Vocalist Thomas Mars is a funny Gallic guy. He keeps his smile like his shirt: well tucked in. I’ve discovered their music by reading some Rolling Stone text on their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – “Lisztomania” remains a favorite song [youtube id= 4BJDNw7o6so width= 470 height=315]
Curious, I purchased that album and the others before and after. I love their earlier music rather than their more recent songs pretentious but eminently collected into an album entitled Bankrupt!
Last night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Mars played his music with the enthusiasm city workers clean parks early in the morning and drug offenders identify themselves to undercover officers. Before the grand finale, when his agent told Mars he had to let fans touch him, eventually he did so but brought a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer in his pocket.
Not everything was as clean as an e-cigarette – the light show was Cindy Lauperish, and the Parisian shot was first class camera work. Reckless, rock’n’roll, and beautiful.