they came out on stage, they were incredible. They played for about 2 hours and 40 minutes, longer than I’ve ever seen any band play for before in my life. By the end, there wasn’t really too much left that they hadn’t played. It was really awesome and didn’t get boring at all…even if we were all insanely tired by almost 2AM when we finally walked out.
For the encore, they came out and did a lot of Q&A and took requests. A bunch of them.
They sounded really on all night too, even towards the end of the set, they were still playing well and having a great time on stage. Here’s a video of them playing Cream And Bastards Rise…
If you didn’t make this show, you messed up, big time. Below is the full set list so that you can kick yourself for missing the show…
Humility On Parade
Wine, Women & Song
Meetings With Remarkable Men (Show Me The Hero)
Cream & Bastards Rise
Problems & Bigger Ones
Sad Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Little Round Mirrors
Jack The Lion
The Show Must Not Go On (new song)
The Ballad Of The Tragic Hero (Pity & Fear)
(Theme From) Carjack Fever
Pike Street/Park Slope
*Happiness Writes White
*Sometimes You Have To Work On Christmas (Sometimes)
*Why I’m Lonely
The Same As Being In Love