The opening band was called An Horse, and I really don't have anything to say about them. They were pretty mediocre, really. Rasputina itself hasn't been able to keep a lineup for very long as of late. Zoe Keating, the second-chair cellist for Frustration Plantation and A Radical Recital, is actually playing with Amanda Palmer now, but she wasn't at the Philadelphia show. Recently, it looks like the Ladies' Cello Society accepted a man, which either shows Melora Creager being pressured by affirmative action groups or unable to find any more female cellists willing to work with her. I wonder if she's hard to get along with, or the other cellists think they can make it on their own. I really don't know, and I don't think it would be fair to speculate. Melora seemed to rush through her introductions this time, not even including them for many songs, and Beth thought it might be because she was unhappy with the venue. That's certainly possible, but once again, I can't say I really know. It was still enjoyable, though, and the first time I've heard "The New Zero" live.
I have a few pictures of the concert up here, and some from the Amanda show the previous day here.