Father John Misty / King Tuff – Agora Theater, Cleveland, OH
Edgar Allan Poe, Jim Morrison & Bob Dylan walk into a bar. They take a seat it’s not long before they’re reminiscing about the glory days. “You know, they used to call me the Lizard King,” Morrison said as his eyes gazed through his whiskey glass.
Dylan’s eyes rolled, he was quick to respond. “Yeah Jim, we all remember. Well, I was the voice of a generation. A generation who felt lost, scared and confused about the changing times. I changed the world!”
“You sure did, Bob” Poe responded. “My macabre writings have lived on for nearly two hundred years now, they still read my stuff in schools throughout the world!” A humble sigh initiated a few minutes of silence. The reticence was broken when Bob proposed a peculiar idea.
His voice filled with hesitance, afraid of the objection that might come his way. “Hey Jim, Poe, hear me out on this” He swirled the red wine around the tall glass. He cleared his throat, paused for a moment and spoke with pure assurance.
“What if, what if… we. You know, made a musician. Like really made one. We take what’s best from all of us and we go visit Dr. Frank and he makes us a musician. He can have my songwriting skills! Poe, he can have your mindset! He’ll get your stage presence, Jim!”
Maybe it was his tone, maybe it was the alcohol, the three men agreed to take action and make this wild idea a reality. The next day, Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) was born.
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Fast forward to September 22nd, 2018. Father John Misty is currently on tour for his new album, “God’s Favorite Customer”. He’s brought along King Tuff, a Neo-psychedelia/garage rock band from Vermont to open for a packed house at The Agora Theatre. Frontman, Kyle Thomas, has a very unique stage presence, think Jim James meets Les Claypool. His guitar skills are incendiary and his hat was very fancy. They were a great warm-up for Father John Misty, just the right vibes, sound and energy.
9:30 pm, the lights dim and the crowd erupts. FJM takes the stage opening with “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” off his breakthrough and critically acclaimed album, “Fear Fun”. He has a way to command the attention of a crowd as I have never seen before. Every step, every movement has a purpose. It feels orchestrated yet improvised, he’s really like no other artist I have ever seen.
His past two albums, “God’s Favorite Customer” and “Pure Comedy” don’t pack the rock and roll punch that “Fear Fun” and “I Love You Honeybear” do. These albums were fueled by despair that rests of a bed of silk. The melancholy overtone from these records are felt during his performance in all their rain-soaked glory.
Over the next two hours, he played 23 songs, including an acoustic version of “I Went to the Store One Day” and a heart-shattering version of “Holy Shit”. There is no doubt that this man knows how to put on a show. With over 20 stops left in his current tour do yourself a favor and check him out. He will go down as one of the greatest artists of this generation. Full photo album below!
Father John Misty on Tour
SUN, Sep 23 – Audiotree Music Festival, Kalamazoo, MI Tickets
TUE, Sep 25 – Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA (moved from Jefferson Theater)Tickets
WED, Sep 26 – Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Tickets
FRI, Sep 28 – Fillmore Miami, Miami, FL
SAT, Sep 29 – Hard Rock Live (FL), Orlando, FL
MON, Oct 1 – Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA Tickets
TUE, Oct 2 – Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA Tickets
WED, Oct 3 – Iron City, Birmingham, AL Tickets
FRI, Oct 5 – Austin City Limits, Austin, TX
SAT, Oct 6 – Civic Theater, New Orleans, LA Tickets
TUE, Oct 9 – The Mill & Mine, Knoxville, TN
WED, Oct 10 – Lyric Theater (MS), Oxford, MS Tickets
THU, Oct 11 – Jones Assembly, Oklahoma City, K
FRI, Oct 12 – Austin City Limits, Austin, TX
FRI, Oct 26 – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, United Kingdom
SAT, Oct 27 – Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, United Kingdom
SUN, Oct 28 – Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
MON, Oct 29 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester,
TUE, Oct 30 – Forum (UK), Bath, United Kingdom
THU, Nov 1 – De Roma, Borgerhout, Belgium
FRI, Nov 2 – Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands
SAT, Nov 3 – TakeRoot Festival, Groningen, Netherlands
MON, Nov 5 – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TUE, Nov 6 – Central Station (DE), Darmstadt, Germany
WED, Nov 7 – Huxley’s, Berlin, Germany
FRI, Nov 9 – Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
SAT, Nov 10 – Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
SUN, Nov 11 – Konserthuset, Göteborg , Sweden
WED, Nov 14 – Bartók Béla National Concert Hall, Budapest, Hungary
THU, Nov 15 – Arena Vienna, Wien, Austria
FRI, Nov 16 – Rolling Stone Park, Rust, Germany
SAT, Nov 17 – Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
SUN, Nov 18 – Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland