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LIVE: ST. VINCENT – October 20, 2021

| 22 October 2021 | Reply

Venue: The Fillmore

City: Detroit, MI

Date: October 20, 2021

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (

To paraphrase St. Vincent (Annie Clark) as she worked through the beginning part of the setlist, she saved the best for last as she closed out the 2021 leg of her Daddy’s Home tour at Detroit’s Fillmore.  The show started off with a great opening of “Digital Witness” that saw her take the lead up front behind a microphone without a guitar.  With lyrics and body language drawing us all in, we were caught in the evenings musical web and wanting more with each song.  Next up was a tandem of tracks that gave St. Vincent ample time to show off her vocals, stage presence, and guitar skills as she played two different guitars in as many songs.  St. Vincent is out touring her latest release Daddy’s Home, released May 2021 and showcased seven new tracks form the disc including “Down” which saw her sporting a cream colored guitar.  Next in the set was “Birth in Reverse” that featured some interaction between her and band members.  There was plenty of banter between the performer and crowd at various moments through the evening, demonstrating her love for her fans and their mutual love and respect.  The one-two punch of “Daddy’s Home” and “Down and Out Downtown” helped build more familiarity with the new material and demonstrated how well the latest release swirls and works with St. Vincent’s catalog, including “New York” which was only known to me as a bonus track on the new release but originally popped up on the 2017 release Masseduction.  The beauty of St. Vincent’s live show is she brings her A-game along with all of the melodies and great vocals you have come to know and love from her releases.  Other tracks decorated the evenings musical landscape as she wrapped up the current run of tour dates including “Los Ageless,” “Sugarboy,” and “Cheerleader.”  While other new tracks “Pay Your Way in Pain” and “My Baby Wants a Baby” made an appearance in the set, one of my personal favorites from her self-titled release didn’t make the cut (too bad for “Pieta”).  With one more date on the books – a festival appearance – before the end of the year, I recommend anyone in Europe grab their tickets and get ready for the 2022 invasion of St. Vincent as she proclaims Daddy’s Home.  The encore capped the evening perfectly as the three songs were sandwiched by “Your Lips Are Red” and “The Melting of the Sun.”  While my first ever St. Vincent show, after watching her perform, listening to her sing and play, and digging the energy that flowed from the stage I can guarantee this won’t be my last show.

Setlist: Digital Witness – Down – Birth in Reverse – Daddy’s Home – Down and Out Downtown – New York – …At the Holiday Party – Los Ageless – Sugarboy – Fast Slow Disco – Pay Your Way in Pain – My Baby Wants a Baby – Cheerleader – Year of the Tiger – Fear the Future – Your Lips Are Red – Live in the Dream – The Melting of the Sun

Lineup: St. Vincent (vocals, guitars) – Justin Meldal-Johnsen (bass, keyboards) – Jason Falkner (guitar) – Mark Guiliana (drums) – Rachel Eckroth (keyboards) – Stevvi Alexander (background vocals) – Nayanna Holley (background vocals) – Danielle Withers (background vocals)








Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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