Anyway, the concert started around 8:30, the first act being a duo called Vermillion Lies, whom I quite liked. They kind of reminded me of the Ditty Bops, but with more of a prop-heavy comical bent. Also, they're sisters, rather than a couple. I picked up one of their albums after the show, but I haven't had the chance to listen to it yet. Next in line to play were the Builders and the Butchers, whose music was forgettable, but not bad. Really, as far as opening acts go, this was one of the better shows I've attended. I didn't appreciate the long wait between the second opener and Amanda's set, though. I probably should have gotten a seat on the balcony when I had the chance, but I decided to stand near the stage, and ended up regretting it. Oh, well. I did get a good view, although I was somewhat off to the side.
Amanda's set was largely comprised of stuff from her solo album, but she also did a few Dresden Dolls songs, including "Bad Habit," "Mrs. O," "Coin-Operated Boy," "Half Jack," and "Girl Anachronism." She was accompanied on some numbers by the Danger Ensemble, a group of dancers and performers from Australia. Amanda seemed to be in a good mood, and joked a lot with the audience. At one point, she covered "Livin' on a Prayer," and pointed out something that I've also wondered about, which is why Bon Jovi says that "it doesn't really matter if we make it or not," but then later says, "We'll make it, I swear." She answered some questions posed by audience members (I really should have submitted a question, but I couldn't think of one), and ended the set by playing two songs on the ukelele. The first was one she wrote herself, and the second a cover of Radiohead's "Creep," with Vermillion Lies on backing vocals. After the show, I stuck around to get my T-shirt signed by Amanda, who remembered me from earlier. And that's pretty much it, but bethje and I are going to see Rasputina tonight (in fact, we'll be done seeing them by the time I actually have this posted), so expect another concert review soon.