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Rufus Wainwright’s St Valentine’s Day Massacre of the Senses.

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on February 15, 2008

Rufus has just completed a critically-acclaimed World Tour in order to “Release the Stars” and I think he may have done just that if the fireworks both literal and figurative that were exploding last night onstage at his sold out Radio City Music Hall show are anything to go by. A St Valentine’s Day massacre of the senses. It was so much fun. (The NYC Fire Commissioner even came by to sign off on the gunpowder plot.) You’d think he’d have been more than a little nervous playing that cavernous artdeco museum to the Rockettes but he was as relaxed as a koala bear grazing in a gum tree. Of course he did just return from the land of Oz. I’m not saying he didn’t have his Tasmanian devilish moments (singing “Gay Messiah” in his in-drag Judy G. outfit where his band who normally dress in tuxes for this number awkwarkly act out the swooning male dance routines. As a special surprise to him celebrating the end of the tour they came out dressed as nuns playing funky old stringless banjos and ukes ‘a la singing nun’ all the while spraying him with what looked like cheese to drive home the outrageous “baptized in come” lyric. It was madness. Do I disappoint you? never and you will always be the most Beautiful Child. Mirror, mirror.. Mommie Kate McGarrigle and little sister Martha W. joined him for an emotionally-charged version of Kate’s panoramic ode to the U.S. of A. “Talk to me of Mendocino.” Rufus’s “Poses” was among one of the many exquisite moments. Sean Lennon and band opened last night’s extravaganza with some very interesting melodic stuff and was joined late in his set by his girlfriend and co-writer Charlotte and together they sang a moving song about the revenge of the sabre-toothed tiger where man does not fare well. Come uppance time. Everybody was on stage for John Lennon’s “Across the Universe.”

For the record, Rufus has been nominated for a Brit Award in the best male performer cat. And this quote from an Aussie paper just came in from a friend in Adelaide ‘Incredibly talented troubadour Rufus Wainwright, is one of the most splendid live talents on the planet right now.’


p.s. I said to him upon his return, “you’re back on terra firma” he laughed and shot back with “you mean terra infirma.”


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  1. lily said, on February 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    well well well
    there you have it
    eat your heart celine

  2. ruthanzo said, on February 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    what better time to eat your heart or to let someone else eat it than on st valentine’s.

    with an available heart for consuming

  3. Gordy's Carthage Trainspot said, on February 15, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Only the best for the best.
    KTK & DPP really woulda loved being there.
    In spirit all cylinders were & are firing for youse.
    Semper Fire

  4. Gordy's Carthage Trainspot said, on February 15, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Even tho previous lost . we miss you

  5. zbignose said, on February 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Aha ! so that’s why she’s been pounding it all this time as though schnitzelizing a veal cutlet. (legal)Tender is the tender heart.
    And now, back to Rufus et al ! Congratulations felicitations adulations citations in sinew ations, foreign nations peregrinations etc etc. Sounds like the wonderful time was had by all! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

  6. el greco said, on February 21, 2008 at 9:31 am

    a moussaka of the senses.

    el greco
    oh toledo

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