Review: The Pretty Reckless at the Firebird, Tuesday, February 22

Feb 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm
click to enlarge Taylor Momsen - Jason Stoff
Jason Stoff
Taylor Momsen

Bottle blonde guttersnipes split the city into two factions last night. Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen rocked hard with her black-clad band the Pretty Reckless, while Ke$ha put on a trash-tastic set for a sold-out crowd at the Pageant. Ke$ha must have won the tween contingent, because the crowd at the Firebird was skewed slightly older than expected. (We were hoping for a Gaga-esque turn-out of fangirls in GG inspired fashions.) Still, the audience seemed to have shown up for the music moreso than for the the gawking potential.

View a slideshow of the Pretty Reckless at the Firebird

It was a homecoming for Momsen; the St. Louis native had a house in town while she was a young actress. She starred in her first commercial at age three, and received her big break as bug-eyed charmer Cindy Lou Who in 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 2007, she was cast as Jenny Humphrey, the Brooklynite fashionista desperate to break into the fiercely-guarded Upper East Side social register.

Fans of the show were perplexed by Jenny's increasingly scuzzy look onscreen--scraggly blonde weave, kohl-rimmed eyes and ripped fishnets. Little did we know that her evolving look was the outward manifestation of her now well-documented rebellion against Hollywood. Since then, Momsen has been striking fear into the hearts of moms everywhere with her recent descent into foul-mouthed debauchery. Smoking cigarettes in interviews, espousing her fondness for sex and drugs, telling reporters she could give two shits and a rat's ass about the Gossip Girl franchise that catapulted her to name recognition.

click to enlarge Review: The Pretty Reckless at the Firebird, Tuesday, February 22
Jason Stoff

Jeff Burton of the Point's (105.7 FM) Thom and Jeff show introduced the band, saying Momsen had been on his show earlier in the day and that she "was very very very nice, but she's going to tear this shit up." The crowd cheered, but not loud enough for her lead guitarist Ben Phillips, who quipped, "You've gotta scream louder than than or she'll go home."

Scream they did, and Momsen walked on stage -- no easy feat, as she was sporting six-inch spike-heeled platform boots. Wearing her signature raccooon eyes and blood red lipstick with a black T-shirt that read "I Fuck For Satan," black leather panties and latex thigh-highs with a complicated garter, Momsen looked every inch the angsty sexpot.