This review is long overdue — but cut me some slack, it’s hard to be a double intern and a retail employee during the holiday season. A couple of weeks ago, I saw Amanda Blank and Peaches at Terminal 5 in NYC, and it pretty much made my month. Amanda Blank, who I’ve described to friends as a hip-hop heir of Peaches, kicked everything off with a bang, warming up the crowd with her in-your-face lyrics and dance-tastic beats.
Blank was wearing a crazy outfit that a normal person could only dream of pulling off: a neon, fringed, zebra and leopard-print leotard with cutouts in the sides. It takes a certain kind of woman to rock two kinds of animal print at once, and Blank definitely pulled it off. She had the whole crowd dancing to her hits ‘Make It Take It’ and ‘DJ,’ and gasping when she brought on special guest Spank Rock for his bit on ‘Gimme What You Got.’ She even had a set of dancers join her onstage for a couple of tunes. Blank claimed she was no Beyoncé and had no knack for choreography, but I’d say she’s not giving herself enough credit. Yeah, the dance number was no ‘Single Ladies,’ but really, what is? Blank might not yet have the rabid following that Peaches does, but at this rate it won’t be long till she does. A girl who’s that hot, talented, and badass is bound to get super-famous sooner or later.
And then, of course, there was Peaches. I had seen Peaches once before on her Impeach My Bush tour and was shocked by her antics back then, but she really outdid herself this time. She came on stage dressed in a giant…outfit covered in hair (fake or real? Do you really want to know?). Her costume changes were amazing — under the hair was a pink vinyl inflatable leotard thing. She also had a black leotard airbrushed with a panther, a giant cape that said ‘XXX’ on the back, another metallic fuschia cape, and an, ahem, pussy light.
Yes, that’s right, she had a blinking LED light on her vagina for part of the concert. At one point she asked the crowd, ‘How you like my pussy light?’ It was pretty clear that everybody loved it. She spit fake blood at the audience, poured beer on us, crowd-surfed several times, and sang ‘Lose You’ in nothing but a towel. She came back for TWO encores, both of which culminated in giant dance parties closely resembling mosh pits. Oh, and she also commanded us to take our shirts off, which many people did (including the bra-less friend who came with me). Some people even threw their shirts to her, and she wore them all, thanking New York for all her new clothes. Even into her 40s, Peaches still rocks the house like nobody’s business. Take notes, Amanda Blank — she’s your idol for a reason.
My own camera broke during Amanda’s first song, but you can check out a ton of photos from the show over at Brooklyn Vegan and Prefix Mag.
photos courtesy Brooklyn Vegan