So last Friday I covered The Pretty Reckless/Heaven’s Basement/Louna show at House of Blues Dallas. This was an interesting evening for several reasons. Firstly, when I got there I learned that the band that I was mainly there to write about, Louna, had just been robbed that afternoon of a TON of stuff by some lowlife. He busted into their van while they were trying to have a nice lunch and made off with electronics, clothes, and important documents. I am writing about this AGAIN in the hopes that someone reading this will have some information to help out. Click here and you’ll see a link to donate via PayPal; any little bit helps, guys.
The second thing that made this night interesting was the fact that despite their horrific day, Louna came out swinging from the opening tip. They say the show must go on, and this band took it to a whole new level. It’s like they channeled all the pent-up feelings of the day and just played their asses off! Lead singer Lousine Gevorkian prowled the stage like a lioness, and in many ways she reminded me of a younger DORO. And that’s a HUGE compliment for me to say that, but it’s true. “Up There” was especially good live, along with “Let’s Get Louder”. The band played a too-short set in my opinion, but that’s because I’m a newly-converted fan who wanted more!
The second band was Heaven’s Basement. I really wasn’t into them. To be honest, I’ve seen it before and overall I just wasn’t impressed. As a matter of fact, after about three songs of silly cock-rock, I went upstairs to get away from it, and I’ll just leave it at that.
This brings me to the headliner of the evening: The Pretty Reckless. Ok, Taylor Momsen may be gorgeous, and some of their songs may rock, but live they were more like The Pretty Lifeless. Even the between song patter was dead; it didn’t seem like Taylor was having any fun up there, despite the screams of countless teenage girls wearing waaaay too much makeup and clothes they clearly changed into at friends’ houses.
So at the end of the day, I was reminded of one very valuable lesson. If you have tickets to a show, get there early if you don’t know much about the openers. This is the second time in two weeks that an opening band blew me away, and the first time in a longtime that said opener blew the next two bands off the stage. And once again on behalf of the people of Dallas I sincerely hope that this experience hasn’t soured Louna on playing here in future. We’re not all like the lowlife that robbed them.
From everyone I talked to, they sure made a lot of new fans here that night who are dying to have them back!