Report: The Left Banke Live in NYC

 

November 12 at Drom, in
Manhattan, the reformed group proved why they were and are pop icons. Pictured
above:
Mike,
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
Vocal

7.   
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
on Sundazed. 

 

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.

 

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