Photos: Japanther (And/Or Their Crazed Fans) Shut Down Night One Of The Rock And Roll Circus at Lincoln Center
The Rock and Roll Circus, a two-night spectacle at Lincoln Center that started Monday, was billed as a homage to the Rolling Stones' 1968 event by the same name, a multi-ring extravaganza scattering big-top attractions among sets in the ring by the Who, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, and a supergroup with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards. The first night of the 2011 version climaxed with a set by Japanther, whose overzealous fans compelled security to stop the show before it all got too reminiscent of Altamont.
Clownsurfing is a real thing. Pics by Rebecca, more below. Initial impressions were disappointing -- no stripes on the circus tents. (Jagger would have insisted on stripes.) Nor was the low-rent administrative spaceship vibe in the vendor area befitting of a legend. Saving grace: Asia Dog The performance area was sufficiently dramatic for the occasion. First up in the ring: Electric Tickle Machine from Brooklyn, featuring this guy, maybe channeling Jethro Tull? Your host, Acid Betty The next band, the Pharmacy, entered via slide -- cool The So So Glos wore their finest Ed Sullivan ensembles Japanther megafan Rudy and a guy in a clown mask started getting rowdy Soon everyone was in on it Security was not pleased and promptly cleared the floor. This did not bode well for the Japanther set. As anyone who's seen them knows, Japanther fans are a force of nature that cannot be reckoned with (unless you're at Barnes and Noble). Two of the event organizers, dancing in the aisles Next, L.A.'s Voxhaul Broadcast shut everyone up for a while with some bluesy psychedelic strutting and dancing Their singer looks like Nathan Williams sans baby fat When Japanther started, things immediately got nuts. People flooded the ring, though security did all they could to stop it. That didn't go so well Showpaper founder Joe Ahearn
Stay tuned for night two, a much tamer (and pricier) affair, with Ariel Pink, Nick Zinner, and a cast of circus performers.
Matt from Japanther: Can't we all just get along? Well, sort of.