Earlier this summer I was lucky enough to see The Bleacher’s MTV Unplugged performance that aired last on Friday, September 15th. I had been meaning to post about the show but since it was secret and MTV did not want any promotions I held off until I knew the show was coming out.
Of course I am always late to the party with these things. In the future I need to set up Google alerts so I know what is happening. Unfortunately, I got caught up with the four other jobs I am working on now so this project has been put on the back burner.
So here is how it went down. My sister texted one night asking if I wanted to go to see a free show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Me not giving up a free event said yes. She proceed to tell me to sign up on the MTV page but to my dismay there were no more tickets left. She said there might be a way in since her husband’s brother was working production that night. So my boyfriend and I proceeded to Asbury to see if we could get in. When we got there we were lucky enough that my sister’s husband’s connections got us in to see the show.
It was already packed and there was still a line out the door. We had a good spot in the back but still able to see the stage. The kids who got there early were lucky enough to be on stage.
The only thing I knew about the Bleachers was that it was Jack Antonoff’s solo project and he was the guy dating Lena Dunham.
The show had some special guests Lorde and Carly Rae Jepson. Together, the three performed the Bleachers’ track “Hate That You Know Me” which originally featured contributions from Jepsen, as well as “Shadow” (from Bleachers’ 2014 album Strange Desire) and “Don’t Take the Money” (from Bleachers’ 2017 album Gone Now), which Lorde co-wrote and provided back-up vocals for. Antonoff co-produced Lorde’s recent album Melodrama, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen singles like “Sweetie” from 2012. Watch a clip of their performance below.
Antonoff reminded me of Bruce Springsteen with his white button down shirt, but I think that was the look he was going for. It was heart warming to hear his story about how he picked The Stone Pony for the venue for this unplugged performance.
Being from NJ he had a lot of memories from coming to see bands here. Antonoff was funny, genuine, and entertaining.
I really enjoyed their performance especially the acoustic rendition of “Rollercoaster.” The Springsteen-esque song gave me goose bumps as I listened. I even like it better than there regular version.
This is a band who I will be listening more of in the future. See some clips from the show below
Watch some clips from the show below