cc: First New York Show Since 1978
In their first American show in 34 years, 10cc won over a New York audience with an eclectic mix of theatrical rock and pop.
In their first American show in 34 years, 10cc won over a New York audience Friday night with an eclectic mix of theatrical rock and pop. Co-founder Graham Gouldman opened with an acoustic set of material he wrote for other artists -- such as "Heart Full of Soul," "Bus Stop" and "No Milk Today." As the show rolled on, he was joined by and harmonized with band-mates Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens, capped by a four-part harmony take on "For Your Love." The opening segment also included a pair from Gouldman's upcoming solo album Love and Work. The standout was the ultra-poignant "Daybreak," which he told the crowd was inspired by the death last year of Graham's friend and frequent collaborator Andrew Gold.
Following intermission, the electric set mixed radio hits "I'm Not and Love" and "The Things We Do for Love" with edgier material such as "Art for Art Sake" and "Wall Street Shuffle." The guys encored with a stunning a cappella take on their '50s-styled British hit "Donna" before rockin' out with "Rubber Bullets."
With a musical identity placing them in the neighborhood of The Moody Blues and Queen, 10cc reintroduced themselves to the States in impressive fashion.