Duncan Sheik: Bayshore, NY, December 9, 2011
When a fan shouted out for "Such Reveries" Sheik said "I was going to play it anyway, but I'll play it now. That makes it seem like I'm taking requests," smirking amid wild applause. When a request was made for the harder-driving beat of "The End of Outside," he had to give his keyboardist a quick tutorial, but commented "You're lucky you're requesting songs I can actually play."
Before launching into "Barely Breathing," much to the happiness of the crowd, he recounted, "I'm tuning (this guitar) because I care about you." When he asked if he could play "new new songs that nobody has heard, " Sheik played a song called "Lay Down Your Guns" and proclaimed, "It's not 'Freebird,' but it is southern rock."
A highlight of the show was his scaled down version of Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees," which created an occasion to hold notes for long past needed, as well as bringing his vocals to a near whisper, which enraptured the audience into silence until the burst of applause at the end. Sheik literally belted notes to the ceiling and commanded the attention of all in the room.
Encores included his classic "Half-Life"another requestas well as one off the latest CD. "Do you guys like the Psychedelic Furs?" he asked. "You may have to sing along," he noted, as he searched for the lyric sheet for "The Ghost in You."
Sheik didn't have to ask twice. He had the audience from the first notes of "Stripped."
All Photos: Christine Connallon