|Rufus Wainwright - All Photos by|
The Rock and Roll Princess
|Rufus Wainwright in a colorful cape|
He appeared on stage in a pin striped suit and a Charles Dickens style top hat (possibly to use for caroling after the show). The first half concentrated on songs from Wainwright's 1998 self-titled album. He revealed his mother was the inspiration for one of the songs entitled Beauty Mark - "I may not be so manly/But still I know you love me/Even if I don't have your beauty mark."
|Rufus Wainwright in a feather cape|
After a brief intermission, Wainwright returned in a colorful cape and yet another top hat (more Steampunk than Dickens this time). He sang the entire album Poses with more attitude and power than the record. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk had the audience sing along to the silly lyrics about addiction. During Evil Angel and In a Graveyard, Wainwright slipped on a black feather cape to illustrate the darkness of the songs.
The night ended with the song he recorded for the I Am Sam Soundtrack (re-recorded for the Poses album) The Beatles' Across the Universe - "Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup/They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe."
See you at the next show. I'll be wearing a Charles Dickens' top hat looking for a feathered cape.