In 1969, the Doors recorded Rock is Dead, which would only be released in 1996. Although this mantra has been swung around frequently since, it sometimes still seems as if rock is alive and kicking still nearly half a century later. One of these instances was King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s performance last Friday. They sold out three shows at the Brooklyn Steel that weekend, Dr. Music saw and heard them on Friday. Read about it below!
[ King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Brooklyn Steel, New York 15/06/2018 ]
Whether they play Amsterdam, London, or New York, “King Gizz” never disappoints. The seven dudes from down under have shown to be capable of amazing studio work, releasing 5(!) albums last year alone. Besides their studio qualities, however, they are also known as rock-revivalist performers. Equipped with two drummers, the flute, and an arsenal of high-energy gems King Gizzard is living proof that rock has not yet died.
Showing from setlist.fm, the band played three different sets each concert in New York. On Friday, they started off with an extensive medley of seven songs alone. During the jam’s ending, on Evil Death Roll, the temperature reached boiling point in the middle of the moshpit. Sweatier than a fully filled Finnish sauna the crowd could finally grasp some air in between this twenty-minute intensity. Then came the onset of - a fantastic rendition of - the 10-minute song Crumbling Castle.
The concert continued on this pace, with another half an hour jam on their second-to-last album Polygondwanaland, followed by a 30-minute spin-off to the Flying Microtonal Banana record. It all ended with the two opening songs of Nonagon Infinity, namely Robot Stop and Gamma Knife, fed by the audience’s very last energy. All in all the Melbourne-based band played 21 songs, ranging over 7 different albums. Looking at the overall energy and the crowd’s demographic, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have revolutionised rock music and resurrected it from the dead.