So the Yeah Yeah Yeahs came to Toronto last week, performing at an exclusive party put on by Vice Magazine and CKIN2U. 3000+ people requested guest list spots. Only a fraction of these people actually fit into Berkeley Church, with the solid majority going home YYY-less after waiting in the mile-long line for hours.
I, on the other hand, had more than my fair share of "Karen, Nick, and Brian" time. I got to be their temporary friend all day long.
Through partial luck, but mostly just a good friend with good contacts, I was hired for the day to be the band's hospitality dude - making sure they are well-fed, on time, and drunk. And though it was a tough job, I feel I executed aptly. By midway through the day, they even knew my name.
In between running across the city for whole white young uncut coconuts, driving the band wherever desired, and facilitating rock icon sing-a-longs to the Stones' Sticky Fingers, I somehow managed to catch one of the most raucous and sweaty live performances in the history of the world.
The very second the enigmatic Karen O stepped on stage, the electricity in the old church was unlike anything truly describable. I'd seen the band at V-Fest in Baltimore back in August, where they totally stole the show on Day 2, but this was just... different. The most energetic, honest, and riotous performance I can manage to remember.
And then I got drunk with Karen and the rest of the team. And ate their pizza.
I could probably go on forever about how unbelievable these folks are as musicians as well as people. But instead, check below for some youtube-age from the show, which doesn't come close to doing justice to the show. For those who weren't there - you can at least take solace in the fact that your brain didn't simultaneously explode with the rest of us during Honeybear.
Also - Chromewaves took some rad photos.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control (Faint Remix)