Queenormous, with Dogs of Society Off Broadway Aug. 21, 2012
When considering music icons Queen, the Bee Gees and Elton John, most people think of riveting performance combined with over-the-top theatrics and costumes. I know I certainly do. But last night's "Tribute Trifecta" at Off Broadway didn't quite live up to what I was expecting. Some observations from Queenormous' and Dogs of Society's tribute show:
1. After misreading the start time, I saw Dogs of Society perform only "Love Lies Bleeding" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)" during its tribute to Elton John, but those songs left me intrigued by the band and offered the most musicality of the evening. Indeed, the door man at Off Broadway told me when I entered, "They're killing it!"
2. I was surprised that lead singer John Gore was the only band member in costume. Instead of wearing a white wig or glittery tuxedo jacket, Gore paired large sunglasses with a poufy red pirate shirt, which flapped as he pounded the organ. This was the first time I'd seen an Elton John tribute band in jeans.
3. Heh. "Pounded the organ."
4. About 50 people were at Off Broadway during the set, squeezing into the four rows of seats and tables in front of the stage, the area near the bar and the balcony.
5. Gore's Elton voice was spot on, even if he wasn't nearly as flamboyant as the real deal.
6. The band supplied Gore with outstanding backup vocals, especially during "Saturday." The older audience enthusiastically supplied their own backup vocals, as well.
7. One middle-aged gentleman was especially moved by Dogs of Society's performance, fist pumping and playing nonstop air guitar.
8. I counted three seemingly official video cameras running during Dogs of Society's set, in addition to the many cell phone cameras the audience had locked on the band.
9. Between sets, a couple at a front table took turns practically sitting in each other's laps. The gentleman looked like Dave Madden, who played "Reuben Kincaid" from The Partridge Family.
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