Backing Kane was the Mini Mansions who had opened for the Arctic Monkeys at the Hollywood Bowl on October 16 and October 17, 2018. Both acts have ties to Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.
Sporting a scruffy head of hair and an unshaven face, Kane was a delight to listen to and watch as his nimble fingers slid on his guitar. It was a good move on the part of the show to showcase Kane’s amazing talents on the guitar by doing an extended close up of his guitar playing. Wearing a black, form-fitting jumpsuit sure didn’t take away from Kane’s sexy image.
It was only apt that Kane selected “Cry On My Guitar” as his American television debut piece as it showcased his talents as a songwriter and as an axeman. The song is off Kane’s new Solo album “Coup de Grace” which has many excellent songs to fill your head with edgy rock riffs as well as a tad bit of Pop and Punk. There are many songs off of “Coup De Grace” on my iPod which always starts off with the song titled after the album. “Coup De Grace” is a Great dance tune and is better than a cup of coffee to get your body up and moving.
I was kind of hoping that he would do “Coup De Grace” for the show, but alas he chose to premiere “Cry On My Guitar” which did an excellent job of getting his musical point across. It is hard to pick out a song as a favorite so I’ll just say go to iTunes and listen to the entire album and choose for yourself if they are iPod worthy. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate this album as an 8, which is two down from the highest. Should that be 8 guitars or iPods? This album is not Kane’s first trip to the Rock N’ Roll rodeo. He has a great list of efforts in his catalog of music on iTunes which you will find hard to narrow down. I know that I had a hard time and ended up uploading over a dozen songs onto my iPod by him before the day was done. Kane has three solo albums under his professional belt.
In addition, Kane has done a collaborative effort with Turner called "The Last Shadow Puppets." This effort has brought much acclaim to both Kane and Turner as an out there piece of work which is dripping with the nuances of an alternative meets theatrical piece of artistic surrealism. Check out “Gas Dance,” “Used To Be My Girl” or “Calm Like You” and hear what I mean. Their three-album work is labeled Baroque Pop by some and the Last Shadow Puppets are hailed a “supergroup.” Pretty impressive pedigree for Kane, if you ask me.
As for Mini Mansions backing Kane at his American television debut, they did an awesome job with just the right amount of panache to keep it all interesting in back of Kane. Admittedly I wasn’t all that impressed with them at the Hollywood Bowl when they opened for the Arctic Monkeys, but maybe being on the road has added to their performance. Then again, maybe when I saw one of Mini Mansions spit on the stage it did gross me out and I lost my perspective. As a former dancer, the thought that someone would spit on the stage and have me dance barefoot right into it was appalling. It remains to be seen if this band has the stuff to last and do their mentor Turner proud.
At the close of the show, James Corden came over and gave Kane two big hugs and said: “This is a star.” I don’t hear him say that very often and I am now wondering if a Carpool Karaoke isn’t out of the question. Corden was very excited with the performance.
As an aside, I am wondering if Kane accompanied the Arctic Monkeys to Joshua Tree Inn, helped write songs with them and recorded with them at the Rancho Del La Luna Recording Studio up the street from the Joshua Tree Inn. Hmmmmmm.
Prior to "The Late Late Show," I ended up watching "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" as it was winding down. The musical guest for this show was Karen O, formerly the vocalist for the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, and Danger Mouse. O had a dance troupe to back her up with an Avant-Garde routine while O performed “Woman.” Very artistically done and it had my attention. The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs are also in my iPod. I have “Heads Will Roll” and “Gold Lion.”
Coming up September 21 there will be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Newport Pop Festival 69’ staged at Devonshire Downs. The event is being dubbed “The Lost Love-In” and is being staged by the joint efforts of The Museum of The San Fernando Valley and The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center. Cal State Northridge is helping out in this huge effort. Devonshire Downs is now their parking lot. The actual event was spread out over a weekend and featured acts such as LOVE, The Grass Roots, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jethro Tull, Eric Burdon, The Byrds and Joe Cocker to name a few. How exciting.