The Clay Pigeons
Live @ Kenny's Castaways
Good friends of RtBE The Clay Pigeons put on their 4th Annual Christmas Concert last Wednesday night at the long time Bleecker St. club Kenny's Castaways. The group makes this their lone annual show these days, playing it when family and friends all return to New York for the holidays.
The band are NYC stalwarts who have been playing bars in and around town for more years then would probably care to admit. Having started back in Queens when Don McNally (Vocals) Kevin Vitale (Guitar/Vocals) Mike Ryniec (Bass/Vocals) were in high school (more on that later in the evening). The group has played an assortment of covers and originals at everything from backyard parties to Manhattan band showcases. Having cycled through a few drummers the Pigeons have always made a concerted effort to bring fun rock and roll to their audience. They are never above inserting the latest pop hit into one of their tunes or making fun of themselves to fire up the crowd.
(Click here for "Josephine" Video) The band then dropped into a few cover tunes to get the crowd going including a cover of "Faith" which had two ladies up shaking their asses in front of the crowd:
"Tubthumping" > "No Scrubs" >" What I Got" >" Lady Madonna" > "Love Is A Highway" > "Fly" > "It Wasn't Me" > "Wannabe" > "The Real Slim Shady" > "You Could Be Mine" > "Baby Baby" > " Hit Me Baby 1 More Time" > "You Outta Know" > "Tubthumping"
Quite a challenging run of playing for the band, but a hoot and a holler all around. The fact that the boys didn't stay totally in the 90's didn't matter, the fans couldn't have cared less as they were singing along with all of the wild covers, TLC into Sublime? No Problem. Guns and Roses into Justin Bieber?!? Only The Clay Pigeons.
What a great way to celebrate the season of giving, and the band sure gave it their all...Until next year...
Full disclosure RtBE have been friends with TCP since 1995 and play music with various members, to this very day (and beyond). That said it doesn't change the fact the the group is pure audio joy live when they are clicking and each Xmas show seems to bring out the best in them. Here are a few videos of past Christmas shows to prove it:
"New Boyfriend" Clay Pigeon Original with a "Rocking" Christmas break...
"The Grinch Song" with The Funky In The Middle Horns
Hope you had a Merry Xmas and have a Safe New Year.