November 12 at Drom, in
Manhattan, the reformed group proved why they were and are pop icons. Pictured
Paul, George, and Tom.
Text/photos by Michael Passman
In a short diversion from The Norton Anniversary, I took a trip
uptown early Saturday night to catch the newly reformed Left Banke at Drom, a
below ground eatery/venue in Manhattan.
Newly reformed, the band now consists of:
1. Paul Alves – Guitar
2. George Cameron – Vocals
3. Charly Cazalet – Bass
4. Mickey Finn – Keyboards
5. Tom Finn – Guitar / Vocals
6. Mike Fornatale – Guitar / Lead
Rick Reil – Drums / Vocals
Best categorized as “baroque pop” due
to strong classical influences, they had a few hits in the ‘60s such as “Walk
Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina”. They
also had a diverse following from Leonard Bernstein to George Harrison. Their two albums were also recently reissued
The performed two shows that
evening, covering both albums and a few other songs, but what sparked in their
performance personally was “She May Call You Up Tonight,” a song covered six
years ago by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs as Sid ‘n’ Susie.
The show had a tremendous crowd
response and was also attended my members of Muck & The Mires, Richard
& The Young Lions, and Little Steven.