I woke up the morning after the Gossip concert and could not get Beth Ditto’s breasts out of my head. They were unleashed Friday night at Terminal 5 for one of the hottest concerts I’ve been to in some time. The energy and fervor lured out of the crowd by the insane vocals of front woman Beth Ditto, guitarist Brace Paine and drummer Hannah Blilie is unmatched. I envy the confidence and drive of Ditto, with her severe bob and bangs, mad makeup, spirit, humor and plus-size fabulousness. I sort of want live in her world. I’m also enthralled with the androgynous Blilie, who also graces the cover of Gossip’s latest album cover, Music for Men.
“Yr Mangled Heart” is the song I identify most and it’s the song I wanted to hear most. In six guitar riffs, Gossip opened with it. “I don’t want the world, I only want what I deserve.” Repeat three times with increased intensity each time until you’re screaming it. They went on to play most of the songs off their latest album, and a bunch from their first album, Standing in the Way of Control.
Highlights included “Pop Goes The World,” their latest single, “Dimestore Diamond,” “Four Letter Word” and “Men in Love.” And my favorites included “Love Long Distance” and the juggernaut “Heavy Cross.” Crowd goes into oblivion during this song. Amazing. They encore with a Grace Jones cover and that was it. Check out the video of “Heavy Cross” from a German television show. No pyrotechnics at the NYC show, but it captures their greatness, and there’s a fun interview following the performance.