David Gray takes NYC: Live on Letterman and The Theater at MSG

Two gorgeous New York City nights were filled with the soulful vocals of David Gray who is touring in support of his new album Mutineers.  On July 30 he taped a performance for David Letterman: Live on Letterman, which aired the following evening, while on August 4 , Gray played to a packed house at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Fans lucky enough to see either concert were graced with an energized performance that showcased a delightful combination of both new and old material.

david grayAttendees of Live on Letterman were treated to an hour long performance where David Gray introduced new songs like “Birds of the High Arctic”, “Gulls”, and the title track to his newest album, Mutineers.  He also played old favorites like “My Oh My”, “Sail Away”, “The One I Love” and a massive rendition of “Babylon” to close the show.  This performance can be viewed online.

Following his Letterman performance, The Theater at MSG  was the scene of another memorable concert.  Paired with a six piece band including a string section, this created a new depth of sound which complimented David’s already unique, passionate and powerful vocals. David began the show with five new songs from Mutineers.  The new material focused around his distinctively soulful vocals which were well received by an intimate group of eager New Yorkers.  “My Oh My” was the first song played from White Ladder, his multi-platinum selling album which also earned him a best new artist Grammy nomination in 2002.  This was followed up shortly after by “Silver Linings” and clearly beloved by the audience as many excitedly applauded and sang along quietly enough so they could still focus on Gray’s remarkable vocals.  The set continued with more new material with Gray playing almost the entire Mutineeners album to an extremely receptive and appreciative audience with highlights “Girl Like You”, “Bird of the High Arctic”, “Gulls”, “Last Summer” and “Mutineers”, the title track which builds in intensity and was filled with a passion that was felt throughout the audience and complimented musically by the band and backing vocalists. During the first notes of “This Years Love” a woman yelled out, “That was my wedding song!”  This song wasn’t only gladly welcomed by her but the rest of the audience as well as fans yelled out their love and appreciation, which continued into Gray’s biggest hit “Babylon” followed by “Sail Away” and the set closer, “Please Forgive Me”. David finished of the show with a three song encore starting with a beautiful “Gulls,” then “Alibi” before concluding with the hit, “The One I Love.”

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