Reader Maya writes in from across the Atlantic:
Ok so unsurprisingly none of the London music press covered The Decemberists performance at the Shepherds Bush Empire last night. I?m not sure if it was the mid-show calisthenics or the re-enactment of the American War of Independence that kept the NME away. Maybe they were too busy coining new musical genres? Either way The Decemberists London show deserves some blogging love. Not only did Colin get the Brits stretching, dancing and singing (no small feat) but he was joined onstage by Robyn Hitchcock of The Soft Boys and Mike Scott of The Waterboys for the first of their two encores. He sang along with his indie idols on Madonna of the Wasps (w/ Robyn Hitchcock) and Fisherman?s Blues (w/ Mike Scott). The moment clearly moved Meloy, who had to re-compose himself before heading out for the second encore ?I?ve just lived my teenage rock n roll fantasy/ pornography? he told the audience.
Thanks Maya! We know Colin’s fitness program well, but “Madonna Of The Wasps” and “Fisherman’s Blues” (with the principals!) must have been extra special. By the grace of YouTube, here’s Colin and Robyn on “Madonna.”
Fingers crossed for those MP3s!
UPDATE: Never underestimate the GooTube. “Fisherman’s Blues” video after the jump. (Thanks Colin.)