The “Tape” is Real. The first music video from Parlour Bells in 5 years, “Sanctuary Cities,” has arrived!
On Sunday, August 2, 2015, Parlour Bells enjoyed the distinct honor of performing as the supporting act for a newly reformed Culture Club featuring all four of its original core members (Boy George, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss, Roy Hay) at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in the City’s thriving Seaport district. In a strange coincidence, Parlour Bells singer and principal songwriter Goddamn Glenn learned about the booking via group text message as he was making his way to the Pavilion to catch The Smashing Pumpkins / Marilyn Manson concert 5 days before the Culture Club show would take place. The 2014 Boston Music Awards nominee for Live Artist of the Year, Parlour Bells leapt at the opportunity to open for the iconic, New Romantic legends most famously known for their hits “Karma Chameleon,” “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of the Heart)” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.”
The band welcomed its cadre of faithful photographers to the event and helped secure them access to the Pavilion’s photo pit as a token of thanks for all their coverage over the years. Below are some of the photos from Coleman Rogers, Mike Oliver and Adam P. Salsman.
Parlour Bells delivered a 45 minute set to the gracious and receptive Blue Hills Bank Pavilion crowd. Press from both The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe were in attendance and said of the band’s opening set:
Parlour Bells…a great pick to open for Culture Club and I recommend Live Nation consider the glam demi-gods provide support for any Bowie, Morrissey or Jane’s Addiction shows that come along. — Jed Gottlieb, The Boston Herald
Boston’s own Parlour Bells treated the crowd to a short but lean opening set of theatrical glam rock. Taking a picture of the audience, frontman Goddamn Glenn instructed everyone to say the evening’s unofficial motto: “I’ll tumble for ya.” — James Reed, The Boston Globe
After the performance, Parlour Bells greeted their new fans near the merch area, where they also said hello to Boston DJ and local rock supporter Anngelle Wood, who took in Parlour Bells’ set before jetting off to her shift at 100.7 WZLX where she then kicked off her Boston Emissions program with a block of 4 Parlour Bells songs in celebration of the evening.
Afterwards, the band took in Culture Club’s fantastic set stageside, and then spent some moments chatting after the show. Backstage, Elvira “Mistress of the Dark” even made a surprise appearance.
During one memorable exchange, Parlour Bells gave legendary frontman Boy George the task of choosing the Culture Club song the band should cover in the future. His response underscored his authenticity and integrity as a songwriter as he suggested that the band cover a lesser known (albeit clearly cherished) song called “Love Is Love” from the 1984 pre-Internet singularity computer/human romance sleeper Electric Dreams. George relayed that while it was a favorite, the song hadn’t received a great deal of attention or airplay over the years. Glenn made a point to queue the song up upon returning home and instantly understood how perfect it was for the band to cover.
Parlour Bells would like to thank Culture Club, their crew, the staff of Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and Live Nation for being tremendously accommodating and helpful to the band, for this historic opportunity, and for a night we will never forget.
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Boston’s own glittery rock powerhouse Parlour Bells will perform on Sunday 8/2/15 at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in support of legendary English 80s pop ensemble Culture Club. Perhaps one of the most representative bands of the 1980s, Culture Club, fronted by iconic singer Boy George, gave us international hits such as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, “Time (Clock of the Heart)”, “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya”, “Church of the Poison Mind”, “Karma Chameleon” and “Miss Me Blind.”
Parlour Bells recently returned from a fantastic showing at The Outlaw Roadshow in Nashville, and then helped its hometown bid farewell to Boston’s beloved TT the Bear’s the Place on 7/22/15. Fronted by the eye-shadowy and theatrical Goddamn Glenn, Parlour Bells delivers the blistering, soulful guitar virtuosity of Boston’s great Nathaniel Leavitt, infectious basslines of Brendan Boogie, the shimmering synth, grace and power of Magen Tracy, and the visceral thunder of Paul Myers on drums. This impeccably dressed, stylish band was named one of Boston’s Ten Top live acts by The Improper Bostonian, has been cited as one of Boston’s best by CBS, and has scored two Boston Music Awards nominations. In 2013 their video for barroom anthem “Bachelor Hours” earned a Video of the Year Nomination. And in 2014, Parlour Bells was nominated Live Artist of the Year.
Since forming in 2010, Parlour Bells has seduced its audience with boozy, sexy anthems like Pet Names, Speak Up, O Holiday and You Don’t Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears You (featuring Morphine’s Dana Colley on sax). They caught the attention of guitarist Dave Navarro with their acoustic cover of Jane’s Addiction’s “Classic Girl.” Recently, the band has been teasing out singles like “Wetware” and “Celebrities On Ice,” science fiction rockers which will culminate in the band’s first ever full length release, expected in 2016.
On a personal note, Parlour Bells singer Goddamn Glenn considers Culture Club to be one of his earliest glam pop rock influences. He considers the exoticism and avante garde persona of Boy George to be fundamental to that of his own.
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On 7/22/15 Parlour Bells helped one of Boston’s legendary venues say goodbye after over 40 years in business. TT the Bear’s Place opened in 1973 and was relaunched in 1984 as a rock club in Central Square, Cambridge MA. The venue would go on to host such legendary rock acts as Jane’s Addiction, Arcade Fire and Boston’s own The Pixies. Parlour Bells performed their first show at the club as a warm up gig to prepare for the 2012 Rock n’ Roll Rumble. The Rumble has been held at TT’s since 2011, and in 2012 Parlour Bells was selected to compete. Parlour Bells were joined in their farewell by a reunited Ad Frank and the Fast Easy Women, Cujo (featuring Jen Trynin), The Lights Out, and Francine. At the close of their performance, Glenn invited his 19 year old nephew Michael (also an aspiring musician) to join him on stage as a tip of the hat to the next generation, with the hope that they would restore a vibrance to the music community where it has recently fallen short. The venue closes its doors on 7/25/15.
Parlour Bells joined 30 bands from across the US to take part in The Outlaw Roadshow, Nashville, performing on 7/17/15 at the legendary Mercy Lounge in Cannery Row. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and Ryan Spaulding, Editor of Ryan’s Smashing Life Music Blog met during a press interview in 2008 as Counting Crows were about to release their Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings album. The two joined forces to create The Outlaw Roadshow music showcase. After dates in Austin and NYC, Duritz and Spaulding decided to present the first ever Outlaw in Nashville. “This will be the first ever Outlaw in Nashville and we’re really excited, ” said Spaulding. “This was the vision I had for the event all along, to be in a music city and sharing discoveries with friends. It’s like making a mixtape for someone who can and will enjoy it. This is just a better music event – and it’s exciting to have a new home.”